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My Dell Inspiron N5050 won't start.

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August 12, 2013 7:55:00 AM

Last night, my laptop got switched off on its own due to low battery but after that when i started it by pressing power button, it shows the dell logo, goes to a black screen with a white cursor then comes back to the dell logo again and it is repeating itself.

I went to the boot option(F12)>Diagnostics. It shows-

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Error Code 2000-0142

Validation 22633

Msg: Hard Drive 0-S/N S2WAQ16L, self test unsseccusful. Status=7

The given error code and message can be used by Dell Technical Support to help diagnose the problem.

Do you want to continue testing.

-----------------------------------------------along with 7 periodic beeps and Caps Lock blinking along the beeps.

Here are a few things i tried that didn't work-

1. took off the battery, put it back and switched on.

2. pressed the F2 key, went to the advanced option>SATA Operation. It is AHCI beforehand and among options there are ATA and AHCI only.

3. went to the boot option. Selected hard drive as 1st priority.

4. The fixed HDD option shows the name and size correctly.

5 Tried the restore defaults option in EXIT tab.

The F8 key doesn't show any option. There is no beep sound either.

Please help. I don't want formatting to be an option.
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August 12, 2013 9:15:57 AM

Sounds like a failing hard drive... a new one is needed.
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