Having problems with your Dell Latitude D600 Notebook ?

NO BOOT SECTOR ON HARD DRIVE

\015 WHEN I TURN ON THE DELL LATITUDE D600 I GET NO BOOT SECTOR ON HARD DRIVE-NO BOOTABLE DEVICES. THIS ALL OF A SUDDEN SHOWED UP AFTER AN AUTOMATIC UPDATE. I RAN THE DIAGNOSTICS WITH F-12 ALL TEST PASSED BUT THEN IT SAID INSERT DRIVER AND UTILITY CD WHICH DID NOT COME WITH THE COMPUTER.\015\012HELP PLEASE!!!!!\015

Answers :

Afraid you are going to have to get ahold of a copy of the Dell operating system. Once you get that loaded, you can go to www.dell.com to download/install all of the device drivers.
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\015\012You can actually use any retail operating system version, does not have to be dell. It is only that the dell copy is less expensive. You might try getting that on Craigs List or Ebay.
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\015\012Good Luck
When the computer asks for the utility CD, it is actually looking to run the rest of the diagnostics test. This typically occurs because the utility partition which held the diagnostics is no longer available. To verify the drive is there, run the F12 test again and look for the DST (drive self test) to verify it has passed. If that passes, you have a few options on what to do next-
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\015\012Send the drive to a data recovery company
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\015\012Remove and re-seat the drive and try to boot again
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\015\012Use a Windows XP or 2000 SP4 CD and run recovery console, and type the following commands (just the words between quotes)
\015\012- "map" (this will display any partitions)
\015\012- "fixboot" (will try to fix the boot sector that reported a problem)
\015\012- "fixmbr" (will try to fix the master boot record)
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\015\012Use the same CD to reinstall the operating system
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\015\012As for the drivers and utility CD from Dell, that won't be readily available. All of the drivers you will need to reinstall the operating system can be found here- http://tinyurl.com/daxgzy
\015\012If the drive self test fails, you will need to replace the hard drive and reinstall everything. Again, please note that there is a good probability that data loss has occurred.
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