I'm helping a friend repair his computer and I'm running into several problem.
It all started with the BSOD the message is Mountable_Boot_Volume 0x00000ED, I checked the cable and is ok and seated correctly, I ran the chkdsk /r and fixboot utilities using the win Xp cd, and nothing helped, then I ran Dell's diagnostics and is giving me an error 7 on the HD test. After that a message started to pop up now is looking for a floppy drive (which it doesnt have one), then the bios would not hold any saved change, you think the cmos battery is exausted? also it wont see any sata drives (both the hd and the dvd). I have a hunch this drive is fried and since it has a restore partition on it how do I install the os on another drive since dell doesnt support win xp anymore? Please help. I'm also thinking of updating the memory to its max capacity, btw what is the biggest h/d size supported by win xp.
Dell Dimension E310 1 gb ram win xp multimedia
The hard drive is indeed toast. If the system isn't retaining the CMOS settings, replace the battery (it's a $3-5 CR-2032 lithium button cell battery).
If you plan on keeping the system a while, it's time to upgrade from XP to a newer version of Windows - 7 or 8. All support for XP - security updates included - ends on April 9, 2014 -- so it's not really worth taking the trouble to restore XP on the system.