Got a little update here.
I plugged the HDD into my own external sata ports and installed windows 7. The installation went without a hitch and I was quite hopeful
but I am still stuck at the same boot loop
It gets me to the screen with he blue "Dell" bar at the top (where I would normally enter recovery mode) and gives me an error and then attempts to enter "Dell PC Restore By Symantec"
Which cannot function because of the corrupted MBR.
Some thing I had read previously alleged that if this happened, it was likely the MOBO was somehow afflicted
Any ideas on what path I should take next?
**Edit: Oh I have my own external CD/DVD drive, the issue is finding a compatible cord, It requires Mini USB and all I have lying around are Micros
should I attempt to find a compatible cord, plug it in there and install?
as an aside: when I chose to install windows I had chosen to overwrite HDD3 (OS) and not the accompanying HDD3(DellRestore) partition; could that be part of the issue?***