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Hard drive not detected

When i boot up the computer, a message stating that the hard drive is not detected comes up not allowing me to access windows

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I have the same problem.i order a new hard drive but it does the same no hard drive in the bios.i try reinstaling windows xp to see if it detects the had drive no luck.i unplug and replug nothing,i unplug and replug the hard drive up side down the pc just show a black screen whith nothing not even a DELL logo

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Hi,

You may try to check the hard drive in the BIOS first.

  1. Turn on (or restart) your computer.

  2. When the Dell™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately.
  3. When you are in the setup look for the Primary hard drive. If it says "none" then the hard drive is not detected by your computer. You may try to reseat the hard drive and check if that could resolve the problem if not you may call you computer manufacturer and check if the system still under warranty to replace the hard drive.
Please follow the link below on how to reseat (unplug/replug) the hard drive

http://tinyurl.com/6e2kyx


Keep me posted.

Thanks

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This sounds like a classic case of hardware failure, try taking the hard out and putting back in again, also check in the bios to see if the hard drive has been detected. if you get the same result the hard drive has failed and you will need another one

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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