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Non detected Disk Drive/Hard Drive Need help with dell Dimension 4100

Question: Non detected Disk Drive/Hard Drive Need help with dell Dimension 4100

Hello thank you for your time, I am experiencing issues with a dell dimension 4100. I have received a virus and was told upon startup to insert some kind of startup disk im not sure it was a while ago so me in all my stupidity tried to connect the hard drive to a different motherboard in the spot the dvd drive plugs in to in that cisnet computer. Well after a few tries i somehow got it to recognize the hard drive upon startup and it tried to format it i think, although as soon as i saw that screen i powered down and now the hard drive is no longer recognized by either computer, even in the bios it says the total memory is 512 mb with it connected to hard drive spot of the original dell. I would really like to get my dell working again but it gives me the error Invalid Boot diskette Insert Boot diskette in A: I do not care for restoring the files on the hard drive they are worthless to me i just want to get my computer working again any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

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Preferred Solution: Non detected Disk Drive/Hard Drive Need help with dell Dimension 4100

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Answer: Non detected Disk Drive/Hard Drive Need help with dell Dimension 4100

Place OEM Windows CD into the CD or DVD drive and boot off of this disk. If your system doesnt want to boot off the CD or DVD drive go into bios and set the CD or DVD drive as 1rst boot device in boot order. Once you successfully boot off of your optical drive you then can delete the partition on the hard drive, create new partition and reformat, then install clean installation to that hard drive. If you dont have recovery or oem cd available, you will have to buy one.

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I read most of the posts on this subject and found no answers.
I get this error with both the system hard drive and replacing it with a known working hard drive from another Dell system.
I tried loading default values, trying HDD0-3, SATA-1, tried both Legacy and UEFI, tried disabling RAID, also replaced HD cable.
The Bios will recognize the drives, but both Dell diagnostics and a Windows install cd give the error: no hard drive detected, or disk controller not supported.

Anything else I should try?
Thank you for your feedback :)


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I used to have a cd rom and a cd burner master/slaved to my motherboard. a while ago that ide slot died, so i master/slaved my hard drive and my burner to the working ide slot.

a few days ago the computer crashed. i dont remember the exacy error but it no longer recognized the hard drive. when i tried to restart it brought me to the strike f1 to reboot/strike f2 for options screen. i assumed this meant that the hard drive was toast, but upon further inspection when trying to change the boot sequence in the BIOS it recognized the floppy drive but the the hard drive nor the cd drive were recognized. this lead me to believe that the second ide slot had now gone bad as well.

my brother has another dell dimension so i opened his up, removed his hard drive and replaced it with the questionable hard drive. i booted it and got Boot Failure : System Halted.

is this enough evidence of a hard drive failure? ive come to terms with it being time for a new computer but im still hoping everything on the hard drive can be recovered.

any opinions/suggestions?

Answer:Dell Dimension Hard Drive and CD Drive not recognized

Did you check that the Master/Slave jumpers were set correctly?
Moving a HD to another PC normally does NOT work, unless both PCs are identical in hardware. Put your 'old' HD as a slave in your brother's PC, boot up and see if you can access your old drive. Save whatever you can and burn onto CD/DVD.
Then go buy another PC, anything but Dell or eMachines!
Or better, if you have the know-how, build your own from components.

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Hey all,

I am working on a Dell Dimension E521. My aunt said that she messed with some settings and it's never booted up the same....When I boot the system it says "Boot from CD: Boot from CD: NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE OR PRESS F2 TO SETUP MENU".

Soooo, when I press F2 it takes me to the BIOS, which has the following information:

System Info:
System: Dimension E521
BIOS Version 1.1.4 (12/09/06)

Boot Sequence:
1. Bootable Hard Drive (Not Present)
2. Onboard CD-ROM Drive
3. Onboard Floppy Drive
(all the rest say not present for USB, etc)

HDD Boot Sequence:
1. Bootable Add-in cards


Diskette Drive: Internal

Drive 0: SATA-0 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-0
Drive details: Drive ID =
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 1: SATA-1 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-1
Drive details: Drive ID =HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDRH10N
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 2: SATA-2 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-2
Drive details: Drive ID =TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-H653A
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 3 SATA-3 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-3
Drive details: Drive ID =
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

SATA Operation: RAID OFF (I also tried RAID ON but nothing happens past the Award/Phoenix screen...)

SMART Reporting: On

Onboard Devices:
Integrated NI... Read more

Answer:Dell Dimension E521 No Boot Device Detected Vista OS Failed Drive or MB???

Installed a new SATA hard drive yesteray & booted up the Vista disc. System detected new drive and install went smoothly. This thread can be closed.

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A friend's dell dimension 4400 has gone bad as verified by Dell's tech support. Unfortunately, his coverage ran out six months earlier.
I am trying to locate a new, but inexpensive replacement hard drive for him. Although I know he could get it from Dell, I'm sure the cost is rather high. neither of us or terribly techy although with instruction, I'm sure I can replace the drive. Any recommendations of where and how to find a replacement? Thank you well in advance.

Answer:Where to buy new hard drive for Dell Dimension 4400

What country do you live in and what type of connector is it? (SATA or IDE)

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I was presented with the task of retrieving some data off of someones old home computer. After a grueling 3 days of pulling my hair out, I felt like I had all of the photos off and any docs that they might want to keep. while doing this it was obvious that the hard drive was completely full and having a lot of trouble. Pausing about every three seconds and crashing quiet often. Upon restarting the computer after the weekend, i received a series of short beeps and finally an error message that the system wasn't working( can't remember the exact error.) I consulted a friend that knows more about computers than I do, and he told me that the hard drive was bad........ I was planning on re-formatting any way so i decided to get a new hard drive and just replace the old one. Now that I have installed the new hard drive when i power the computer up i receive 3 long beeps and nothing else. I am assuming that I have done something wrong, I checked the jumper settings and put it on cable select just like the old hard drive, but now the computer isn't even kicking the monitor on. I have the original dell disks to replace the operating system but i cant even get to that point. any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Bad hard drive on a Dell Dimension 4400

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I was just given a junked emachines T1840 and a Dell Dimension 4600. The Dell appears to be ok except for a missing hard drive. The emachines PC apparently has a bad mobo, but it DOES have a hard drive. Is it possible to use the HD from the emachines in the Dimension until I can get a new one?

Thanks for your help!

Answer:Using eMachines hard drive in Dell Dimension

Yes... but variable from eMachine to eMachine. Many eMachines hard drives will work in a Dell without argument. In others, you need to use a Dell WXP Professional disk and boot to the disk, then run it in R for Repair Mode.

There are ways to tweak the drive, but too much to post here.

If it won't work, you will end up with a black screen... but the data is still there and the right boot disk will fix it.

The Dell 4600 used SP2, so you will be OK there, and many of the 4xxx series Dell Windows XP disks will work when you cold boot to the Dell disk, then go through the choices until you get to R for Repair (not R for Repair Console). If there, the R for Repair, will follow on the screens as you click through your choices AFTER R for Repair Console.

You WILL usually need to have to enter the 25 digit Dell product ID (usually from the sticker on the Dell case) available at the end of the repair install.

I don't think there is any option except to try it. The hard drive from the eMachines will not work anywhere else either... but if you have data on it, you can stick it into an external USB enclosure that you can buy for $15 to $30, the retrieve the data from a cleanly installed hard drive.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4400 and I needed to know if there was a step by step guide somewhere showing exactly how to remove the old hard drive and install the new one?

I am useing an old system and I don't have any systems like adobe or anything like that to read instructions and because this system that I am using now is so old, I cannot download it either.

I thought I saw a website somewhere that gave step by step instructions including pictures but I don't remember what it was.

I have already installed new RAM but I have NO CLUE on where to begin when installing the hard drive and I don't want to mess anything up. The only thing that I remember is that I will need a phillips screwdriver

Any help would be appreciated!



Answer:Installing hard drive in Dell Dimension 4400

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I tried putting in samsung pc800 ram in my dell dimension 8100 but after I put it in , power didn't turn on so i have to send it back to dell to get computer fixed. Anyone know what the problem is? Dell said that the motherboard has gone, I don't know why?!

