Give this a try: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
Disregard the Vista reference as it works with any Windows drive. The Ubuntu Live CD will most probably need to be made on another computer, then boot the Dell to the CD and transfer all the data that is wanted to either DVD, CD, flash drive or an external drive.
I have owned a Dell XPS DXP051 model desktop since 2006. About a year ago it shut off all of my programs, and all of my saved photos, music, etc. vanished. It would no longer let me go online either. Just today I discovered that by logging on as "Administrator," it would let me go online in Safe Mode.
Now I want to know if there's a way I can retrieve all of my lost data AND restore this computer so it will once again run normally in Regular Mode. Can any of you help me with this?
Thank you in advance.