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Hard Drive failure, recovery partition visible, main inaccessible


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#1 nightan

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:43 PM

I have a similar problem to another user that was posted late last year here.

 

I have downloaded partedmagic but it doesn't seem to want to boot up from the CD in my system. It is a Dell XPS L502X. I am going to see if I can at least use the boot disk on another machine.

 

I would appreciate if anyone could provide some insight.

 

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:45 PM

When you press power button, look on the screen for "Boot Options" button, click that button again&again until you can go into boot options, if too late, (computer booted from HDD.) then restart and try again. From boot options panel, select CD drive and press enter.

 

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 12:26 PM

Hi, To add to what sirawit mentions, in case You miss the onscreen prompt on a Dell F12 is the boot device options button, Press it when the Dell logo appears.

Also You run the Dell Diagnostics from that menu.

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:17 PM

thanks sirawit and rotor123,

 

for some reason the boot disc does not want to load on the corrupt XPS. I can hear it whirring for about 15 seconds and then it kicks me to the start recovery or normal windows page.

 

The same boot disc works like a charm and opens the parted magic OS on my dell precision laptop. I'm not sure why it works on 1 machine and not on the other.

 

I do have the CD/DVD as the first boot device on both computers.

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:44 PM

Since the disk works in another computer, It could be a defective drive.

Or it could be that You wrote a DVD and the drive is a CD-Rom drive.

 

Substitution could tell.

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

I'm leaning towards a defective drive, but at the moment I don't have any way to confirm. I've successfully burned and viewed DVD's as late as 3 weeks back.

 

Are there any DVD only drives? I'm going to have to check if the drive only plays DVD's or CD's as well. My Boot disc is a CD.

 

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