Before I send it off, I found a couple of dell dimension 8100 base units on ebay. One of them has a harddrive on 20gb, the other has a 60gb hard drive. My harddrive in my dimension 8100 is 80gb. Dell told me that the data should still be on my 80gb drive. I have some important data that I need to restore. Is it possible if I buy one of the dell dimension 8100 base units, to transfer my 80gb hard drive to the dimension 8100 base unit from ebay without any problems? Would it work?

Answer:will this hard drive work on my dell dimension 8100?

should work like a charm but u heard from the techtv screen savers that dell uses differant motherborads and what not. but if you manage to get the same exact motherboard it will be no problem.i would ask the seller before you bought it what type it is. the only other thing is windows may detect the change but may not

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hi all,
I am having a weird problem. The BIOS randomly will not recognize the hard drive. I put it in a different computer and it works, so there is nothing wrong with the drive. I also put another hard drive into the dell, and it sees that one no problem. All of the jumpers are correct for the other drives in the dell. I am stumped. as a random note, never in my life have i seen a dell that works with no problems. =P

Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Dell dimension 3000 will not recognize hard drive

On the Dimension 3000, the drives have to be set to Cable Select (CS) Though obviously if it works at random, that is probably not the problem. On a Dell that age it could be a dodgey cable, or if this is the original drive that came with the computer it could be a drive that is on its way to the big Cyber Dump in the sky. I have a 3000 that I recently had to replace the Factory original drive in because it had problems booting to windows, then the drive eventually just died.

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I want to install a larger hard drive into my Dell Dimension 8100. Does anyone know what is a compatible hard drive or how to find out what is a compatible har drive?

Answer:DELL Dimension 8100 hard drive upgrade

Welcome to Techspot!
My Dell 8000 took a toshiba 40 Gig upgrade, with no hitches.
You can go to and use their upgrade system to find out what HDD's go in your's.

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Hey guys, first and foremost my name is jon and im an IT at a small business. a coworker gave me a pc to look at, seems like the hard drive went bad. besides the fact it was making noises (switch nosies) when i attempted to reformat the hard drive it took about 5 hours to get to 80% before receiving a partmgr.exe error. the original hard drive is a western digital WD800BB-75CAA0 80GB IDE 3.5". I ordered a western digital hard drive: WD800BB-22JHC0 80GB IDE 3.5".Does anyone know if there is a difference between the two? im currently formatting the WD800BB-22JHC0 i ordered. so far so good (31%)...thank you,Jon

Answer:DELL Dimension 2400 Hard drive swap

All you need to worry about is if it fits and if it's ide or sata. Looks like you're fine.

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i have a dell dimension 8100 p4 40gb d/d 256 memory, iam thinking of upgrading hard drive to 120gb, ihave ide intel [r] 82801ba ultra ata controller primary ide channel[does this make any sense?] can i fit udma133 120gb7200rpm. hard drive?can i use my 40gb as slave even though this runs at5200rpm, also i have four memmory slots 2 128mb and 2 free slots do i have to fit the same make of memory in the 2 empty slots to make 512mb or can iuse memory from another manufacturer?i hope i have explained this clearly enough can anyone adise me? thanks.

Answer:upgrade hard drive and memory dell dimension

I don't know about Dell machines, but as a gereral rule for PCs the questions you ask can be answered as follows:can i fit udma133 120gb7200rpm. hard drive? - yescan i use my 40gb as slave even though this runs at5200rpm? - yesdo i have to fit the same make of memory in the 2 empty slots? - noFor memory, have a look at and tell it the type of machine you have. It will recommend the correct memory for you.

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Currently, I have Dell Dimension 2400 with 80 GB of Hard drive and would like to a bigger hard drive. What is the biggiest IDE drive that I can upgrade to as Primary drive?


Answer:Dell Dimension 2400 Hard drive upgrade

here is the biggest i can find
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB

here is the best price to storage ratio
Maxtor MaXLine II 320GB

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I have a 6 year old Dell Dimension 4550 currently with an 80GB PATA drive which is about to give up. Would like to replace it with a larger drive. Dell told me last year I couldn't use a drive more than 120GB, but I don't know if that is really the case or whether they just wanted to sell me a new computer (which he suggested!). There aren't many 120GB drives around, mostly 80GB or 160GB. Would appreciate advice as would like to try and keep this computer going for another year while I save up for a new one!

Answer:Dell Dimension 4550 - can I use 160GB hard drive?

It ought to but even if the motherboard doesn't see the larger drive that can easily be fixed with "drive overlay" software.

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I have a trashed h/drive and have ordered a new sata 250 g drive. after I install it, what do I need to do? Format?? load XP? will the m/board recognize it?

Thanks for any help

Answer:Hard drive replacement Dell Dimension 5100

The system should recognize the drive once you connect it. Then you will need to reinstall Windows, the drivers, and any software you need on it. The Windows XP installation will take care of the partitioning and formatting for you.

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I have a dell dimension 5000 running windows xp home and i have been having this error (sata hard drive)

Here is a video link to what i did

As well if i put a installation disk in it continues and then a error comes up I have asked the it techs at school but they say "reinstall windows and it a partition on the hard drive"

could someone please help

Answer:dell dimension 5000 hard drive problem

I couldn't really see the "Stop Error" since the screen was shaking. What was the last two digits of the error message (at 1:02)?

For example... 0X000000000007B


I'm having problems understanding what the techs at school told you. Did they tell you to reinstall Windows?

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I am looking to upgrade my hard drive on my Dell Dimension 3100c Desktop but have no idea which one i need to get?

Answer:Upgrading Hard drive Dell Dimension 3100c

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I've got a Dell Dimension C521
The hard drive seems to have gone
I turn it one, it hums away, but nothing can be seen on the monitor
(I've checked the monitor and that is OK)

I've got another Dell Dimension C521 - exact same model in everyway

What I wanted to do was open the faulty one and swap hard discs - just to confirm where the fault was

Problem: I simply can't get to the hard drive!
It's a very slim model and everything is tightly packed in

If I can take out the PSU, then I can take out the hard drive
But the PSU won't budge
It seems to be hooked onto something below, that is not within sight

I searched the net and came across the exact same PC
See the following link for the image of the inside:

This page was from:
(The pictures for the machine are half way down)

Can someone help and suggest anything??
I'm not a complete hardware expert - but at the same time am very home with opening and taking things out and replacing anything


Answer:Solved: HELP! Can't get to the hard drive of Dell Dimension C521!!

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I have a friend that wanted to format and install xp pro on their Dell Dimension 2400 and asked me to help, it was working fine, but was getting very slow and had all kinds of games and kids programs that she didn't want on there anymore.

I didn't know that this Dell 2400 had an System Recovery Partition, and all i had to do was push F12 and do it through there without using a cd and everything would have been fine. But I jumped the gun and un-partitioned the existing 3 partitions, created 1 partition and formatted it on another computer as a slave so I could access it because it was being uncooperative on the dell.

Well now i thought everything should be fine I'll just put it back in the dell and set bios to CD-Rom and load xp up, but it's not letting me.

It just gives me the message 'strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility'
Also if i try to use the f12 menu (that I should have used #5 in the first place before formatting it)
1. Normal
2. Hard-Disk Drive C:
3. System Setup
4. IDE Drive Diagnostics
5. Boot to Utility Partition
it gives me the same error message 'strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility'

I have set BIOS to boot from CD first & Floppy first and it doesn't want to do either it just give me the same error message.

To sum up, since formating it, it seems like the motherboard or something has a built in Dell program wanting only to use the recovery partition so it doesn't let a f... Read more

Answer:[hard drive] Dell Dimension 2400 -I format it &screwed it up

I don't know if it will work but these are directions for manually reinstalling XP

You may have to contact Dell and purchase a restore/recovery CD since you wiped the partition.

Here's the directions to boot from a CD if it didn't appear in the F12 menu

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Replaced old wd 160gig serial ATA HD with WD5000AAKS sata HD on Dell Dimension 4600. When trying to install XP, get error: file\i386\halaacpi.dll could not be loaded. The error code is 7. Any ideas on what is wrong?

