On a Dell, after a system crash, I rebooted in safe mode and the starting windows screen hangs and nothing happens, it just keeps saying starting. I restarted in all modes. I rebooted from the windows xp cd-rom and the recovery console does not allow me to type more than one number or letter and when I click enter it freezes. I rebooted again to install windows xp and the message on the bottom of the screen says searching for previous windows. Then it freezes for several hours, nothing happens. I restarted several times.
What needs to be done next? Is another hard drive necessary?