I have an old tower, a Dell Inspiron with a Vista sticker, that I'm hoping to turn into a backup storage computer, however when I crank it up, it warns me that the hard drive selfchecker has detected a possible problem with the hard drive. Going forward takes me to the Dell splash page and the Windows XP (?) splash page before it tells me Windows didn't shut down properly, would I like to start in safe mode, safe mode with network, safe mode with command prompt, last known working settings, or normally? All do the same thing; load for a while then loop back to the hard drive warning. Doing a Dell self-check with f12 fails because it cant find the partition. There is nothing in the CD drives.
In an attempt to reach a working desktop, I have booted Ubuntu from a USB stick and it works fine. I followed these steps http://askubuntu.com/questions/31724...ems-in-windows but according to disk utility there is nothing under local storage. There are just no options except peripheral devices, i.e. the ones on the thumb drive. I'm not sure what I should do next to determine what's preventing the computer's hard drive from being accessible.
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