Message Edited by dg1261 on 07-12-200606:02 AM
Many times I tried it before and I dit it one more time. The result is nothing. Computer doesn't boot. Writes like "loading PBR descriptor ....1 done, No boot loader..." or same something. My active partitions goes. First partition become active again and takes drive letter "C" again. I also create 3rd partitions after C to try. Samethings happen again.
I have created the first 47MB area with dell upc32 tools. After than,reappear blue dell diagnostic sign upside of screen. Dell media direct repair utility make it disappear again. I have 2 different version of media direct repairing utility, i tried both of them.
"There is a tool in it to make up harddisk the way dell creates system diagnostic folder, and puts its files. Using the tool, makes harddisk free all of the partition, and creates 27 MB FAT partition, begininig of the disk. It clears everything on the disk."
Okay, we need to figure out if you still have the HPA or not. I'm not familiar with the tool you're using, so there's a question just how completely it clears everything on the disk--whether it also cleared the HPA or not. Normally, tools cannot see the HPA so they'll clear everything they can see on the disk and the hidden HPA will still be left there. But since it's a Dell tool and a Dell HPA, perhaps it knows it's there and also clears the HPA. We'll need to get more information to find out.
You'll need the following tools:
- a USB flash drive (so you have a place to store files). Borrow one if you need to.
- visit www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm and download dsrfix.zip. Extract the dsrfixcd.iso file and use it to make a bootable CD.
- visit www.partitionsupport.com and download ident11.zip. Extract the identify.exe file and copy it onto the flash drive.
- insert the flash drive in a USB port, and insert the dsrfix CD in the CD drive.
- reboot, press F12 at the POST screen (big Dell logo) to get to the bios startup menu. Select to boot from CD.
- the laptop should boot from CD and leave you at the 'A' prompt.
- execute the commands "dir c:", "dir d:", "dir e:", etc., to see if you can determine which drive letter has been assigned to the USB flash drive. (It should be the one that lists the identify.exe file.) Use that drive letter for 'x' in the following two steps.
- execute the command "a:\dsrfix /d > x:\dsrfix.txt" (without quotes, of course)
- execute the command "x:\identify x:\identify.txt"
- the flash drive should now hold two text files, dsrfix.txt and identify.txt, containing the results of the two tests. Email those two files to me at dsrfix (at) goodells.net.