Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 1318 Notebook ?

On powering up, the laptop shows the following message on the upper right corner of the screen: "a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart" When I do as the message suggests, I receive the same message. I do not have 'restore' disks nor a back up system. What can I do to get the system to boot up?


Answers :

You have three things to do
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\015\0121. remove the drive and re-install a couple of times to ensure it was not the connector.
\015\012If it boots up ok you are fine.
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\015\0122. remove the disk and install it in a suitable 2.5" usb enclosure and connect it to another PC to one of its usb 2.0 ports (not usb 1.0)
\015\012If you can read the drive then in windows explorer or my computer select the drive and RIGHT click on it.
\015\012Select properties then tools
\015\012Now select error checking and tick the two top boxes
\015\012Then start
\015\012Let it do what ir needs, you have just told it to try and fix as many errors as it can.
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\015\012When it is done put it back in the laptop.
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\015\0123. If the laptop still fail to boot then it may require repairs that can be expensive
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\015\012If however you had problems at 2. above then your hard drive has failed.
\015\012This is not as bad as it sounds as laptop hard drives are quite cheap at the moment and you can install a larger one.
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\015\012Your only concern is to provide an operating system.
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\015\012My choice would be XP PRO or HOME rather than vista
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