Got up the other morning and computer wouldn't boot up. Got the Dell Bios screen then the following...
Loading PBR Descriptor 2......
A Disk Read Error has occured, press Cntl + Alt +Del to reboot.
Pressing CNTL + Alt +Del only repeated the cycle.
Ran the dell diagnostics from cd boot options. Gave Error Code 7 and the hard drive failed its test.
Next I booted from windows xp cd and went into Repair and ran chkdsk.
After 24 hours chkdsk was only 5% completed.
Gave up on that, powered off, rebooted to repair from the xp cd and this time I ran fixmbr.
Now when I powered up I got then Dell Bios screen and then nothing at all, no error code just a black screen with an underscore cursor flashing in upper left corner. Sigh.
So I went a bought a new Sata Hard drive, took the old one out, and installed the new one and reisntalled windows xp clean. Computer running great but 5 years of my critical data gone. I was given the advice of installing the "bad" hard drive in my computer as a slave in order recover the data. Did not know how to do that so i just installed the "bad" hard drive as a 2nd hard drive and plugged it into port 2 on motherboard. New Hard drive went into Port 0. Went back into setup and enabled SATA DRIVE 2 in BIOS and rebooted.
Windows took FOREVER to load (THe Windows Splash Screen with the blue bars flashing side to side was active for ten mins.) Finally windows was up.
BIOS recongnized the old drive on PORT2, and Device manager recognized it by name and put the drivers in but Windows explorer did not show the drive nor did Disk Manager. And it took Disk Manager 10 minutes to "work", and still did not show the "old" drive.
I was very dumb and disabled system restore on my xp to improve performance. Last time i will ever do that. Does anyone know how to slave this old hard drive or how to recover the data. Both my drives are SATA and there are no jumpers or ribbons and I cant seem to get any answers on how to do it.
Please help if you can!