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Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Question: Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

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Preferred Solution: Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

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Answer: Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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I have two older Dell C840 laptops that I plan to give away. They both are in good working order. While cleaning them up I had this problem. The optical drives (CD only) stopped recognizing when anything was placed in the drive. Control panel shows the drives as "This device is working properly". Yet when anything is placed in the drive it never starts and when I check I get the "Please insert a disk into drive D" message.
I deleted several old games (Hoyle card games, Mah Jong, Hoyle board games), I also changed the log on name to the name of the person(s) the machine(s) were going to be given to. Everything else continues to be ok with both machines. They boot up (Windows XP Pro SP3), they did the latest Windows updates, AVG updates, everything is normal. Autoplay is "on" for both machines. Is there anything else that I need to check or is this just a bizarre coincidence that both drives have the same problem at the same time? Oh yeah, I tried switching the drives from one laptop to another but they still do not read media inserted.
I'm stymied on this!
 

Answer:Solved: Dell Latitude C840 optical drive

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I installed a second hard drive in place of the DVD drive and now when my computer is plugged in it won't charge (it says plugged in, not charging).  I can't imagine that the power adapter isn't able to handle a second hard drive because I've seen plenty of people that said they put two hard drives in their w530.  Is there some kind of driver or setting that I need to reset to make this work again?  I'm on windows 8.1 by the way so a lot of the solutions I've found by googling do not apply to my system.

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Question: Dell Latitude c810

dell latitude c810 turns on and then it will shut off in 2 seconds,there is nothing showing on the display when this happens,also it will work fine with a external monitor.
can anyone help me with these problem.
thanks.
 

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good evening,

I just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410 laptop. now some questions about how to keep the system in good shape..

1. is windows defender a good enough anti-virus/ security program or should I choose something else?

2. optimizing of ssd drive... how often?

3. is disk clean up safe for ssd drives? I know not to defragment ssd drives but what about disk clean up?


so far seems like the ssd drive made a big performance improvement

Answer:Just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410...

To answer your questions.
1. Yes Although I prefer a third party program.
2. Let Windows do it for you
3. Yes

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good evening,

I just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410 laptop. now some questions about how to keep the system in good shape..

1. is windows defender a good enough anti-virus/ security program or should I choose something else?

2. optimizing of ssd drive... how often?

3. is disk clean up safe for ssd drives? I know not to defragment ssd drives but what about disk clean up?


so far seems like the ssd drive made a big performance improvement

Answer:Just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410...

To answer your questions.
1. Yes Although I prefer a third party program.
2. Let Windows do it for you
3. Yes

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good evening,

I just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410 laptop. now some questions about how to keep the system in good shape..

1. is windows defender a good enough anti-virus/ security program or should I choose something else?

2. optimizing of ssd drive... how often?

3. is disk clean up safe for ssd drives? I know not to defragment ssd drives but what about disk clean up?


so far seems like the ssd drive made a big performance improvement

Answer:Just installed a ssd drive in my dell latitude e6410...

To answer your questions.
1. Yes Although I prefer a third party program.
2. Let Windows do it for you
3. Yes

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I have just recently reformated the hard drive on a Dell Latitude C810.  I had installed all of the proper drivers from the Dell site for this model.  (There is no service tag so I cannot get any help from Dell.  I have no idea why, its a third hand computer.)  All worked fine except for no sound and the touchpad won't work.  I checked settings in BIOS for touchpad and all is good.  There are no errors in the device manager.  I even bought a Latitude C810 driver restore cd and still nothing.  These devices worked fine before I reformatted the drive.  I have all the updates from windows.  I am at a loss.  Anybody have any ideas? 

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 No Sound or touchpad

Quote from: Dwayne Austin on February 09, 2010, 05:17:10 PM..There is no service tag so I cannot get any help from Dell...Service Tags are not removable.  It's located on the nameplate on the bottom of the laptop.

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Hi, I just got a Dell Latitude C810 laptop from my friend and it doesnt have an OS right now. When i put the windows xp disc in the drive and go turn it on the light comes on and u can hear the computer working, but after 5-10 secs it will turn off with no picture on the screen. My buddy said it worked fine after he removed xp, just loaded to the grey screen and said it needed an OS. I was just wondering if anyone knew why this was happening. The battery is dead and doesnt seem to want to charge, the light is green and then flashes amber. Any feedback is appreciated.
Thanks,
Wes
 

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 wont stay on

that is your mobo mine did that and even when it worked after awhile it just totally crashed
 

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Hello All,

I have an ASUS N550JK laptop that came with a single hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. I purchased a hard drive caddy so that I could install a second hard drive (an HGST Travelstar 7200 rpm). I also replaced the stock hard drive with a Samsung 830 solid state drive. Here is a picture of how I configured my laptop:

After I installed the 2nd HDD and replaced the original with the SSD I did a fresh installation of Windows 8.1 Pro. I just checked the disk configuration using the Windows Disk Management tool and noticed that the SSD (the one with the OS) is set as Disk 1 and the 2nd HDD (I use for data) is Disk 0. Here is a screenshot:

Does this mean that my primary (OS) disk is installed on the SATA port 1 and the other HDD is on port 0?

Does it matter that the OS disk is on a port that is "higher" than the data drive? If so, how can I change it (besides opening up the laptop and switching the physical drive locations)?

I remember back in the day when disk drives were configured as master/slave but I guess they don't do that anymore but the idea of a drive having priority over another I guess is just stuck in my head.

Thank you,

Jan

Answer:Should The Primary (OS) Hard Drive Be Installed On SATA 0?