Answer:dell dimension 4600-new hard drive-get halaacpi-error 7

im going to take a guess that u might have to go to the bios and change the drive from ATA to SATA or IDE compatable and see if that works so u can install xp.hope this helps u.

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

Answer:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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I'm trying to add a second hard drive to my dell dimension 8200 on a Windows XP system. The original hard drive was set as Cable Select. I moved the jumper to Master and set the second hard drive to slave. I attached the ribbon cable such that the end is plugged into the original drive, and the middle connector is plugged into the second drive.

Now, in the Bios, both drives appear, with the original showing as "primary drive 0" and the second drive as "primary drive 1." However, when I boot up, the second drive does not appear in Windows. Shouldn't the second drive appear as a secondary drive?

What do I need to do? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Help adding second hard drive to Dell Dimension 8200

sounds like you have done all the correct things - BUT is the drive you added formated , or possibly faulty

have a look in disk management
start>control panel > administrative tools> computer management > disk management
is there a
Drive 0
and a
Drive 1
whats the status of the drive 1 ?

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In my daughters computer - The original Hard Drive, which I made the Primary Master had the Jumper at Cable Select - First pins. I removed it to Dual Master Two Centre Pins - 5 & 6. The Primary Slave to 3 & 4, the Second Pair from right. Both are Western Digital. The New Hard Drive is 250GB. The original is 80GB. The Bios shows Primary Master - HARD DRIVE - But the Primary Slave shows - OFF.
What do I have to do to to get the Bios to show the Primary Slave as it shows the Primary Master.
Please HELP!

Answer:How to get Dell Dimension 4600 BIOS to recognise Second Hard Drive

Set the original drive at master then the new d250GB drive at slave, here is some info here: Jumper settings Unless this is a Dell thing you cannot have dual master hard-drives, one, with the operating system will be the master, all others are slaves.

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I've been trying to get my daughters Dell Dimension 4400 up to speed, updating windows, drivers, bios, etc, so that I can install service pack 2 on her computer. I've gotten it up to service pack 1 at this point.

Problem is, even after defragmenting, her hard drive is still heavily fragmented, and downloading the updates is extremely slow. I'm wondering if I should even continue the updates.

She has a 20gig hard drive with 29% free space. After defragmenting several times, total volume fragmentation is still 25%. File fragmentation is 48%. Master File Table (MFT) fragmentation has 250 fragments. MFT size is 91MB.

Any suggestions as to how I can defragment further? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Dell Dimension 4400 hard drive heavily fragmented

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Let me start out by saying I know next to nothing about computers, but hopefully this is the right place for this.

I got a hard drive a while back, but when I wanted to put it in my computer I was told by someone I knew you needed some kind of plastic thing that slides the hard drive in, and that usually Dells have an extra one on the inside, but mine didn't. Does anyone know what these things are, or where I can get them? Everyone I've asked so far has had no idea what I was talking about.

Answer:Trouble putting a hard drive into my Dell Dimension E310

So how was the original hard drive held in place? It is customary to use the old rails on the new drive. What happened to the old hard drive?

You can go to a computer repair shop and ask then for the Dell rails. I even have a few here. Go back and take another look inside your computers case. The rails are in groups, located sometimes in the empty hard drive bays or attached to the inside of the case in various places. They are made of colored plastic usually green or blue

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The motherboard on my old Emachines computer died, and two of the CDs that have backup data I need are scratched. I want to put the hard drive into my Dell Dimension 3000 (Windows XP SP2) long enough to get some data from it, but I can't get it to recognize the old drive.

The drive is a Seagate U Series 5, ATA, 40GB, and is about 7 years old. When I turn the Dell on, it doesn't recognize the device. Bios for the secondary drive is set to "auto" (the only other option is "off."

Is there a way to get the Dell to see this drive? Thanks.

Answer:Dell Dimension 3000 won't recognize old Seagate hard drive

Do you have the jumper set correctly for the drive?

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I am trying to do a clean installation of Windows XP Home Edition on a Dell Dimension 4600 computer which currently has a partitioned hard drive. When I install XP Home Edition I want to remove all partitions on the hard drive before doing the clean installation of Windows XP Home Edition. Exactly how do I accomplish (1) removal of all existing data on the hard drive, (2) removal of all partitions on the hard drive before I reinstall the XP Home Edition operating system, (3) reinstall XP Home Edition? Can anyone help?

Answer:How do I remove all hard drive partitions on Dell Dimension 4600 computer

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Okay so I recently installed Windows 7 on my dad's old Dell Dimension 5000. Install went fine was using it for a few hours with no issues whatsoever. I put a game on to download from Steam, went downstairs for a few hours and when I came back the screen was off and the power button was pulsing, like it was in standby mode. So I hit enter and the computer tries to reboot but when it gets past the Dell splash screen I get a black screen with:

"Error auto-sensing secondary hard disk drive0
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

I hit F1 and I got:

"NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Restarting just brings me back to the same error and the same chain of events. I've been into the setup utility, set everything back to defaults and I still get the same error. Under the boot sequence section it reads:

1. Onbaord or USB Floppy Drive
2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive (not present)
3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)
4. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive

So for whatever reason my computer is no longer recognising my hard drive (only one in there, 160gb). From reading around it sounds like I may need to replace the drive completely but I wanted to know if there are any options to try and fix it without resorting to that. I'm not bothered about getting my data off there as I had just backed everything up and it was literally a fresh install of Windows 7. Much obliged.

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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive error on Dell Dimension 5000 (HDD not recognised any more)

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I have a friend who has a Dell Dimension 8400 that is having major problems with his hard drive. He is unable to open any programs (all the exe files are missing).

I attempted last night to boot his computer from the CD ROM with the Windows XP system restore disk to re-install Windows XP on his computer.

During the boot process I hit F12 and it allowed me to choose the boot from CD ROM option. It then goes to a blue screen and at the bottom it shows some drivers and other programs it's loading. Then it comes to a screen that states, hit enter to re-install Windows XP, hit R to fix a problem with Windows XP and hit F3 to exit.

I tried both enter to re-install Windows and R ro fix a problem with Windows. When I do either it stated something to the effect that there was no hard drive installed on the computer? I then exit out, and it starts to boot from the hard drive and loads into Windows XP fine, but once again, he can't start any programs because it cannot find the file to use to load any given program.

Sounds like some sort of virus? The questions I have are, is there anything I can do to salvage his existing hard drive and re-install Windows XP? (he has already backed up everything from the hard drive). and question 2, can he just buy a new hard drive and use the Dell Windows XP restore/re-install CD?

Thanks in advance.

- Ray

Answer:Dell Dimension 8400 system restore / hard drive questions

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I'm new to this, so please be patient.This is my first computer upgrade. I went to my local computer parts store and said I wanted to start building computers. The owner very kindly gave me a free Dell Dimension 3000 without a hard drive, and gave me a WD cavalier 80 GB Hard drive to replace it. I tried putting it in when I got home and it turns out none of the connectors fit from the motherboard into the new Hard drive. Am I doing something wrong? Are there adapters I can buy?


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I've just been given a 'Dell Dimension 4100' can anyone tell me how i remove the casing, to get inside the computer - i can't find any screws to remove the outer casing - shwinglow

Answer:dell dimension 4100

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I have an 11 year old Dell Dimension 4100. It's pulled its weight but understandingly it's too slow and clunky for my liking so i've decided to fit the Mobo into a new sleek Antec case, upgrade the HDD from 20gb to a 7200rpm 500gb wd caviar blue and upgrade the ODD to a basic lg model aswell as going from xp sp3 to the less resource hungry linux mint 9. I realise that the PSU might be a problem as its's only 200watts and that old dell psu's are similar in shape to normal atx but have 20pin mobo connectors. Does anyone know if i can use a regular atx psu (500w) and this adaptor click here without any problems. It would be much appreciated.

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100

Read this and check your board for the connector in question. click hereThis entry at a Dell forum is pertinent too - click hereYour machine uses a non-standard PSU, a standard ATX 24>20 pin converter will not re-arrange the cables into the correct order.

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Hi Guys can any of you out there give me some advice and ideas. My old Dell has seen better days and i would like to upgrade various parts including the mother board but not sure if the case is an ATX it has installed a Intel 815E motherboard . I have been on the Dell web site it gives lots of tech details for my machine but not the case style ATX etc.


