How to restore O/S

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My laptop will not boot up. Black screen with message "No boot sector on hard drive." I pressed the F5 key and ran diagnostics - everything passed. Tried F11 key to restore, no menu screen, then held ctrl and danced on F11, still no menu. Don't have restore disks. Can anyone tell me how to restore without them? System running Vista.
 
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Usually on laptops, there is a recovery partition. And a hotkey pressed during bootup will activate the restore menu. What is the brand and model # of the laptop? Go to the manufacturer's site and use the model to locate the user manual, which should tell you what key to press during bootup.
 

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Usually on laptops, there is a recovery partition. And a hotkey pressed during bootup will activate the restore menu. What is the brand and model # of the laptop? Go to the manufacturer's site and use the model to locate the user manual, which should tell you what key to press during bootup.
Oops! Forgot to mention it's a Dell, model PP29L.
 
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Have any changes been made to the partitions or any partitions formatted or resized since you got the machine?

Is there a reason you did not make the restore disks when you got the machine?
 

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No changes. I bought the laptop for my granddaughter, had it delivered to her directly, and she didn't know to make them.
 
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