I previously had thought my hard drive had died. Refer to http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=insp_harddrive&thread.id=60397 this post. After having taken it into my local computer shop (he checked the drive on another computer) it seems that's not the case. My computer is working again, so far, though I haven't done anything but install the operating system and some antivirus software. What I need to know is, is there anyway that the DST log can be erased? The error is bugging me and I don't want to be working on my computer and have it go down, so I'd like to be reassured that it's in complete working condition again. Is there any other possible way that error could come about in some other way than hard drive failure?
the event log is an item in the BIOS menu (Yes F2 to access at boot) near the bottom of the page should be a listing for the event log, enter that section & there is an option to clear it. then exit BIOS & the error should be gone.
Well I am so sorry to say that you cannot clear the DST logs by going to the system BIOS however you need to tell me what is the exact error code you are getting while running the diags when you press f12 at the Dell logo and go to the diags coz the diags for the hdd gives you a result while running DST SHORT STATUS test it could range from error code like1000-0142 to 1000-0146, depending on the error code I could suggest you what needs to be done in case of your error DST log contains previous error(s) doing a chkdsk /r or a repair reinstall of xp might resolve the issue.