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can anyone tell me what the maximum mb the memory slot can take ie: 256 or 512 etc - also i am getting a noise from the power supply on starting but disapears when loaded can anyone advise

Answer:dell dimension 4100

click here .Seems to be 256MB per slot.

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I am trying to get my old Dell up and running. I need a power supply that offers more than the 200w PSU that is currently in the PC. I know Dell uses proprietary parts, but can I find a compatible solution any where other than Dell?

Answer:Old Dell Dimension 4100

do a search for dell psuz

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Hi,I was wondering what fan you would recommend for my Dell P3 1000MHz, 512 RAM... The fan seems noisey when the PC's cool and even though i have cleaned all the dust from the inside.Thanks

Answer:Changing fan for a dell dimension 4100 could do a lot worse than to unscrew it and take it down to Maplin (if you have one near you) and they'll do you one there.That's what I did and my PC sounds sweet now.Which fan is it? (Mine had about 4!)Alternatively you could search net for it.Once I'd found out the voltage, connector-type (2, 3 or 4 pin etc.) and the size (40mmx40mmx10mm for me) searching for one becomes easy but I went Maplin in the end - 4.99 and it was sorted.

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I have a Dell 1-GHZ P3... Right, my problem is that i do not know what make my motherboard is and if i can upgrade it to P4. I don't think i can upgrade it as i can only have upto 512 RAM.If i need to upgrade my motherboard what's the best on the market, the price and will i encounter any problems when trying to install it?

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 Motherboard?

click here this small free download may tell you the motherboard details if so post them here.

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Just wondering if anyone's knows if the ATI All In Wonder 9700 PRO is compatible with Dell's Dimension 4100 (733mhz PIII w/ 396mb RAM).

Mainly, I am needing to know if the card will PHYSICALLY fit in my box and connect properly with all the exsisted cables.

Let me know,


Answer:ATI 9700 PRO and Dell Dimension 4100

If it has an AGP slot, it will fit...

The cpu will be an enourmous bottleneck in that system...

I'm not sure the Dell PSU would supply enough juice....

That's about it...

Crank up resolutions and FSAA

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Struggling to determine compatability. Want to increase HD to about 80G; presently 10G and max'ed out.

System is Dell 4100 Dimension, Intel Pentium III 800. Have traversed Dells's site high and lo and can't find any discussion of what might be compatable. It has the Pentium III, I cranked the RAM up to 512 and upgraded to XP.

1) How do I decipher what might fit into this bad boy?
2) Seagate? WD? Whom do you like?
3) Any other pieces of cabling, hardware I would need beyond the HD to upgrade?
4) Is this a tough install? I have put in CD-R/W's, RAM, etc.
5) Does any site/retailer out there 'guarantee' their fit on HD's the way www.crucial stands behind their RAM?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Upgrade HD - Dell 4100 Dimension

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I replaced the CPU an Booted it up.  It gives me an error code on the back ABC are green an D is yellow.  I changed the AGP and it didnt fix anything.

Answer:Dads Dell Dimension 4100 as "other" failure - contact Dell

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My Secondary Hard Disk is detected somethimes and other time when i use normally my pc it disappear! And i have to reboot my pc to see it again.. other time i can't see even if i reboot the pc.. Two minutes ago i have open EasyBcd to change the boot configuration 'cause i've installed xp in this secondary hard disk and the drive is disappear... Indeed I can't use xp probably for this inconvenient... In the boot option when i boot my computer there's only windows 7...

Any Suggestion?
And sorry for my bad english..


Answer:The Second Hard Disk Drive isn't Detected

If i'm not mistaken XP has to be installed first, then Win 7

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computer has frozen a couple of times. every time i reboot the above error in th title appears. any help would be appreciated.

Answer:no hard disk drive detected!

Open the case and check all leads are in securely, one may have become loose.

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My name is Sam. After working fine for 2 years, one day my pc was not booting(log in prompt was not coming). Then I formatted C Drive and loaded OS and it works fine. But when I restart the system again problem started. This stage repeatedly continued. I wanted to load OS fresh and wanted to scan the whole hard disk with a good antivirus. But I was not able to install OS. Now my system not detecting the Hard Disk at all, it not showing in BIOS also. But working fine with other Hard Disk. When I power on the computer, some touching sound at regular interval is coming from the Hard Disk. Has my Disk gone down ? Please help me.

Answer:Hard Disk drive not Detected in my pc

hard disk give sound such as beep.

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I need a new video card for my Dell Dimension 4100. Yes, I know it's an old machine. I'm a database developer. I have 6 PC's, some new, some old. This is necessary for my business. So my Dell Dimension 4100 needs a new video card because the old one (32MB NVidia TNT2 M64 AGP) has developed banding problems and is about to die. However, I'm not sure what to get to replace it. I think I can upgrade the video memory to 128 MB, and go for a PCI video card, but my power requirement is only 200 watts, so I need to keep that in mind.

I've been looking on eBay, and have narrowed my choices to "new", "128MB", and "up to $40", but there's still a lot to choose from.

Can anyone point me to one of these cards that might be good for my old beast?

1 ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $13.34
2 nVidia GeForce 2 MX400 AGP Video Card 128 MB $21.80
3 nVidia GeForce 2 MX400 AGP Video Card 128 MB $21.80
4 nVidia GeForce 2 MX400 VGA AGP Video card NEW 128MB $21.80
5 ATI Radeon X1300 Low Profile Video Card 128MB BRAND NEW $22.91
6 ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $27.80
7 ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $30.38
8 ATI Radeon 9200 128MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $30.43
9 ATI Radeon 9200 128MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $30.43
10 ATI Radeon 9200 128MB AGP Video Card OEM package $31.62
11 ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB PCI 3D Video Card TV-Out VGA DVI $32.65
12 ATI ... Read more

Answer:Video Card for Dell Dimension 4100

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Needing to replace my cpu cooling fan, which is very noisy,on a Dell desktop pentium 3 - 866 about 3 years old. Has anyone any suggestions for a QUIET compatible replacement as the noise of the regular version, even when new, tended to induce headaches during lengthy sessions. Thanks - Alan

Answer:Quiet CPU Cooling Fan for Dell Dimension 4100

If you have enough room for it, the Coolermaster CP5-8JD1F-0L looks good, and very quiet at only about 8 click here and click here.

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My ram upgrade nightmare . . .

I have a classroom of 24 Dell Dimension 4100s PIII 1Ghz machines that are getting a ram upgrade. They require PC100 or PC133 non-ECC x64 chips and can handle up to 512mb total. They were running on 256MB of ram consisting of one 128MB PC133x64 (high density? chips on one side) and one 128MB PC100x64 (low density? chips on both).

After checking compatibility, I order 48 Kingston Value Ram 256MB PC133x64 non-ECC (high density?) and try to upgrade my first machine. It fails on memory check before bios launches even. I upgrade the bios and it recognizes both chips and continue to upgrade systems.

50% of the machines take the upgrade without problem, but the other half fails with half of those accepting one chip and the other 6 failing to recognize either new chip.

RAM that works in one machine will fail in any machine that fails to recognize the chips so it doesn't seem to be bad chips. The old RAM still works in machines that failed the upgrade so it also doesn't seem to be the motherboard. All of the machines are the same age with the same setup built in the same batch at Dell.

Any thoughts?

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When I go to boot it,  it does a RAM count and tires to detect the HardDrive.  Then  I while its doing that I get a error from the color coded lights on the back saing that the RAM need to be reseated or an error with the video card.  Then everythings okay but I have an error on the screen NDLTR is missing.  But I know that HardDrive good cause I ran it on another system. 

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 Boot Problems

Quote from: squall_01 on May 29, 2007, 06:54:26 AM I know that HardDrive good cause I ran it on another system.  More details on this, please.  Did you just remove the hard drive from another computer and put it in this one without formatting the drive and doing a fresh installation of Windows? 

