Dell Latitude 2100 Issue No boot sector

By Vizon
Aug 24, 2013
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  1. Hello Everyone,

    I just purchased a netbook/notebook (mini-laptop) from eBay. It's a Dell Latitude 2100. When I tried to start it, it said "No boot sector on internal drive. I went into setup and changed the boot order to be the SSD first, but still had no luck.

    I think a new install of the operating system (native is Windows 7 Professional 32 bit), should work... but I'm not sure. I have an external CD-RW ROM that I can plug in via USB. Because its a netbook, it doesn't have a CD/DVD slot. So I don't quite know what to do about it.

    Other then that the laptop is perfect so I really don't want to try and return it.

    Advice? :)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You may be able to attach an external USB CD drive and install Windows that way
    Dell_BabitaG likes this.
  3. Dell_BabitaG

    Dell_BabitaG Official Dell Support Posts: 58

    Hi Vizon,

    As correctly recommended by TMagic650, you can connect an external Optical drive to the computer and then install the Operating System. Select the external USB-CD ROM as the device to boot from. Since you are getting an error when attempting to boot, we recommend you run the diagnostics to confirm the issue is not with hard drive failure. Click on the links below to troubleshoot the issue:

    How to manually reinstall Windows 7 on a Dell computer:

    How to troubleshoot a Hard Drive Not Detected error :

    Once you have installed the Operating system, you may have to install the drivers. Click on the link below to install drivers for your computer.

    How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website:

    Please reply if you have further queries.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita G

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

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