Hi this is my first post so please bear with me!
I run a stock Dell Dimension E520 from around 2007 with Win XP Pro fully patched to sp3 and up-to-date. I've never had any major problems with it and nothing customised except adding 2GB of additional RAM.
Everything was working fine until the system just rebooted itself!?
I appear to have contracted the MBR virus discussed in this forum http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/486062-windows-xp-freezes-1-continuous-beep.html
I tried to run Malwarebytes but the system kept on freezing and wouldn't allow me to connect to the internet. I had to keep forcing shut down from the power button.
All of a sudden Ii turn it on again and now it won't even boot! At BIOS screen it says 'No boot device available'
Does this mean the hard-drive is dead and the data unrecoverable? I have original Dell OS Reinstallation CD (XP Pro SP 2) - can this fix anything or is the system dead?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.