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I turn it on and get the Dell logo for 20 sec., then goes to a black screen with system info. At bottom, it says Press <Del> to set up.
When I did that it looped back to the Dell logo, and then to the black screen again.
I changed the battery, optimistically.
Now, when I follow command to press Del, I get the Set up menu, with Main, Advanced, Security, Bot, Exit on the top.
I have no idea where to go from here and would appreciate some help.
Thanks, Geek-gods!

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 start up problems

I assume when you press Del, it is taking you to the BIOS from your description.
What happens when you press F10 to exit?

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I have a Dell Dimension 4100 system which I purchased from a friend. When I first booted it up it ran fine. However, I decided to change the hard drive, and ever since I've done that I've had nothing but problems. To start with, I could not get the system to boot at all. It would lock as soon as the Dell splash screen appeared. I now have that problem fixed, as it is now running fine. However, I cannot get the system to boot from the floppy, CD-Rom, or CD-RW drives. This wouldn;t be such a big problem, excpet that the HD I put in has an OS on it, and obviously I cannot boot from a HD that came from another system because it has all of that system's configurations on it. Even though it won't boot from the drives, it does recognize them all in the BIOS, except for the burner. I read that Dell sytems require that all drives be set to cable select, so I did that and it did not solve the problem. I've tried every other troubleshooting step I can think of including trying different IDE cables. I've also tried tweaking the settings in the BIOS a bit, but still nothing. I am not very familiar with Dell's so perhaps there are other changes I need to make in order to make it recognize all the drives. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 will not boot from floppy or cd

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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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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

Answer:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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I go to the bios setup and under 'Fixed HDD' there's nothing? It's a fairly new hard drive which runs Win 7. I actually tried to reload Win 7 from the start and once it came to which drive to install it on....nothing was there? I don't believe the hard drive is toast at least I hope not. Please what can I do?

Answer:Dell Inspiron hard drive not detected....

"Please what can I do?"...
Have the hard drive replaced. They are really not that expensive any longer

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I was laying in bed and heard my computer restart for seemingly no reason. I get up to look at the screen and I get the error "3rd Slave Hard Disk Error" I try to continue but since Ubuntu is installed on the now faulty hard drive, it says error: no such device: - device name - Entering rescue mode - grub rescue>... which I've seen before, it's telling me that it can't find the Ubuntu installation. I have windows as my primary OS on the first hard drive (the one that's still detected) and manually choose windows before the computer starts. I went into BIOS to try and change the boot sequence, which has caused the grub rescue screen before, but the 2nd hard drive is no longer detected. How can I get passed the grub rescue screen? What could of possibly happened to my hard drive in such a seemingly random way? I have a 3rd unused hard drive, am I better off just installing windows on it and starting over? I don't want to lose everything on my 2nd hard drive though.

I tried starting it with the cords plugged into the primary hard drive into the 2nd faulty one, it's spinning but still not detecting it

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Alright, so I have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop that's rather old and has several major problems, including never charging, overheating without a small fan next to it, and the occasional key falling off. Well, I was using it a few nights ago and it was working better than usual. Eventually, I turned it off and went to bed. Nothing unusual happened then, but the next day, when I booted it up, it told me the internal hard drive was missing and suggested I reseat it. I ran a diagnostic and it told me basically the same thing but this time it was accompanied by a happy little tune composed of loud beeps, as if to say: "Ha ha, I have found yet another way to ruin your life by becoming even more of an ungrateful mule than I already am, a feat which you thought was impossible but apparently isn't." As of today, when I try to boot it up, it doesn't even show the Dell logo before turning off. This is naturally a tad miffing, but I hope reseating the hard drive will help. Thing is, I don't know how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Alright, before I explain my problem, I have to give you a background story.

My friend did drugs, so I told his parents about it, and he got pissed off so he hacked my World of Warcraft account. I learned he was the one who hacked it about 3-4 months later.

So I decided to get back at him. I downloaded a virus (I didn't run it, it was in .rar format) called 'Sp0rkeh' and I sent it to him. He ran it and it messed up his computer, and he found out it was me. So, he told me his parents would sue us if i didnt fix his pc, and it would get over complicated

So I decided to attempt to fix it. I took his Hard drive out and connected it as a secondary slave into my PC.

*Note: for those of you don't know whaqt Sp0rkeh is, it acts as a hack for a game and deletes your entire HD, and messed up your PC.

What was supposed to happen:

I was going to put his PC into a secondary slave and start up from my HD, and use a program to undelete all the files that it deleted, then hand him the disc and be happy and skippy.

What actually happened:

I put the disc into my secondary slave slot, and I turned my computer on. Then my computer made a beep and it has an error message that says:

NO Hard Disk Drive detected
Press F1 to resume

I press F1 and it leads me to tell me to select a proper boot device.

I turned my computer off, unplugged his pc and put in my HD as start.

But the same thing is happening, it won't detect it.

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Alright, before I explain my problem, I have to give you a background story.

My friend did drugs, so I told his parents about it, and he got ****ed off so he hacked my World of Warcraft account. I learned he was the one who hacked it about 3-4 months later.

So I decided to get back at him. I downloaded a virus (I didn't run it, it was in .rar format) called 'Sp0rkeh' and I sent it to him. He ran it and it messed up his computer, and he found out it was me. So, he told me his parents would sue us if i didnt fix his pc, and it would get over complicated

So I decided to attempt to fix it. I took his Hard drive out and connected it as a secondary slave into my PC.

*Note: for those of you don't know whaqt Sp0rkeh is, it acts as a hack for a game and deletes your entire HD, and messed up your PC.

What was supposed to happen:

I was going to put his PC into a secondary slave and start up from my HD, and use a program to undelete all the files that it deleted, then hand him the disc and be happy and skippy.

What actually happened:

I put the disc into my secondary slave slot, and I turned my computer on. Then my computer made a beep and it has an error message that says:

NO Hard Disk Drive detected
Press F1 to resume

I press F1 and it leads me to tell me to select a proper boot device.

I turned my computer off, unplugged his pc and put in my HD as start.

But the same thing is happening, it won't detect it.

The strange thing is, when I go int... Read more

Answer:Serious Problem: Hard disk drive not detected

WOW i must say u had a war!
anyway try using a different Ide cable and see if that helps
u might of also slightly yanked the Ide cable from the mobo, try reseating the cable back properly in and make sure its not in backwards

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Hi all.

My laptop was working fine with a new replaced motherboard. Suddenly one day it showed some problem in processing further when I started it. When checked by a local service guy, it was diagnosed that the hard disk had got damaged. He couldn't exactly specify the problem but we got to know that the hard disk was not being detected by the laptop, or any other PC or laptop.
Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.

It is a Samsung make, 160 GB one.

One guy has said that he will try changing the PCB and it may work. I jus want to know if it can be repaired and more than that I have my sister's wedding pics and videos in that with no back up. Is there any means by which I can recover those files, I don't want anything else.
Please help, I am in trauma.

Answer:Hard disk drive not being detected by the laptop

Now when we connect the hard disk with any system/laptop it gives a little sound of the fan or the motor (or whatever) running but then it stops.Click to expand...

It is most likely dead, and you'll want to find a recovery service provider, which by the way, are usually quite expensive.

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Hey everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Here's my problem. I'm trying to boot up my computer, but when I do, I get this error saying
"NO Hard Disk Drive Detected!
Press F1 to resume"
and when I press F1 it gives me another screen telling me to reboot and select a proper boot device, and then the screen goes black after a second.

So, my first thought was that my hard drive must be shot. But when I tried to swap it with a different drive, it gave me the same message. I tried to unplug the hard drive from my computer and put it in the other one, and it was detected, but still failed to boot completely, although I'm fairly certain that it's an unrelated problem. That drive was always a little quirky.
So then I think, maybe it's the cable. Luckily, I had an extra cable that came with my motherboard, but unfortunately it didn't resolve my problem at all when I switched it with my old cable.

Finally, I checked out my bios to see if it had any hints to a solution, and I saw that my hard drives were listed as "[Not Detected]". And on the screen to change boot order, the only 2 options were the floppy drive and my cd/dvd drive.

I'm starting to think that I may have to replace my motherboard. But before spending money I should probably be saving, I thought I'd do some research online, which is when I stumbled upon these forums. Hopefully you can offer a better alternative.

