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Possible Ill Or Dead Laptop Hard Drive


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Greetings to all; I'm new.

Classic situation:

My wife leaves tomorrow morning for a business trip and it is late. I'm afraid her hard drive is ill or gone. It is an Inspiron 300 laptop, and will not boot into windows. (XP) I get an 1000-0146 error message during diagnostics, and a 1-4-6 beep count.

I've reseated the hard drive, but see no difference. I'm tempted to drive half an hour to where I can borrow an XP CD, in hopes that there will be something worthwhile left on the drive once I'm up and running. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.


btw, this error code and Google brought me to this site!

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I have been down the same road with my Dell and the beep codes you received is not your standard BIOS beep code. You will notice that the beep code matches the last part of the error code you received. This code is telling you that there were errors with the Disk Self Test and 99% of the time this is due to a bad drive.

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