You are OK as is and the OS was installed correctly. Just make sure that the SSD is the first drive in BIOS boot priority.

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We have a couple of 7480s intermittently fail to boot and report an error "Hard Drive - Not installed". Select the option to go into setup and simply exit and the system boots. Not a great solution but seems to work, occassionally requiring a couple of retries. Any others having the same experience or have a more effective solution?
All system drivers and bios are the latest available from Dell.

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It was a mistake, but I see no downside right now as I don't need the space and it looks like it would run cooler. I have only 2 screws securing it as access to the other 2 seems problematic as it would be in the proper bay below HD 1.
Initially not recognized but after seeing it as available in pre-boot, and re-booting it appeared in Disk Management, ready for the formatting process. 2T.
Thank you.

Answer:XPs 8700 installed 2nd hard drive in optical bay - any problem with that?

I would not ship the system with the drive there with only two screws, but it wouldn't bother me at all.
On the 8700s we use with gaming cards, the HDD cage has been removed so there is only room for one drive in the HD2 slot, and the SSD is parked in the optical bay. Again I wouldn't ship it like this but it is fine for me.

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Hello Guys.i have a question to ask.does installing a hard disk using the same cable as the optical drive affect or will affect my system in any way?i have to do this bcoz my motherboard has only one IDE connector thanks in advance
 

Answer:Solved: Hard disk installed using the same ribbon as optical drive

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I am a teacher and we want to do a science experiment with magnets. We have a dell latitude laptop and other devices (cell phones, calculators) that we want to try to wipe out the memory. Where do we put the magnet to get the best results? There is nothing on this computer that we want. So I am not afraid of loosing any memory. Please help us on this matter. Thanks.

PS Will we need to just reinstall the harddrive stuff afterwards or will the harddrive need to be replaced once we try to wipe it out?
 

Answer:Where is hard drive on Dell Latitude Desktop

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Config: Latitude e5450, 2015 release with 5th generation i5-5300U, 8GB Mem, 500 GB 7.2 HDD, 1080P
I would like to add a second hard drive (SSD) to my laptop - I only see a 2.5" hard drive slot that's pre-occupied with 500GB 7.2K HDD. Many will tell me to upgrade my current disk to a SSD and but that's not what I want - I need to add another disk that is SSD into the system vs upgrade the existing.
Per manual, I do not see this guy has mSATA slot (it can have mSATA SSD with conversion kit on the same 2.5" SATA slot) and since this guy doesn't have a DVD ROM, I won't be able to convert that as another option either. I do see it has WWAN slot that's empty and can easily fit 2242mm size SSD but I'm reading at forums that the WWAN slot is NOT SATA based, but rather PCIe based and it must be M.2 standard. Can this be confirmed? Also, can the wifi card be confirmed as being sata based or pcie based?
If the WWAN port is SATA based, I see a lot of options for SSDs from MyDigital, Transcend and other guys but if this is PCIe based, the only thing I find is 2280mm from Samsung, SM951. That size will not work as I need 2242 at max. Any other options?
Also, I see 4 options of SATA based devices in BIOS named "SATA-0", "SATA-1", "SATA-2" & "SATA-3". I have them all enabled. What are each of these for? One for certain is 2.5" HDD, no idea what rest is for.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dell Latitude e5450 second hard drive

This system supports only 2.5" SSDs - and just one of those.  There is no mSATA or m.2/NGFF support.

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My D600 is getting very hot over the hard drive. I purchased another one and it too is getting hot. So hot that it's uncomfortable to type much.

I spoke with a couple local computer store owners and got two answers. One told me that the HD was going bad. That's why I bought another one. The other told me that was Normal with Dell's, especially the Latitude series.

Now what? I've had this computer since 2006 and I don't remember it getting this hot until just the last several months.

Any advise? Is it a bad hard drive or just the Latitude itself?

What would you do if it were yours?
 

Answer:Dell Latitude D600: Hard Drive getting HOT!

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Hello,

I need to replace the hard drive in my Dell Latitude D600 laptop and I'm wondering whether I have to use the particular hard drive produced specifically by Dell for Dell Latitude laptops or whether there are any alternatives?

Any advice would be much appreciated

Cheers,
Celia
 

Answer:Hard drive for Dell Latitude D600

You do not need to purchase from Dell
Read the label on the HardDrive, and do a search for those specs. You can also search D600 Hard Drive on its own

Here is some Dell info:

Dell Parts and Upgrades
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/DellPartsFamily.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=04&s=bsd
HardDrive replacement proceedure:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd600/sm/hdd.htm#1123687
 

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I've got the new Latitude E5570 laptop and I would like to have both HDD and SSD installed in the same time. Is an any way I can do this? Perhaps I need to use some adapters or cables for this. Please advise
Kind Regards,
Alex

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Please help me locate and remove my hard drive. It needs to be fixed by Dell and they asked me to remove the hard drive first.
 

Answer:Dell latitude 800 laptop hard drive

tech support did not walk you through the removal of the drive? It is standard practice for techs to walk customers through how to remove the drive when determining to replace it. reseating the drive is one of the standard TS steps.
Anyway, is this a D800 or a C800? On the D800, locate the headphone jacks, you'll note that there is a cutout area around it and a screw just under the bottom edge of the system, remove that screw and pull the drive out. On the C800, the drive is located center of the right side, you'll notice a rectangle cutout with a single screw through it(if you have an IR port, it is located on the faceplate for the hdd) remove that screw, slide the plate up, grasp it firmly and pull the drive out.
 

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100 GB hard drive worked well. One day - it stopped.
"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
No bootable devices..."