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Answer:No hard disk drive detected, any help appreciated

I would assume that it is the motherboard that is the problem here. If it's not the cable and not the drive itself, then unfortunately it probably is the motherboard. Is this drive IDE or SATA? If it is SATA and you can get your hands on an IDE hard drive, try it and see if it detects the IDE drive. If it is an IDE drive, try a SATA drive and post the result.

Try clearing your CMOS as well by using the jumper option (if available with your mainboard). IF NOT, then try removing the battery for a short while with the power unplugged and hit the power on switch to dissipate any retained current.

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I upgraded my Dell Dimension 4100 from Millenium to XP and now the system is moving at a crawl in the Internet. The system has a 866mhz processor with 512 MB of RAM. I know people who have systems with less processor speed and RAM that are running well with XP and am now considering that maybe my video card doesn't have enough RAM (as I've defragged, cleaned the cache, run a virus scan and nothing seems to have helped. The system is stable but slow and the mouse cursor jumps to catch up to mouse movement making me suspect the system is low on resources.

My video card has 32 MB of Ram and is a 32MB NVIDIA TNT2 M64 AGP Graphics card. I believe it is 2.0 (4x).

I was wondering if anyone could advise if this video card can be upgraded for this system and if this is what could be slowing things to a crawl.

I know that companies like Crucial have software that looks into your system and suggests memory upgrades for your specific system. Does anyone do that for video cards?

Answer:upgrade video card Dell Dimension 4100

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I have a dell dimension 4100, when I went to turn it on it gave me this strange beeping.  It said ab error remove an reseat the memory so i did.  I tired other ram an still the same thing I also cleaned it an still dont work.  It shows the blue dell logo on the screen.  This is the internet sever for my network.

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 Memory an other URGENT PROB

I hate this pc.  It seems like I have to flash the system setup

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Ok, I don't have much time left but i'm buying a new video card, the ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB, on ebay, which is why not much time left, the thing is I don't know if it will destroy my computer.

My specs:

-320 RAM
-Currently running is my Geforce2 MX 400 (32MB)running at x4 AGP
-Windows ME/XP(Currently using P but having probs goign back to ME)
-Donno if Helps but I think i have a power supply of 200W

Please respond!

Please don't say get a new computer, I really don't have the money...

Answer:Dell Dimension 4100+Radeon 9600XT 128MB?!*Please Help*

hmm u mite need to get a new PSU if u buy it, Dell and HP etc usually only supply the exact amount, and a 9600xt will take a lot more than a geforce 2

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Help my Dell Inspiron 4100 DVD-RW Drive (D:) Stops Working. The memory is Full. (no space)

Answer:Dell Inspiron 4100 DVD-RW Drive (D:) Stops Wo

Put the EXACT error message into Google.Event Log Explorer,MyEventViewer

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My hard drive is not detected.  It says a read disk error occured whenever i try to boot it up.  I have an external hard drive as well but i have no idea how to get though the boot up to access it.  thanks!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1525 Hard Drive not detected.

Hello bmcvicker13.
Welcome to the community.
If the Hard drive on your computer is not getting detected I would suggest you try to load the BIOS defaults and see if that helps. To Load the defaults you need to try the following steps.
Power off the computer.
Power on the computer and as soon as you power it on start tapping the F2 key.
Once you have entered the System Setup screen look for Load Defaults (The option to load defaults would be different for different models. F9 works for some models else you would have an option to Load Defaults). If you can provide the System model I can provide you the exact steps.
Also if the Hard drive is not detected there is no way to access it before it gets detected by the computer.
Please let me know what happens if you successfully load the BIOS defaults and if the Hard drive is still not detected you may need to re-seat it.

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my situation is the following:

I'm still using Winxp x64 (SP2). My external WD hdd is connected via esata and I regularly switch it on while the computer is running. It is detected by windows within a few seconds. My SATA controller is configured to work in AHCI mode in the BIOS. When I want to switch it off again, I use the HotSwap! Utility to safely remove it (because it is not shown in the native Windows list of removable drives). So far, so good.

Now I installed Windows 7 x64. I try the same thing, but Windows just doesn't detect the drive when I switch it on while the OS is running. It's not even present in the device manager.
It is correctly detected when I switch the external hdd on before powering up the computer.
It is also correctly detected when the following sequence is followed:
1. unplug esata cable and switch off hdd
2. switch on computer and wait until win7 is up and running
3. turn on hdd
4. wait for hdd to spin up (can be heard)
5. plug in esata cable

Then I can also remove it in the Windows removable drive list in the tray icon bar. HOWEVER, when i switch it off again, unplug it, switch it on and plug it in, it is not detected anymore. I have to reboot then. Very strange behaviour.
I also tried the Hotswap! utility and its feature "scan for hardware changes", but it doesn't help.

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Answer:eSATA hard disk drive not detected when hotplugged

Just a wild guess, maybe need new firmware for the external enclosure or drive?

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It has its own power supply, and I've tried the front and back USB ports on my tower. The lights are all on, and I can hear the hard drive itself running, and yet the computer doesn't detect it in any way.

The hard drive is a 250GB Maxtor IDE HDD. I've tried these jumper settings: Master, Slave, and Cable Select. And yet, nothing.

Answer:Sabrent USB 2.0 IDE/SATA Hard Disk Drive to USB not detected.

Have you swapped with a known-working USB cable? How old is the box the drive is in? Some older IDE2USB boxes' drivers stopped working past XP. Also the PCB inside the box could be bad. Do you have any way to hook up the drive directly?

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I had an old master HDD which started to click, which meant that it was faulty, so I replaced it with a new one.I installed Win7 64bit on a new 500gb WD HDD. Worked fine once, then it started giving me the 'BOOTMGR IS MISSING' error so I had to install Windows again.I did this today and things were working fine, I was installing programmes, rebooting etc, and then all of a sudden on one reboot after having installed Microsoft Office, nothing drastic, BIOS gave me the 'Disk read error occurred' message.I tried reseating the cables, this did nothing.I ran Win7 repair - this found one problem and apparently fixed it (something to do with the boot configuration being corrupt), but then on boot it gave me an error that I can't remember now but I remember the code 0x00000000 (not sure how many zeros). Thereafter it was just not being detected in bootup at all, under IDE drives. When trying the Win7 repair again, it couldn't even find an OS to repair. The HDD is spinning, I can feel it vibrating - but not being seen at all in BIOS wherever I put it; I tried the hard disk in another position on the motherboard by taking it out from inside the PC and slotting it into a caddy drive on another IDE slot. This made no difference.I tried connecting my old dodgy clicking HDD where the new HDD was originally seated - this booted up fine (using this HDD now to make this post, although it is clicking of course).Any advice on what to try next would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

Answer:New hard drive - disk read error/not detected

It sounds like bad HDD, even though it's new. If it's not too late, you might try returning it to where you bought it. When you tried the caddy drive on another IDE slot, does anything show up at all in the BIOS ? Another thing?do you have the jumpers set correctly on the HDD ? You probably do since you did get it to boot Windows, but I thought it was worth asking anyway. Finally, what size was the old HDD ?

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I just recently had to replace a hard drive on my Pavilion P7-1423w, and upon  installation of hard drive, and insertion of system disc I would get Start pxe over ipv4 messages. It would then hang there for a few minutes before the Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed message would pop up. I have gone into the BIOS menu and messed around with boot orders, activated Legacy, etc. Restored default settings, and still I get the error. I don't know if I need to get past this initial part before it will even attempt to read the system disc? Any tips/suggestions out there? Link to purchased HD

Answer:New Hard Drive, Error: No boot disk has been detected

Wraitharisen, welcome to the forum. Here is a guide that should help you with your Recovery. Please click the "Thumbs Up+ button" if I have helped you and click "Accept as Solution" if your problem is solved.

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finally figured out the memory i need, BUT, question is, do i need single or double Corsairs websit recommends acts about the CMSS256MB-133 and a local computer store has an "IN-STORE" BRAND with a 1year warranty for half the price of a decent priced entry level name brand stick of memory...
anyone know off hand, if i need single or double...or should i stick with double since it should work fine either way...


