OK guys, so basically I had this guy's problem:
I put my laptop into sleep mode, closed the lid and went to bed. When I woke up it was still, to my surprise- running. I quickly ran over and opened it to check if it was still on. I was met with a black screen. After about a minute I shut it down and restarted it, only to find that it couldn't find C:/ and so could not restore the system. I have left it to cool down, but so far it's still not reading the main hard-drive Is there anyone who knows what I should do?
(Original link: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19456381/20138728.aspx )
I have the same model laptop and everything. Turns out that it WASN'T a hardware problem though, and he fixed it:
after some setup tinkering i managed to figure out that the setup was on the wrong settings. Then after another 3 hours i managed to restore and return the partition ( it was stuck on X:) using diskpart. First time i accidentaly booted the memory, forgetting the boot files. After a panicked 30 minutes i managed to boot it from a repair disk and return it to the boot partition. The computer then repaired some files and I managed to log on.
Luckily this time it was merely a system crash ( i think, because it booted as X:\ which appears to be a repair boot file?)
And not a problem with the hard-drive itself.
I First realised it wasn't the hard-drive because upon checking the Setup i found it was listed, and it was still wirring.
I was ready to open up my laptop thinking it was a hardware problem and boy am I glad I didn't. So, he solved his problem but unfortunately I don't know exactly what he did, I tried restoring it via a backup disk that I made when I first got it but it tells me that my HDD isn't big enough - this must obviously be linked to it trying to access the wrong partition (X as opposed to C?). So I need someone more tech-savvy than me to hopefully tell me what it is that I might need to do, and maybe learn something in the process too.
Any help gratefully received.