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adstewart1
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Dell Inspiron b130

The problem i am having is i cannot boot to my OS all of a sudden it just stops at a screen with an error that says
 
Unmountable Boot Volume
 
Any ideas the laptop is about 3 years old but was working fine and all of a sudden i got this also it does seem to be running very hot on the bottom.
 
 
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ejn63
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

The hard drive has failed. To confirm, power on, press F12, and load the Dell diagnostic partition. Run an extended test of the hard drive (it'll test the fan as well -- if the fan isn't working and the system overheated, that can easily destroy the hard drive in short order).
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adstewart1
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

Right now we are running the test cannot boot to os and it is checking all the possible symptoms we will try the extended test after any other thing it could be besides that also if we put in the cd and restart from scratch will that help or not
 
Thanks
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ejn63
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

It is almost certainly a failed hard drive.
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adstewart1
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

would it be worth fixing or just buy a new laptop since it is 3 years old
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ejn63
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

If it's just a hard drive, it's well worth fixing; they're inexpensive to replace (from $50 or so for an 80G 5400 rpm drive).
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adstewart1
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

does dell have to do it or can i have a qualified computer tech install it what is the cheapest way to go about it i know a few people that own computer repair businesses
 
 
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ejn63
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

Installing the drive is trivial; you then have to reload the operating system, which is tedious and time consuming but not difficult.
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adstewart1
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

if you have never taken a laptop apart should you try to do it yourself or just have a computer tech do it what is all involved i know in a desktop it is easy but laptops are harder to work on
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ejn63
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Re: Dell Inspiron b130

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1300/en/sm/hdd.htm#wp1084976
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