Answer:Dell Dimension 4100 (memory single or double sided?)

jak3y said:

finally figured out the memory i need, BUT, question is, do i need single or double Corsairs websit recommends acts about the CMSS256MB-133 and a local computer store has an "IN-STORE" BRAND with a 1year warranty for half the price of a decent priced entry level name brand stick of memory...
anyone know off hand, if i need single or double...or should i stick with double since it should work fine either way...

thanks.Click to expand...

Just take the stick out. If there are black chips on both sides, it's double-sided, and if only on one side, then single-sided. It makes sense

I would go with Corsair. Or some name brand. Online is about 99.9% of the time cheaper than in a store, and most name brands like Corsair have a lifetime warranty.

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Okay, I've posted about this before, but today I installed a new motherboard and it still doesn't look like I'm making any progress so I'll try posting again:

Here's my problem: I use a refurbished Dell Dimension 4100 running Windoze XP. About 6 weeks ago I was in the middle of a network game of Starcraft when my network card (ethernet) suddenly failed. After restarting several times to try and correct that problem, the darn thing just stopped booting up. We tinkered with it for hours, trying unsuccessfully to get it to run again, but if I remember correctly the motherboard's status lights stopped working by the end of the night, and we decided that I had a bad motherboard.

SO, last week I finally ordered and installed a new board identical to the old one, which a friend of mine installed today. And now it seems that I am virtually back to square one:

When I boot up, I usually get error lights. We've gotten different combinations as we've swapped different parts in and out, but it seems like what I'm getting most is either a green-green-green-amber ("Other failure"), or an amber-amber-green-green("Memory failed to be sized or enabled"). Definition of error codes here:

No matter what combination of lights I get, I don't get any monitor response when I boot, even though my harddrive seems to be making Windows-loading sounds occasionally. I&#... Read more

Answer:Solved: Dell Dimension 4100 Frustrating Boot Problem

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Yeah I know this pc is very old but it's been great and at this point it's my 7 year olds PC so all I want to do is let him be able to play his games.

We just upgraded this computer from ME to XP and now the disk drives aren't being recognized so we can't get any of his games to work

My guess is the driver files is an issue. But I am clueless. I tried using hardware wizard but no luck.

The disk drive is a says WDC WD400B-75AUA1 is the hardward not recognized. Creative AudioPCI (ES1371,ES1313)(WDM).

We also have this as the only hardwired machine in the house so my biggest issue is we just got a wireless N router and I can't install it on the machine as it won't recognize the floppies to upgrade to the wireless N router (we have 5 machines all attempting to be online at the same time and the newest xbox live added yesterday). So the upgrade to N is my most important concern.

While we all have laptops, I'm not very technical. I will say that I've never gotten a bug or virus that I couldn't fix with my basic knowledge and at a few times with the help of majorgeeks so I guess I'm not completely brain dead.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Answer:Dimension 4100 upgraded to XP finall but now disk drives not working

I just found my original documentation:

It says that for my D drive
12x Max Variable DVD ROM Drive (I have written in Samsung DVD-Rom SD-612)

For my E drive:
8x/4x/32x CD-RW (I have written in SONY CRX140E)

I'm sure much more information is needed so please ask.

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i am reprovisioning my dell xps 15z for a new job and went to wipe and reinstall windows to find that i cannot install windows because it does not detect my hard drive. (i am installing windows 7 off usb flash drive). i popped in the dell driver disc that came with it and installed the intel mobile express chipset SATA AHCI controller driver and it still won't pick up the drive. what driver is it looking for? come on dell, how obscure can you make this?

Answer:Installing Windows 7 on Dell XPS 15z ... no hard drive detected even after driver

did you try installing the raid driver?

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Hello all. I've used this forums many times before and decided to join. The information is very good here.

Anyway, I'm working on a friends computer (Dell Optiplex GX520 with Windows XP SP3) who had some spyware on it. I think I have it all removed but I have this one strange issue I've not come across before. I discovered it when trying to run the disk defragmenter and I kept getting an error message that said it was unable to start. The C drive is present there and other USB drives that I connect as well. But when I go into disk management, the only thing listed are the USB drives and the CDROM drive, NO C drive or any other volumes. Also, when I tried to run chkdsk on reboot, I get a message saying that it could not check the disk for some reason (flashes by too quickly). Can someone shed some light on possible conditions that would cause Disk Management to not be able to see the main Volume?

BTW. I removed some trogans and installed MS Security Essentials. Computer seems to be working fine except this issue. I don't have much history on the computer. Hard drive is reported in Device assignments as ST3808110AS, I'm currently running sfc /scannow to check Windows files.

System File Check just finished. I need an XP Pro disk to repair Windows and I don't have one. Oh well. Please let me know if there's a way around this.

Answer:No hard drives detected in Disk Management but C drive is in My Computer. ?

Can you post a screenshot from Disk Managment?

Logically...any connected drive should always appear in two places...the BIOS and Disk Management.

The only possible reason that I can think where this might not if two drives are assigned the same letter by Windows, only one can be reflected.

As for C: being reflected in Windows/My Compter...any version booted into appears as the C: drive, as any person who does multiboots will tell you. The C: drive is nothing but a designation for the O/S partition/drive booted into.

As for your XP Pro situation...there is no way around the requirement for the system files for the applicable O/S installed. XP Home is not Pro and vice versa.


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So I got my new WD Caviar Black 1TB drive that I've been wanting to get for a while. It came in fine and I installed it then formatted and everything seemed to be ok.

I used it for about two weeks and now today when I started up my computer the Windows alert that says "Windows detected a hard disk problem" came up.

It says: "Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."

What should I do? Is my new Terabyte drive really corrupted??

When just browsing to it in Windows Explorer it seems to work fine and I can still copy files or whatever. So how do I know if it's really bad?

I'll be pretty upset if I really need to RMA this back since I already made some backups on it and used about 200GB so far.

Thanks for any and all advice on this matter.

Answer:Windows detected a hard disk problem on new TB drive? NOOOO!!!

You can run a disk check as explained in this tutorial: Disk Check

I'd still contact WD though with a view to getting it replaced, as hard drives can and do fail at any time, and you don't want to be losing any precious data.

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This is a followup to this thread:

Got the machine home Sunday night and it ran, no problems.

Started it up and used it for a while yesterday, even installed an additional 128MB of RAM to improve the lousy speed I experienced on Sunday. No problem.

Then I go and try to boot it this morning, and I'm getting no monitor response again. WTF? I get a amber-amber-green-green error code ("memory failed to be sized or enabled"), basically as soon as the power button is pressed. Took out the 128MB RAM stick, doesn't help.

Video card is an old TNT2 that a friend of mine gave me for free. My only thought is that it might be failing also. I'll try swapping that out for a brand new GForceFX, which I just bought, later tonight.

Any other ideas on what might be causing this annoying and persistant problem? If it was anything else besides the video card, I should at least be able to boot in BIOS mode, shouldn't I?

Answer:Solved: Dell Dimension 4100 Frustrating Boot Problem - part 2

Sure enough, I put a new video card in an hour ago, and now everything seems to be running perfectly again.

A friend suggested that I may have a faulty power supply that has started sending surges to my AGP slot. Any thoughts? Does this actually happen?

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i have problem with Dell Precision Workstation 670 to install windows 7 64bits. in fact i had already installed Windows 7 64bit and Ubuntu operating systems on the newly hard drive. when the power cut down, windows 7 64bit didn't boot up at all, it says that Bios installed successfully and Battery voltage is low. At the same time Ubuntu is booting up and working fine but Windows 7 64 bits does not boot up, when i try to re-installed Windows 7 64bit , there is no hard drive visible / detected during the installation process !

At the start up i received following message.

CERC SATA 25 BIOS For Non-Hotplug Drivers V2.1-11 2824

<<< Press <Ctrl><A> for Adaptec RADI Configuration Utility!>>>

Controller #88: CERC SATA 2S Bus:88; Dev:1F, Func: 82

Loading Configuration...Done
Port#88 SAMSUNG HD183SJ 1AJ18881 431.51 GB Healthy


1 JBOD Device(s) Found.

BIOS installed successfully!


