Finally gone as far as i can go

  cravenbiker 19:44 08 Jul 2008

I tried to resolve the prob that i had with my re-occuring install by using using kill disk to wipe the hard drive, i left it on last night and woke to a blue screen that said "disk error" in white writing.
So i thought id turn off from the on/off button and see what happened, when i go to boot from disc, the original error message comes up and when i try to boot From HD i get a blackscreen shortly after i hit the F1 button to continue booting and the writing on the black screen reads:

Loading PBR for descriptor 2 ... done.

Any ideas what I can do without throwing it out of the window , i have thought about that about 5 times now and come close.....
Please help.


  cravenbiker 19:58 08 Jul 2008

this may be of no significance but when i called dell today they said that my machine has 2x160gb HD dont know if that would have made a difference?

  cravenbiker 20:51 08 Jul 2008


  sidecar sid 21:02 08 Jul 2008
  Technotiger 21:05 08 Jul 2008

I don't know if this will help, but worth a read ... click here

  Technotiger 21:05 08 Jul 2008

Snap !!

  cravenbiker 21:33 08 Jul 2008

well done guys, thnks
im in the process of dloading the bootdisk as the "R" command does not seem to appear to working.

can i boot this from a flash stick or do i have to write it onto a cd.
this is all new to me, is there a particular way i should write it onto a cd?

  woodchip 21:39 08 Jul 2008

I think you Hard Drive as not ducked fast enough to dodge the bullet. Time to look into your Wallet

  cravenbiker 21:41 08 Jul 2008

ill try the boot disc first i think,

  Technotiger 21:53 08 Jul 2008

Try it from a Flash stick, it will not be a very big program.

  Jim_F 23:01 08 Jul 2008

It appears you've decided the info on the disk is toast - my advice would be to get a disk clear/diagnostic utility from the disk manufacturer - these are free, usually available to write to bootdisks and also come with utilities to test the disk.

Specialist disk formats and general diagnostic tools sometimes combine to make things worse !

If there is a second drive that you can see in bios (drive 0 is generally the boot, drive one the second drive) then I'd say either disable it disconnect it.

Finally boot flash drives/CDs do require special formats - the utilties provided by manufacturers usually tell you how to do this although a program like Nero can make a CD boot like a floppy - of course if you have a floppy drive then it can all be that much easier !

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