I have a new Dell 1545 laptop (bought in Dec of 09) that came preloaded with Windows 7. I havent had any major problems with it but the other day when i tried to start it it flashed the Dell screen (with blue bar at bottom) like normal, then goes to a black screen with a flashing cursor at top left. Thats it, doesnt go anywhere. I can get to boot options and to system info (? - F2 & F12) but F8 does nothing. Theres no opt for me to get to safe mode. I can run system diagnostics which I did for every test I can and everything passes. I can use the boot from CD/DVD opt with my drivers repairs disk but when I put the windows 7 repair disk in it doesnt do anything, except my CD/DVD drive gets really loud! Ive called dell and after doing everything Ive already done they said its not a hard drive issue but that I'll have to reload the software and loose everything on my computer! (I havent backed up a ton of photos from a recent trip yet!) Is there anything I can do to save my info, and how do I get the operating system back up?? My dad says I should be able to boot from disk and transfer the files to something else, then reload...is this possible? HELP!