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Dell Latitude D600 with new Hitachi 30GB Drive Not Recognizing

Able to boot from Windows XP CD but does not see the new HD when it comes time to write to the HD. HD model is Hitachi HTS424030M9AT00 ATA/IDE. Downloaded the drivers for the HD and attempt to press F6 during the boot process but the system tell me it is looking for a floppy drive to read from. I changed the boot process, disabling the search for a floppy. Do these HDs need any jumpers applied? Currently it is set up for Device 0 which should be right.

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  • Ken Clemmer Nov 30, 2008

    Mr. Geekman,

    I thank you for the info. No luck as yet. The BIOS, Version A16, only reflects None in the Primary Hard Drive. Does not allow me to modify anything. Have not tried fdisk or the adapter option.

    Ken

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XP install is not detecting any hard disk.
No jumpers are required for laptops, can only have one hard drive in a laptop.
Check the BIOS for the hard disk configuration, make sure that it is set on Auto (detect).
You may have a faulty hard disk, you can check it by booting up with a floppy DOS boot disk, run fdisk to see if it detects the hard disk, OR connect this hard drive to a USB hard disk adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port and if it detects it as an external drive the it is OK.

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    Chris Hingee Dec 01, 2008

    If you see none in the primary drive that means the hard drive is dead, or the hard drive controller has died, Most likely dead drive.

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