If you have problems with a hard drive

Allow the computer to cool before turning it on — A hot hard drive may prevent the operating system from starting. Try allowing the computer to return to room temperature before turning it on.

Check the drive for errors

1.

In Windows XP, click the Start button and click My Computer. In

Windows 2000, double-click My Computer.

2.

Right-click the drive letter (local disk) that you want to scan for

errors, and then click Properties.

3.

Click the Tools tab.

4.

Under Error-checking, click Check Now.

5.

Click Start.

6.

Run the IDE Drive tests. See Using the Dell Diagnostics."

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