No disks in BIOS are shown now

Same story couple months before that was with another 80GB harddisk.
Several files on drive C (FAT) though were corrupted (CHKDSK corrected that)


"Fun" is:
1) Harddisk works fine if placed into desktop PC, no problems with any diagnostics
2) laptop works fine with small size old 4 GB harddrive

Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). Old not supported firmware ?

Dell Customer Support after several diagnoistics by phone only suggested to buy ane more disk and check. But I afraid that most probably it will not work

Somethig similar was here (but guy does not respond)
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_21865448.html
 

Answer:Dell Laptop: Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Calculus said:



Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). NEW not supported firmware ?
QUOTE]

...or "time bomb" - all that happened 4 years after laptop production when all warranties ended! )))
Also, I can not upgrade BIOS because it is latest buildClick to expand...


 

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can someone tell me how to do this? It seems I will have to completely open the laptop? Is the drive hard to get at?

Answer:replace hard drive on dell latitude x300

My wife has a Dell company Laptop, (sorry, I can't tell you what it is, as she's at work), the hard drive just pops out under the laptop it's self. There should be like a button you have to press/slide.Sorry can't be more help. If you haven't sorted it by the time she gets home about 7pm, I will have a look at her's and just double check.

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Hello.
I need to replace my old HDD in Latitude E6230.
I found in local store one model of 500 Gb HDD, but I need to be sure if it is compatible with my E6230.
Does Seagate Momentus 5400.6 (ST9500325AS, PN: 9HH134-500) compatible with Dell Latitude E6230?
Thanks beforehand.

Answer:Dell Latitude E6230 HDD (hard drive) replacement

Yes, it'll work just fine in that system.

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I recently replaced the 20GB, 4200 rpm Hitachi hard drive in my six year-old Dell Latitude D600 with a 160GB, 5400 rpm Western Digital Scorpio Blue drive. I noticed immediately that it was running much hotter than the old drive – to a point at which I couldn’t comfortably rest my palm on the system. I downloaded several utilities to read the SMART chip data, and they all returned temperatures (each utility returning the same value) of 120-125 degrees. I bought a cooling stand, which only brought it down to around 115. I contacted Western Digital tech support; they informed me this was not normal operating temperature, and sent me a recertified drive as a replacement. I installed it, and had the same result. I contacted them again, and the fellow with whom I was working then tried to backpedal – I hadn’t given him all of the info, I had to expect it to run hotter than a 4200 rpm drive, etc. I ended up returning the recertified drive to them and keeping the first one.

I then reinstalled my original 20GB drive, installed a couple of the utilities, and began getting temperature readings of 130-135 degrees! I knew by touch that it couldn’t be that hot; also, when the WD drives are installed, the variable speed cooling fan runs constantly at high speed, whereas when the 20GB Hitachi is installed, it rarely does. I have to conclude that the SMART chips are inherently inaccurate or that the Hitachi drive is simply better insulated (which I find hard to believe).

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Answer:Dell Latitude D600 Hard Drive Running Hot

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Dell Latitude
C610

I want to replace the original hard drive with a larger capacity drive, the original is (don't laugh):

Hitachi DK23DA-20, 20GB, ATA5, EIDE, 4200rpm

DELL's site gives me little to go on for replacement parts but an alternative site suggests:

160GB ATA100 5400 rpm drive

I have found a Toshiba 320GB ATA/300 5400rpm at Fry's. Is there anything I need to know about the ATA type to ensure compatibility? Will this ATA300 drive work with my system which previously had an ATA5 drive?

Thanks
 

Answer:Replacing Laptop Hard Drive - Dell Latitude

Toshiba makes a very good drive. We rate it among the top three, along with Seagate, Western Digital, and Fusjitsu. In our repair shop over the past 20 years, Toshiba has been our most reliable drive. A 5400 rpm drive will last longer than a 7200 rpm drive, and that speed will be noticeable...
Also look at www.directron.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.TigerDirect.com, and PCMall.com among others... prices vary almost daily.

Be sure you are getting the right type of drive... some are SATA, SATAII, EIDE, and ATA6...

It is difficult to return hard drives, so be sure you are getting what you need.

The 320 GB is a good choice, and will be almost as inexpensive as the 160... and most certainly less costly per gigabyte.
 

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I am looking for the hard drive screws (not the caddy screws) that hold the caddy+hdd assembly securely with the chasis. I ordered from Ebay a couple of times and they send me everything but the 3 hard drive screws that I need. Where can I find them? What is the part name/number? Your help is much appreciated.
Thanks.

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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My laptop configuration has the following system information:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.14393 Build 14393
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Latitude E6420
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2640M CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2801 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A24, 5/12/2017
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB

Display Name Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Display Adapter Type Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, Intel Corporation compatible
Display Adapter Type NVS 4200M, NVIDIA compatible
Display Adapter Description NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Display Adapter RAM 512.00 MB (536,870,912 bytes)
Last year, in 2016, my hard drive failed for this computer.  The drive in the unit was an OEM drive, a Seagate Momentus (HDD), 500GB, 7200RPM, Model: ST9500423AS, DOM: 02/2012.  I believe this drive came with the laptop as I do not recall buying the drive.  I bought this computer from my client's employer in late 2012 as the company I was consulting to switch computer vendors.  In the fall of 2012, I was offered the chance to purchase this Dell laptop, and I seized that opportunity.
Seagate Momentus Internal Notebook Hard Drive, 7200RPM 500GB SATA 3Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 9.5 MM 2.5 Inch, Model ST9500423AS
In 2016, my wife the drive failed when my wife was borrowing the laptop from me.  She purchased a replacement drive, a Toshiba (HDD), 1TB, 5400RPM, Model: MQ01ABD100.... Read more

Answer:Information on Updating Hard Drive for DELL Latitude E6420

Seagate Momentus 7200RPM 500GB SATA 3Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 9.5MM 2.5 Inch Internal Notebook Hard Drive, Model ST9500423AS

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the hard drive crashed I had it replaced and got it back with no internet drivers. When I try to download drivers with my Asus laptop the only drivers it finds are the ones for the Asus. I need the Ethernet Controller driver and then I think I'll be able to get the wifi driver.

