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Dell :: "Hard Disk Drive Not Found?!" XP On An XPS M1530


I've got XP SP2 running just fine on my XPS M1530, but when I leave it powered up overnight now, in the morning I see this on the screen:


"Internal Hard Disk Drive not found. To resolve, reset the drive. No bootable devices found."

If I reboot from that screen it goes to the same message. If I power down and restart, it boots up just fine.


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