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DST Short Status Error
Ron writes in with a troubleshooting question:
Question: On a Dell Inspiron, I have an error in DST Short Status. Do you know what this is?
Answer: DST Short Status is short for Drive Self-service Test. I believe its a Dell process that tests your hard drive for errors. It may be that your hard drive is going bad and its time to back up your files just in case.
You can try using the Windows XP Recovery Console to do a check of the disk. If you have it already installed it will be an option to pick it when you start your computer before it goes into Windows. If not you can boot with the Windows XP CD and do the following:
When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.
Select the Windows installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console. You most likely will only have one.
Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do so. If you dont have one leave it blank and press enter.
At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r, and then press enter and let it run.
When it’s finished type exit, and then press enter to restart your computer.
If this procedure does not work, repeat it and use the fixboot command instead of the chkdsk /r command.