Answer:I have a Dell latitude d610 with new hard drive and no internet drivers

See if what you need is on the Dell, Drivers & Downloads for the Latitude D610 page.

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I just picked up a Dell Latitude E6410 laptop with Win 7 Pro. An online friend recommended that I run a hard drive diagnostics test with an ISO file before doing anything. He recommended SeaTools, but the link doesn't work, and I'm not sure which other SeaTools product I would need. He also recommended that I check the hard drive manufacturer's website, but I'm not finding that either. It's a Hitachi ATA drive. There are several items listed here on MajorGeeks -- could someone point me toward the correct HDD diagnostics ISO? Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Diagnostics For Dell Latitude E6140 Laptop?

Never mind -- I found the Seatools file for it, and it's scanning now.
 

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Hello-
My Dell Latitude C610 laptop is reporting "primary hard disk 0 not found".
I would like help to see if there is something we can do to get it back.
 

Answer:Solved: dell Latitude C610 laptop - no hard drive

moving this to the virus section of the forum. It started to boot in windows, and then died.
 

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Has anyone experienced frequent hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 series laptops?
 

Answer:Hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 laptops

Had mine for 3 years trouble free. Just change to a Thinkpad.

There seems to be more failure in the laptop 2.5" hard disks than the 3.5" units in the desktops.
 

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Each time I plug in my USB 3.0 external hard drive into my Dell Latitude E6530's SuperSpeed ("SS") USB 3.0 ports, I get the message:  "This USB Mass Storage Device can transfer information faster if you connect it to a Super-Speed USB 3.0 port.".
At first I thought it was a driver issue but I downloaded and installed the latest USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver drivers I could find and I am still getting USB 2.0 transfer rates.  How do I fix this issue?

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TSG SYSINFO:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1400MHz, x86 Family 6 Model 9 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1279 Mb
Graphics Card: MOBILITY RADEON 9000, 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 28615 MB, Free - 17570 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, 0X2034
Antivirus: None

(Note: I will install Avast! Antivirus, once I can get this computer's wireless working...)

I replaced my hard drive last night. There is no more wireless in my network connections folder.
I went to Dell.com, I installed new drivers, then after re-boot, It said that my ethernet/modem were also now gone??? Confused, I did a system restore, back to June 2005.

My Dell Service Tag is: 2BWWT31

After system reboot, I went back to dell, and entered the service tag, and I installed all recommended driver updates, which included BIOS A16.

I still have no wireless ability. In device manager, under other devices, there is a yellow exclamation point for "Network Controller".

I've looked for hardware changes, and i've tried to update driver from device manager, and no success. It wants a cd installed. This laptop was bought used from my boyfriends old co-worker, and given to me as a gift. I don't have any operating cd's at all. I have been trying to update this computer myself and am getting frustrated. Money is tight, and then I found TechGuy... Read more

Answer:Solved: New Hard Drive, Network Controller Lost, Can't Find Driver, Dell Latitude D60

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Hello everyone, I am planning to buy a used Thinkpad, either an R40e or an R50e. The R40e comes with a DVD-ROM drive and the R50e with a CD-ROM drive. I am leaning towards the R50e, since it is better in every aspect except that it cannot play DVDs. I thought I could replace the CD-ROM drive later with a combo drive or something, but then I looked around a bit on the web and got a bit confused.I read that "Some options are not supported with the ThinkPad R50e systems because the Ultrabay drive is fixed." I also read the same thing about the R40e, though not on the Lenovo website. At the same time, I saw Lenovo had some videos on how to remove and install the optical drives in the R40e and the R50e.So is it replaceable or not? Did I misunderstand something? The Ultrabay drive is not the same as the CD/DVD drive? If someone could explain this to me, I would be grateful. Cheers,Laszlo













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Answer:R40e and R50e optical drive fixed?

Welcome to the forum!
 
Letter "e" by the model number stands for "economy", meaning that you'll get a stripped-down version of the base model.
 
With many R40e and R50e units that means no wireless card or docking support etc.
 
The media drives are not hot-swappable, but they are replacable, you'll just have to partly disassemble the laptop in order to swap the drive.
 
All of that said, these are very old models and you might want to put a bit more money aside and get a newer machine.
 
Good luck.

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Fresh install of Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron M5030 from my KLite USB drive where I have only added the correct, workable AMD-4200 video driver to the normal Windows 10 ISO. Windows 10 is functioning properly EXCEPT my TSST DVD+/-RW TS-L633C shows in Device Manager as DISK DRIVE 01 (which of course is not initialized) instead of showing as TS-L633C in DVD/CD-ROM drives.

I have tried the following:

1: Online updating drivers.

2: Hardware and devices troubleshooter. My problem is not recognized.

3: Uninstall CD/DVD drive driver. Restarted the computer, checked the functionality and the same problem exists.

Per device Manager, I have the standard SATA ACHI controller installed but no ATA channels 1, 2, 3, or 4 and no Standard ACHI 1.0 Serial ATA driver. Since Dell has not "approved" the M5030 for Windows 10, there are no drivers on the Dell M5030 Support website for Windows 10.

