So I've pretty much picked up by reading around that this means my hard drive is heading down the drain. Fast. I know I need to call Dell and get new one. Some people who have posted are still able to turn their computers on, but it just crashes after a while. My Inspiron 1720, however was working perfectly when I had it on in the morning, then when I turned it on 4 hours later, refused to start Vista.
Please someone tell me there is something I can do to get the files I had yet to back up! I try to do backups regularly but of course its tax season and I wasnt fast enough I guess!!
P.S. People keep saying to request a pre-imaged drive. What does that mean exactly? Thank You!!!
How do you normally backup your computer? Do you burn files to cd/dvd disks or to an external usb hard drive?
Can you boot to safemode desktop?
Getting a pre-imaged drive means Dell will send you the hard drive configured for your system ready to startup and go. You don't need to fresh install Vista on the hard drive. Don't know if they actually will do that?
So the first priority here is to try and get your data off of your hard drive. I recommend using a BartPE live CD. You can create this CD and put burning softwre on it as well as network drivers etc. You would boot with the BartPE CD and see if you can access your files on the Vista hard drive. If you can then you can copy them over.
Here is a link to BartPE website.
Ask for a replacement drive with Windows and all factory installed programs already on the drive. This is only available if you are getting a warranty replacement. If you are out of warranty you can buy a new drive from any retailer. You'll have to install Windows and all the programs yourself.
Meantime, have you tried booting to your Windows disk?
It just means that some sector of the hard drive is bad. Back in the day, we used to run Norton Disk Doctor or Scandisk and fix the offending sector(s) and continue on our way. If it keeps getting bad sectors, then your drive is in dire need of replacement.