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gcg123
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Re: can't boot from my dell restore cd

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My 5 1/2 year old XPS 400 had the same problem.  I tried everything on every forum I could find and nothing worked.  After much experimenting HERE IS WHAT FINALLY WORKED FOR ME:  Put the Dell OS CD into an external USB CD or DVD drive.  The computer will recognize that.  For some reason a lot of Dell computers won't recognize the internal IDE controlled DVD drives when the hard disk is replaced but, it will recognize an external drive.  I bought a Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2/0 Adapter for $18 plus shipping from TigerDirect and used an old extra internal DVD drive for my new external drive for the OS install.  Everything worked without a hitch.  I fully installed my OS yesterday from the old Dell OS Re-installation CD.  Now my old Dell computer has new life and  runs great!  BTW, the same SATA/IDE to USB Adapter has allowed me to off load the data from the old drive onto the new (my problem was there was a hard disk error in the system file so the computer wouldn't boot up but, the data was still good).

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theflash1932
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Re: can't boot from my dell restore cd

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It is bad media.  Many newer DVD drives can read through scratches that older/cheaper drives cannot, but it is still your media.

Anyway ... glad you got it working 🙂

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gcg123
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Re: can't boot from my dell restore cd

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It wasn't bad media.  It was an unsealed, unused CD in pristine condition.  The drive wouldn't read it when it was an internal IDE drive but, this same 5 year old drive did read it when I made it an external USB drive.

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readdream
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RE: can't boot from my dell restore cd

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OK, here's the scoop. I had the same problem. After trying things from here and other sites, came up with the real solution: This computer cannot boot from P ATA drives. I hooked in a newer cd rom with SATA and it booted right up from the cd.

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