Can someone please give me some help please so that I can solve my problem?

Thank you very much.

Answer:CD\DVD CD-ROM Optical drive installed as disk drive 01 NOT initialized

A moot point now. Tried to update BIOS -- MB died and the unit now has the very common 7-Beep error code when trying to boot.

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I have the 5580 that has the SSDR, 256, S3, 80S3, HYNIX, SC308 installed. Can a 2.5 inch drive be installed in this laptop or can another SSD be installed to increase storage capacity

Bud

Answer:Dell 5580 add hard drive when SSD installed ?

It's either M.2 or 2.5" - not both. There two drives occupy the same physical space - with a hard drive installed, there's no way to secure an M.2 drive.

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Hello everyone, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha













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Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater





----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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I would like to buy a new, moderately-priced computer but I do not like Windows 10 and prefer Windows 7.  Can I buy a moderately-priced, Windows 7 computer through Dell?  Also, also i would like to have a 1TB hard-drive installed with 8MB of RAM.  Any and all replies/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Want to Buy Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Installed along with a 1TB hard-drive and 8MB of RAM:

The only systems left with 7 as an option have sixth generation CPUs (Skylake - now about two year old technology) -- and only business models (Latitude/Precision).  
All the 7th and 8th generation systems require Windows 10 -- meaning a "no" to Inspiron, XPS and Vostro models.
If it's the interface  you don't like, you can easily replace the 10 shell with Classic Shell (free).  Also realize that Windows 7 will go end of life (no further security updates) in just over two years (January 2020), so that will happen within the lifespan of the system you buy -- carefully consider whether you want to saddle 2017 hardware with a 2009-vintage operating system.

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hi recently i just bought dell inspiron15r 5520,,my problem is my dell laptop wont boot,, when i run a system diagnostic everything is passed,,but on my hard drive it say it is not installed,,,it is not detected my hard drive,,it used to working well before..but this problem start when i sleep my laptop then when i open it back on the login there are message say ie is not responding,,and everything become freeze then i just press the power button to restart it when i try to restart it it wont boot my hard drive is not detected..please help me,,

Answer:my dell 15r 5520 cannot boot,,hard-drive not installed

Hello Nezz282,
There are few steps I would suggest, which would help us in isolating the cause of failure. Please check in BIOS setup if the hard drive is detected. To enter BIOS setup, restart the computer and keep tapping F2 key at the Dell logo screen. The system would enter the BIOS setup. Check if the hard drive is detected. If not, I would suggest re-seating the hard drive. Please see the Owner's Manual in order to re-seat the hard drive. Once re-seated, restart the computer and check if the hard drive is detected in BIOS.  If yes, check if the system boots to windows. Please try the steps and write back with results. 

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Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!
 

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Dell Inspiron 3552
BIOS updated to 4.0.11

I replaced HDD with SSD (Plextor PX-128M6Pro, newest firmware 1.05)

PROBLEM:
Sometimes laptop boots without any problems, sometimes SSD is not detected and BIOS shows error: Hard Drive not installed

I checked SSD with other computer and works fine. I checked SATA connector and it is ok. I put back factory HDD and it works fine (but i want SSD).

Dell Diagnostics tells nothing:
- when SSD is detected: "All test passed"
- when SSD is not detected: "Hard drive not installed. Do you want to continue?"

Question:
Is there any solution to this problem or will this laptop work properly with other ssd (Crucial for example)?

Probably a similar problem is described here:

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Hi, My new laptop recently started show problems. When i wanted to shutdown i accidently pressed restart. so while its was restarting i forced shutdown by pressing power button. From then every time i boot dell assist opens up and shows hard drive not installed. but sometimes it boots normally and while doing my work it suddeny freezes.Can anyone tell how to fix this?

Answer:Dell xps 13 Screen freezing and hard drive not installed issue

reboot
F12
run Diagnostics on hard drive
I suspect your hard drive is going bad, so back up your data.

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190


Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.



well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
 
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
 
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
 
Note:
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
 
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone
 
 
Regards

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Hello and good evening to you all. I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.
many thanks

Answer:How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

use this but read carefully
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
eaesus partition manager
sanap

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive

Hi

not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.
 

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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I was given a pc (asus K8N-E) the problem is that although it powers up, mobo light works cpu fan spins and system fan spins front panel lights work, the hard drive and optical drive wont power up unless i disconnect the IDE cables, when disconnected the hard drive spins and the light on and drawer on the optical drive work. its as if the IDE is somehow disabled, i have tried different cables but to no avail any help appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.
 

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Hi all,

Hardware: Compaq Armada 7400, 300Mhz PII, 64Mb RAM , 20 Gb USB ARCdisk (External).

Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin).

After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc). The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Back to square one.

I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

Any idea's much appreciated, maybe i'm flogging... Read more

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/data-...I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.
 

Answer:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.
 

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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I expect I'm missing something foolish.
running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit
After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].
I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.
When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.
What am I missing? Thanks for your help

Answer:recimg does not recognise my hard drive as a fixed drive.

My guess would be that the problem occured because you reduced the size of C.

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I recently purchased a Latitude 14 rugged laptop without a hard drive so that I could add a larger capacity drive than what was offered when I configured the system.  I received the laptop without the required hard drive tray needed to install a drive upon contacting Dell they sent me the tray without the adapter that connects to the SATA connector on the drive.  After numerous conversation with support they are unable to identify this (probably $20) part so basically I have no way to install a hard drive in this system.