Though i have replaced motherbroads' battery with new one , but still i am receiving same message at the start up of windows 7 64bit while booting up, whereas, on the other hand Ubuntu is working fine and am able to access the data files stored on hard drive.

Any help how to resolve this issue of booting up Windows 7 64bit or re-installing Windows 7 64bit again !!!

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Hi, I'm getting a "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error message. It appears every time I log on and relates to the D drive, not the C drive. I've run a scan on the drive and it shows no errors but this message keeps appearing.  I'd appreciate any advice on how to resolve it. Thanks 


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Answer:Error Message "Windows detected a hard disk problem" on D drive

The message does not say D but the whole Samsung disk.

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I have had the same Toshiba external hard drive for years and have never had any problems plugging and using from any machine, mac or pc. I recently had to reformat my hard drives and re-install windows 7, and ever since I have been unable to access my external from this machine. It still works fine on my laptop, and when I plug it in to my tower, it still recognizes that "External USB 3.0" has been plugged in and downloads the drivers. However, the drive appears neither under my computer nor disk management, nor diskpart -> list volume. It does show up in my device manager as USB mass storage but uninstalling the drivers and plugging it back in does nothing. Is there anything I can try before moving all my files off and formatting the drive, and will that even help? Thanks for reading.

Answer:Solved: External hard drive detected but not under my computer or disk management

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My friend's laptop (Acer Aspire One 722 - Windows 7 x64) has been shut down after opening an email and Windows never started up again. When you attempt to start up the windows, it stays the black screen and says "No bootable Device Found"!

1- I inserted Windows Live Disk and loaded it (Windows XP Mini - Golden Edition). When I went to "My Computer", it did not show any local drive. I went to "Disk Management" and in there, there was also no unallocated or allocated space.

2- I even removed the HDD and plugged it back in. No thing happened. Then I removed the RAM card and inserted it back. Again, nothing happened! By the way, HDD had movements when laptop was on (I had removed the beneath panel).

3- I inserted Windows 7 Disk to install a fresh Windows 7. But when you get to the part where it asks you to choose the partition to install the operating Sustem, it shows one unallocated drive with 0 (Zero) capacity! The options to Delete and format are disable. Only the option "New" is active and it gives you (0) bite to partition!

What has happened? What should I check/do next?

Answer:Hard Drive Disk is not detected in laptop - No bootable Device Found

Sounds like the hard drive is dead. Do you guys have a spare HDD to test with?

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Alright, I have the C:\Windows\system32\config\system file that is corrupt/missing and I am unable to start up my computer. I've read the forums about this one, but my problem is different. Apparently, I have a SATA drive and Windows XP pro is installed. I only have a Windows XP home disk. When I try to use the Windows Home disk and Recovery Console, it says that no Hard Disk Drive is detected. From what I understand, it doesn't detect my SATA. Any tips on what to do? And no I do not have a Windows XP pro cd.

Answer:C:\Windows\System32\config\system file is corrupt help, Hard drive disk not detected

Hi Sigzen and welcome to TSF,

XP home will normally detect a serial HD. The BIOS is where the interface for that is maintained. USB might be a different story. It's likely that if you had a pro CD, it would tell you the same thing if you tried to get into the Recovery Console. Why don't you see if the BIOS sees the HD? If it sees it, home should see it also. If BIOS don't list the harddrive, then you might have a bad harddrive or bad connection.

Before anything else was tried, I would try Last Known Good Configuration in the Advanced Boot window. Tap F8 at early boot to get the menu. If that fails try the other boot options. If they fail, then look in the BIOS for the drive there.

If no drive, open the computer and reseat the data and power cables to the HD. Also, reseat the data cable at the motherboard. Be Very careful to touch bare case metal before reseating the cables. If that don't work, download the Disk Manufacturers Diagnostic CD file and run it.

If you must run the Recovery Console, you can download UBCD4WIN and burn it to a CD. It is a CD based windows that will boot and let you work on your computer, including running the Recovery Console.

Hope this helps,
Best regards,

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Would a Seagate STBD1000100 2.5 Internal Drive be compatible with my Inspiring 1545?

Answer:New Hard Disk Drive for Dell Inspiring 1545

Wee Yin,The hard drive should work in the Inspiron 1545.The Inspiron™ 1545 system uses Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drives. Data transfer rates of 150 MB per second offer a substantial speed increase over older PATA drives.The Inspiron™ 1545 is offered with a configuration of 5400 rpm drives. The hard drive capacities are as follows:80 GB 5400 RPM 160 GB 5400 RPM 250 GB 5400 rpm 320GB 5400 rpm 500GB 5400 rpm 

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I dropped my laptop and when inturned it back on i got the error code: internal hard disk drive not found, try reseat the drive. No bootable devices - strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility. Press f5 to run on board diagnostics. I pressed f5 and error code 2000-0413 lcd cable not detected came up. I have taken out my hard drive and placed it back in and this still does not help.

Answer:Hard disk drive not found Dell N3050

Try putting the drive in an external caddy and connect to another machine or open a desktop machine and connect the drive direct to a spare sata port to see if it can be rcognised.

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It says please reseat drive. I replaced my old hard drive and my new hard drive was working for 3 days. Then it came out with the same issue my old hard drive had. Please help, I don't want to buy a third hard drive

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1440 no hard disk drive found

If you installed a 7 mm drive, you likely need a spacer to ensure  it connects in place of the original drive, which is 9.5 mm in height.

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I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010.  I had to put in a new hard drive.  I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it.  I have a recovery disk but it does not work.  How do I get back my OS?  Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable.  Can anyone help me?

Answer:Dell Inspiron N 5010 replaced hard drive have no OS disk

Is your Dell registered with Dell? Have you contacted them to see what help they can provide?

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I have a dell inspirion 9100 and I just recently installed a new dvd-ram drive because the old dvd-rw died...
I have a pioneer dvr-k16 and when I boot up it stalls for like 30 seconds now and then flashes "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found". Windows starts up like normal and my drive works, although I've only watched movies so far and haven't tried burning anything. How do I get the error message to go away? I've tried going into setup and that doesn't seem to help anything because I don't know what to do in there. I keep reading on other threads that you have to change the slave to cs or something like that but I have no clue as to how to do any of that or if that would even alleviate my situation. Maybe just a dirty computer? I do have two cats and I have fur balls floating all over the place that I can't seem to get rid of...that's a whole seperate issue of course. HELP?

Answer:secondary hard disk drive 0 not found on a dell laptop what do I do?

The bios in your laptop was set up to use your old drive, the specs on your new drive will be different.

First off, have a look at the drive you took out to see if it was set to master, slave, or cable select. To do this, have a look at the back end of the drive near the connector for the jumper setting, then make sure your new drive is set the same.

Then you need to go into the bios and look for any options to scan for hard drives (this will scan for optical drives too). You need to make sure its set to your new drive and not your old one.

If you don't know how to do any of this the your manual will help, if you don't have it you can probably download one from dell.

If you still have problems then let me know and i will do my best to help further.

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Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at bootup[dell pc]


hi guys this happened to me a few months back.
this morning i tried everything...nothing works,....well this is what happen.
--everytime i reboot i get
;"secondary hard disk drive 0 not found"
;"secondary hard disk drive 1 not found"
if i press F1 it works normally,also i can see the drives listed at my computer labeled correctly,if i turn off pc ,and then, turn on pc everything is ok.,,but at every reboot i have this black screen booting problm.
myp is a dell dimension 8200,xp pro/sp3 768 rdram.
-in device manager everything looks correct..


Answer:Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at bootup[dell pc]

Sounds like you have an option in your BIOS to 'halt at everything.' Meaning if there is anything missing or possibly wrong with the system your BIOS will stop making the user press F1 so that they notice was is wrong (or possibly wrong).

If nothing is wrong with the system then just choose the option of 'halt on nothing' or something similar in your BIOS.

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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)

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 ?

...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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I receive the following message on start up: "Internal hard disk drive not found, to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive"
I ran the PSA test and all seem to be working good, also, the HDD and SD are seen in the BIOS menu. 
Please advice what to do?

Answer:Internal hard disk drive not found Dell XPS 9530

have you checked this thread? Does it help?

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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F1 reboot not working....
Please helo

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