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hansformat

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Ztruker/Happyrck:

I posted this issue on the Dell community forum and got this response today from someone named Rod. What is your opinion...could this work?

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Run BIOS setup and change the hard drive setting from RAID to RAID Autodetect/ATA. It shouldn't ask you for the RAID drivers again and should allow the install to run.

E510 BIOS settings



<> If you haven't already reformatted the hard drive, have you rebooted and gone to F8 menu and tried "last known good"?


And if you haven't already reformatted, there's still the option of a Repair/Reinstall which will only reinstall XP but shouldn't affect personal files or the software you installed. And if you haven't reformatted, you could run PC Restore which will reset the hard drive to exactly the way Dell shipped it with XP, drivers, and all preinstalled software. Your personal stuff will be lost after PC Restore.



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give it a try...
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Ztruker & Happyrck:

Changing the BIOS setting to autodetect RAID did not make any difference. In fact it was already set to autodetect. So it still doesn't see any XP installation and therefore cannot repair it.

So it would appear my choices are:
1. Try the floppy.
Question on this...have either of you guys ever tried a USB floppy...what I am asking in particular is whether such a drive is recognized as drive A:? The reason I am asking is obviously this would be much less hassle than opening up the machine.

2. PC Restore.
I could do this...but then I would have to reinstall everything and restore my backed up data.

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Jason, here is some info to look at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/916196
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Thanks for this info. I just ordered the Mitsumi. Hold your breadth.

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