Answer:Latitude 14 rugged (5404) (Latitude P46G) hard drive adapter

It is a bit late, but the part you need is Dell part number N96D2.  They call it a "CBL, FPC, STRG, OUTER, 5404".
Casey

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I have two identical hard drives connected as master and slave on primary ide channel, and two optical drives on secondary ide. The problem is that the slave hard drive will only run in pio mode, and not udma mode 5 (as the primary does). The upshot of this is that any file transfer to or from my slave drive results in 100% cpu usage, and it's very annoying. As I have an uptodate motherboard do you think that putting a hdd on each ide channel with optical as slave would speed things up?

Answer:Hard drive- optical drive configuration problem

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I have a T400 without optical drive. Want to change hard drive.  What's the easiest way to copy OS and files to the new hd? Thanks.

Answer:How to change hard drive on system without optical drive

Hello, I would suggest to use Acronis True Image. Make a clone of your hdd onto an usb-drive.  Then attach your new hdd into your system (the other way round won´t work!)and play back the image from your external hdd. Please read here for further suggestions.Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-11-2008 07:31 PM

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I'm on the verge of buying a T430, and I was wondering whether having an SSD as my primary hard drive (on which I would have the operating system only) and then using a 500GB hard drive in place of the optical drive. My reasoning is I want a fast boot time, and also the storage on the SSDs aren't that big, and I do need a lot of space. Are there any performance issues (eg slower) when using the added hard drive?  I was thinking of installing all my programs on there.  I read on a YouTube comment that having the second hard drive creates 'bottlenecking' and slows things down.   













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Answer:T430 and hard drive instead of optical drive

Be sure the SSD height profile is compatible with the 430. I believe they're using a thinner drive not the 9.5mm is standard. Verify before you order a drive if thats the system you're wanting.Momentus drives are 9.5mm from the data sheet of their website.As for slowing down I say not. You can put the swap file etc on the 2nd drive and that would reduce write access to the SSD for temp data. You will need the storage and or target for a backup image so IMO its a must.





T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bitZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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Hi Guys  So I decided to replace my internal Optical Drive with the orginal Hard Drive that came with the laptop, I used a caddy which I bought from eBay and all went well and works well. I have noticed one issue though, with the original Optical Drive there is a little screw which goes through the end of the optical drive and into the main section of the laptop under the keyboard (I hope people know what I mean). Anyway with the replacement caddy it does not have this hole for the screw so I am unable to secure the caddy in place.  What this all means is that I can literally pull the caddy out of laptop while using it as it's not secured, has anyone else performed this replacement and had this issue and know what can be done to secure it (other than blue tack or something). Thanks in advance

Answer:Replaced Optical Drive with Hard Drive

Bump

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 Hey all! Just posting to see if anyone has experience with upgrading their Lenovo laptops/notebooks with 2nd hard drives through the use of hard drive caddys? I have been looking through this website which includes many 'how-to's and video guides on the process. There are also plenty on youtube. However I am reluctant to go out on a limb.http://www.newmodeus.com They have entire production lines dedicated to certain brands of laptops and notebooks and this includes Lenovo. However, I couldn't find one for my specific model, G570, but I am able to find them for the G430/G530G560. Link: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=290 Are the dimensions of these laptops the same as the G570? Other Links I thought might fit the G570 if its possiblehttp://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=45

Answer:Swapping out Optical Drive for 2nd Hard Drive, Anyone done it?

it should fit.

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My computer has 2 hard drives, a CD Writer & a DVD Rom. I have used the same cable to connect the 2 hard drives to the IDE port 0, one hard drive is set as master & other slave, I have done the same with the CD Writer & DVD Rom to IDE 1. Is this an ideal way to connect the devices.

Answer:Hard Drive & Optical Drive Connections

Perfect.

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So I'm currently trying to install a game, for some reason at the exact same point every time i am getting an error that says: Cyclic Redundancy Check Error. Ive been all over the internet looking for solutions to this problem but none of them are working for my situation. Most people say it is either a problem with the disk or the hard drive itself, but i have gone back to the store where i bought the game and got a new disk so the disk cannot be the problem as it stops at the same place regardless. Also my hard drive cannot be the problem because i have tried installing it to both my computers hard-drive as well as an external drive which leaves me no option but to believe it is a problem with the optical drive. Since i have a laptop i cant dismantle anything to clean / make sure the drive is connected properly. I dont know if there is a solution to this problem short of having to send my computer to a proffessional / back to the manufacturer but if anything i have done is wrong then i would love a suggestion of what i could possibly do to fix this problem. I am also not against revisiting my hard drive being at issue if anyone still thinks it is the problem.

Please Assist,
Cheers,
Jias
 

Answer:Optical Drive / Possible Hard-drive problem

I find it difficult to follow the instructions on that site, i'm kinda new when it comes to using cmd, if you could possibly break it down into a "exactly what i should type" kinda thing that would really be appretiated
 

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I just attempted to do a factory reset of my Dell XPS 13 9550 running Windows 10. The factory reset failed. Now the laptop is in a loop - Shows the Dell logo, then a screen saying there is an error "hard drive not installed" then a black screen, then the Dell logo again.

Answer:Dell XPS 13 9350 - Factory Reset (Delete Everything For Recycle) Failed & Now No Hard Drive Installed Error

Hello? Can anybody help me with this?

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Hi

I was hoping someone could please help me with a formatting issue. I have recently installed Windows 7 on a new ssd and want to format the old hdd primary drive that has vista on it and the system will not let me. Just wondering if the hdd is still being used somehow during boot up and this is why 7 will not format it?

