I was given a Dell Inspiron which had crashed, by a friend who wanted me to recover some files for him. He got his files and a new laptop, I got the old one. Now I want to restore it. When the machine is poweered on it goes to a black screen with "BOOTMGR is missing", "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."
I can hit F12 to change boot options, access BIOS Setup, and Diagnostics.
DST Short Test Failed
Error Code 0146
Msg: Error code 2000 - 0146
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - self test log contains previous error(s)
All other tests: Pass
After extensive memory tests a message box opens "Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to continue." Options are "Memory test", "System Test", and "Exit". Again all memory tests pass. After choosing "System Test", I ran the "Express Test". Two errors found:
Error code 0F00:065D
Msg:DISK - Self test read error
Error code 0F00:133C
Msg: DISK - Read error. check disk
All Other tests Pass.
There is a prompt to press F2 for Setup which doesn't work. I am also unable to boot into safe mode using F8.
I am able to boot into "GParted" from a cd. I ran the memory test, which passed. GParted lists the drives as follows:
/dev/sda1 fat16 no label 39.19MB 8.49MB used 30.70MB unused flag - diag
/dev/sda2 ntfs recovery 14.65GB 3.02GB used 11.63GB unused no flag
/dev/sda3 ntfs OS 218.20GB 3.00GB used 215.20GB unused flag - boot
Finally I have managed to boot the machine with a Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10. I updated the antivirus and ran a scan. It came back clean. The File Manager shows three folders - sda1, sda2, sda3. (The sda3 folder is empty).
I was told that I should be able to reformat the OS partition and restore from the recovery partition. So; how do I restore from the recovery partition?