My neighbor attempted to go see Erin Andrews (I know) and has screwed up his computer. I went over and can see the drive in the BIOS, have done the system check of the hard drive and it passed. If I attempt to boot Windows XP it BSOD's referring to a Logon process issue and hangs.
I then attempted to boot from his installation CD and when I get to the point of trying to launch Recovery, it dies saying :No hard drive found". Same if I attempt to reinstall the OS, it says it cannot find a hard drive although the Dell Diagnostics can see and test the hard drive from the utility partition.
I went as far as pulling the drive out of his computer , taking it home and slaving it on my system and, I can see the files on the disk just fine.
Any clues as to what to attempt next? Since I cannot boot an OS on that system, I was wondering if there is any hope of fixing this,
Thanks in advance for any assistance