Answer:installed 7 on new ssd and want to format old primary drive with vista

Do you Physically disconnect the old HD drive, before installing to the SSD?
If no, the boot files are on the the old HD.

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I have an E5 573G which originally has an open slot for an optical drive or caddy.I bought the correct optical drive and bezel and I installed it. The drive opens and I can hear it start to run but no prompts pop up, and the computer doesn't seem to be registering anything. Am I missing some software or did I do something wrong?

Answer:Installed an optical drive in E5 573G and it opens...

"Step 1: Type Device Manager in Windows searchStep 2: once there locate your driver. Mine was called "DVD/CD-ROM drives." Double-click it to show it's contents and there should be another device under it. Mine had an question mark but in some cases it might have an exclamation point next to the name. Mine was called "AOPEN DUW1608/ARR" but if your's is different, it's okay. Step 3: Double-click the newly revealed hardward "AOPEN DUW1608/ARR" and it's own dialog box will appear. Go to the "Driver" tab and select "Update Driver..." from the buttons below. Step 4: Now, select "Install from a list or specific location" and click Next. In the next box select "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install" and again, click next. A different box will show with compatible hardware for your driver. I selected from the bottom believing it was the most recent, it was called "CD-ROM Drive [IMAPI settings 1,5]." Click next and finish the instructions it gives you."http://ccm.net/forum/affich-7925-cd-rom-dvd-drive-won-t-work

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I just received my T400 tonite and I open the box all exited only to found out there is no dvd drive. I bought it through the $700 T400 with free case and mouse . Is it possible that I didnt add the optical drive. I thought it is standard on the T400. Has anyone experienced the same situation. Aris 

Answer:T400 arrived without optical Dvd drive installed

Ironically, I wanted to buy a T400s without the optical drive (but with the travel bazel) in order to reduce the total travel weight. However, my salesman told me he couldn't because the travel bazel is only available through IBM US.

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Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 3 on Dell Latitude C810 with 512 Megs of RAM.

The only resolution on this old Latitude C810 that will use the full screen area is 1600 by 1200, which makes items on the screen too tiny. If I go to lower resolutions, the picture shrinks into the center of the display and leaves a wide black border. By the time I get down to 640 by 480, the black border around the picture is bigger than the picture.

I would like to use 1024 x 768; but, I can't get it to use the entire screen area.

I've installed the only video driver available from Dell's site; but, there is no change in this behavior.
 

Answer:Display problem on this old Latitude C810

Right click the desktop and click properties.
Click the appearance tab then click the effects button.
Select use large icons then click OK and OK again.

Set font (text) size.
Right-click an open area of the Windows Desktop and then click "Properties" to open the "Display Properties" window.
Click the "Appearance" tab.
In the drop down list labelled "Font Size", select the desired size.
Click "OK" to save the change and exit the "Display Properties" window.
 

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Hello Forums! I'm getting a new T500 and would like to run with the hard drive in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Is this possible?What I'm planning to do is run the laptop with two different OS's and switch between them using the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Thank for your responses.

Answer:Can I use a Hard Drive Bay Adapter II as the primary hard drive?

It works like a charm. You'll need to hit F12 at startup to select the boot source.

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This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.

I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. All I saw in the drive was the file folder with file fragments.

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

at this point a good file recovery app. is needed






HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. are a few




One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a application that may fix it up for a while
 

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I have XP installed on my D drive (C drive when booting xp), Which was what I use to use.
I have vista installed as well.

What I want to do is format the XP drive to use as a data drive and boot up using the vista drive.

If i take the xp drive out, I get 'error loading os'

I tried something called vistabootpro and set it up correctly, Went into bios, Set the boot drive, Booted up and got Error loading OS.

What can I do to set my vista drive up to boot up, So I can use the XP drive as a data drive?
 

Answer:Vista as main boot drive with XP installed as primary OS

Uhmmm... so you want to get rid of XP completely or... ? Because it sounds to me like you:

a) want to keep XP and just use the space left on the partition for data storage for Vista when it's running, or...

b) you want to have Vista on the machine alone with the second partition used for data...

So which is it?

b) is easy; put in the Vista DVD, wipe the partitions, create a new partition for Vista and a second partition for data, install Vista, format the second partition after Vista is installed, simple.

If it's a) it's a bit more complicated...
 

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I have a Dell 14-3452 given to me for my 10 year old grandson to use with Win10. It has the embedded eMMC installed with 32gb for C: drive. I was able to update Win10 to 1511. Not enough storage to upgrade to Win10 1607.
 
 I downloaded Win10 from Microsoft using the MCT to a USB stick with the intention of doing a clean install to the eMMC and then using a 64gb SD card for the Apps.
 
I screwed up and deleted the C: drive partitions, I should have extended them instead.  Win10 install said unable to install on drive.
 
Found a tip on Dell forum to use Shift +F10 at the WIN10 install screen to get to diskpart. Then, list disk>select disk 1>clean> create primary partition>active> format fs=fat32 quick>convert gpt
 
Since then Dell 41-3452 says no drive installed.  I’ve reloaded the default using F9 at the setup screen. I can’t remove this embedded C: drive to re-initialize. With the Win10 USB stick installed I select USB at F12 boot up, the PC goes straight to Dell ePSA pre boot assessment diagnostics.
 
I think I may have killed this PC.  Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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the optical DVD CD ROM disc drive is not on the computer and will not read anythingi have got onto the support pages and can not locate a download can anyone help me locate it?

