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Usually boot discs only start the process and an XP CD is needed to complete it
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Wat can i do then
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Borrowing a CD would be good

Boot the PC and keep tapping the delete key, possibly F2 until it enters BIOS set up, look for BIOS defaults, load those, press F10 to save, type Y to confirm, press enter to reboot
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ok ill see what i can do
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ok im gonna have to wipe the whole thing


its been sugested that i use norton ghost should i (dell technical suport)
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Will you lose any data using Norton
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i will lose everythingwhich i dnt particlarly want to do but all dells have it ready installed and i simply pres ctl.+f11 or something and it sets everything back too when i first got it but as i say wipes everything apart from what i had on it the first time which i dont particularly want to do but the guy from dell thinks this is best and would also work better as hes not sure using the disk would let the program boot.

so its all one big catch.
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It is likely to boot from the disc as the repair option is mostly dependent on the disc kicking in before the operating system usually would

If you have access to another PC you could remove the hard drive, install it as a slave in the other PC, transfer the data, put the drive back in its own PC and run Dell recovery

http://www.askbobran...hard_drive.html
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Ive opened the case and can get access to the hard drive but im not sure how to disconect it do i rench the plugs out ?
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Check carefully how they are attached, no clips or anything, whichever, it should not be hard to remove

That's something the Tech could do if you are unsure
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Ok ill post back when its done
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Hope it goes well
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Ok things have turned for the worst as usual and i managed to get the harddrive out but my other computers to old t mo have the right connection so im going to have to norton ghost it .

I would just like to say thanks for all your help and to suay that you are the most useful-helpful and detailed site for this kind of problem and i would donate if i was aloud but i am unable to do so because im only a teenager but i guess ive learned another valuable lesson from this.

Thanks again,
Duncan
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