Hi, I'm hoping that someone can help. My son has a Dell Inspiron 1501 which is about 4 years old. I had an extended warranty on it, which ended about a month ago. I didn't bother to renew the cover because the laptop is old, but obviously now it's out of warranty it's decided to fail!
In November 2008 there was an "unmountable boot volume" blue screen and it was sent to Dell for (I believe) a new hard drive. I now have the same error back. Hard Drive DST short test gives Error code: 0146. Msg error code 2000-0146. Msg: Unit0: DST Log containing previous errors. Hard drive read test gives Error code 0F00:0244. Msg: Block 65068456: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.
I don't have a clue where to start, but it would be really good if I somehow get the laptop to limp on through until March (son's birthday) and ideally not lose all of the data again.
Thanks in advance for any help.