Answer:Ideacentre B520 DVD Optical Disc Drive Not Installed

How do I get the downloadfor the DVD RW drive I am really stuck it will not place DVDs or any discs

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

Answer:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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I want to buy a W530 and upgrade to SSD aftermarket. I want to order the one without a DVD drive. How to move the original system, drivers and other softwares to the newly installed SSD without a optical drive?  Hope anyone would help me. Thanks.













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Answer:How to move the original system to the newly installed SSD without a optical drive?

Hey Skywalkerlin,
 
You can back up image on external drive that connects to USB which will allow you to do a system restore to your new SSD. This would require you set up a few things in BIOS, the other options are all USB solutions like a Flash drive.
 
Best Regards,
 
Hiro





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Hi all,
I have recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 15-3521 (500GB HDD, 4GB RAM) running on Windows 8.1 and thus far I am not totally impressed... The first day upon receiving this laptop, I noticed lag for nearly everything... It came with McAfee, which I detest. So, of course, I uninstalled and installed Avast, instead.
Something is eating up my CPU/Memory/Disk. Only new things that I have installed were Avast, Chrome, Ventrilo, TP-Link (wifi adapter/boost), Steam and Ghost Recon Online/Phantoms.
Then, I realized that there is no bluetooth capabilities (not that big of a deal..) and no optical drive (CD drive?) There is, however, I assume, a slot for such a drive.
Had I not been hasty in my decision to buy this laptop (starting college in the fall, living on a budget), and realized that this computer would not meet all of my expectations, I may have waited to get something a little better...I would return, but I ordered from Amazon and threw out all the boxes and packing stuff that this laptop came with...

Anyway...
My first question is, is there any way that I could possibly get this laptop to stop lagging?
Secondly, is there any way that I could install an optical drive? If possible, which drive should I use? Would this cause any problems for the computer? And lastly, what problems may I incur?

Thanks so much in advanced...

Answer:No Optical Drive / Lag (Dell Inspiron)

EDIT!
So sorry, I misread the model.
This laptop is a Dell Inspiron 15-3531.
Here is a picture of the side where the optical drive "slot" is.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

Answer:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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I just purchased a dell latitude ls off of ebay and when I looked at it it's too small to have an internal drive. I didn't know this and bought a dvd rom drive also off of ebay. My question is I have an external floppy with the cable and what im wondering is if I can use the same cable for the dvd rom drive or do I need to get a different cable. If I do need to buy another cable what do I look for? Thanks
 

Answer:Dell Latitude LS dvd rom drive problem

I may be wrong in this, but I believe you'll need a different cable. Floppy's generally have a different pin configuration than IDE drives like rom's and HD's.

I'm not sure what cable you'll need, but iff someone here can't tell you then ask at your local computer repair shop. They should be able to tell you what you need. I'd then try finding it online.
 

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Dell Latitude d505 CD/DVD driveThis has just refused to work.Error message says "W succesfully loaded device driver but cannot find hardware device" Code 41Like all computer messages, that is illogical as message details description of device.Help please Fruit Bat - you're very friendly ! Hi jack !Do you own the forum ?

Answer:Dell Latitude d505 CD/DVD drive

Try the solution here. click here

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I have an older Dell Latitude CPx laptop, running Windows XP, with a 500mhz PIII CPU and 128mb RAM. My problem is that from time to time the DVD-ROM randomly stops working. I can put in any type of CD or DVD and it will read just fine the first time. But the next time I put a disk in it will not read. At this point, I have to uninstall it from Device Manager, and then reinstall it. After doing so, it will work once more, and then I have to uninstall/reinstall again. I'd like to not have to do this every other time I want to put a CD or DVD in. Is there something I can do to put a stop to this?

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

Answer:Dell Latitude CPx DVD-Rom Drive Problem

Anyone have any ideas?
 

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I am trying to replace the original 2Gb IBM drive with a 40Gb Toshiba. Everytime I put the 40 in the bios won't recognise it. So I've called Dell to see how large a drive Bios A13 will see. They won't help unless I use paid support due to the products age... I am able to boot up fine with 2Gb drive in it and can change boot order in Bios, set it to CD. I can boot from CD and have used several different boot disks all with no problem. Now I want to flash Bios to A16 - to see if it will recognise the larger drive. Only downside is I HAVE to have the original HDD in it when I do it. I have cloned it onto the 40 but I'm worried about something going wrong with the flash since I can only flash from HD, or CD. I definately do not want to risk disrupting the ONLY disk I know will run in this machine ! My last attempt was to pull the HD caddy out and on boot up I get a "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found No bootable device(s) selected strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" This error occurs no matter what order I use in setup and no matter which boot cd I use. I can only boot from cd with the 2Gb drive in it.

Any other methods I may have missed or Keystrokes ??
 

Answer:Dell Latitude CP won't boot without old 2gb drive

Confirming your computer exactly from here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic100658.html
Continue with the bios update, which will not affect your system or data files.

Be aware that no one gauratees bios updating, not even Dell
It is therefore highly requested that you use the backup old Bios (using the same Bios utility) first.

If it's any consolation I'd do it.
 

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hi,my dell stuhdio 15 doesn't read any custom discs(i.e which i burned using my system) after i installed windows7 but it reads the disc drivers and OS DVD whic are given by dell! i checked the custom dvds in my system and also in my bro's hp laptop it reads them perfectly...here is the problem posted in technet(which found by googling) but no solution offered!!
Drive Model-TS-T633A
plz help me solve this peculiar problem
 

Answer:Dell Optical Drive Not Reading Discs

What kind of disks (Music, data, etc.)?
Describe what you're doing and any error messages.
 

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