How do I make a damaged hdd readable to bootable media again?

By nastrodamus666 ·
A client brought in a rather battle scared dell. The laptop was dropped by her kids and there is alot of damage to the side of the dell (insperon 1525) with the disc drive and usb ports. The hdd boots into windows vista as it was the only disk that would recognize the hdd for installation. Problem is, the system won't recognize any other bootable media say vista and compatible ms dart v6. Client wants xp back on as having a previous back experience with vista. Is there anyway to get the hdd and other bootables to hand shale again? Running diagnostics on the disk showed nothing though there are obvious graphical errors and the like.

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It may just be me

by Michael Jay In reply to How do I make a damaged h ...

but in this situation, an older damaged laptop, I would suggest getting any data that is important off this unit and procuring a new PC.

Your description of the damage may mean removing the hard drive and slaving it to another computer to get the data, if I am not mistaking the model type this is a 3 year old laptop and possibly out of warranty, and even if the warranty was still active this kind of damage is not covered.

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Humpty Dumpty Sat On a Wall...(no added text needed)

by dldorrance In reply to How do I make a damaged h ...
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Most likely the reason for this is because it has a SATA HDD

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How do I make a damaged h ...

Do as Seanferd said and load the SATA Driver by either Pressing the F6 Key when the first blue screen appears in the XP installer or make a Slipstreamed Install Disc with the SATA Driver Included.

You can use nLite to make the Slipstreamed Image and include whatever drivers besides the SATA Driver is needed for this particular piece of Hardware.


Just make sure to read the Instructions on the nLite Site listed under Guides here



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