I was on my laptop, Inspiron 8100, and everything was fine, no errors or anything. Took a break and when I came back my computer had a black screen. I tried to restart and it goes to the dell load page and windows Vista page but that’s it. It goes back and forth between the two pages. A blue screen pops up between them for about half a second. I took a picture of it so I could read it, the error code is 0x000000ed. After this when I restarted my laptop it showed me disk boot failure. Every time I tried to recover the HDD I failed and got the same message.
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Turn the 8100 off then hold down the Fn key and press the power button releasing both of them at the same time. It should run through some short diagnostics. If your HD is truely toasted this may not work as its a hidden partition on the HD itself.