First time: I think this was before I even installed any of my own programs. Tried running Startup Repair... which failed to start up, and I reset again.
Second time: Immediately following the first, I decided to run Windows normally without Startup Repair, and it worked.
Third time: I decided to try Startup Repair again. It went through this time, and when prompted to try a System Restore I did.
Fourth time: ...apparently that didn't work, because it happened again. This one happened when I started it for the first time this morning, 10/16. I noticed that the Seagate Drive was attached when I started it this morning. I did another System Restore.
Fifth time: 10/16. Pressed F8 and tried to start with Boot Logging. Not sure if ntbtlog.txt recorded the failure, or only the following time when I tried to boot in safe mode. (Safe Mode did work the one time I tried that)
Unfortunately I haven't noticed any patterns to this behavior yet. It seems that it doesn't matter whether it's a startup from the off state, or a restart. Nor do I know if it's a Windows 7 problem or a Dell laptop problem. Any ideas?
Edited by Okuu, 16 October 2011 - 04:30 PM.