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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Re: Dell Latitude D600 with new Hitachi 30GB Drive Not...
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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Press F12 as you boot up the Dell and select the CD as the alternate boot device, insert the Windows installation CD in the CD drive and continue.
If you can't select the CD as the alternate boot device then go into the BIOS configuration then the Boot order and select the CD as the first boot device, save and exit. You can change it back after Windows is installed if you wish.
Make sure your pc is recognizing the drive before installing any program. If the drive is recognized but is still not booting, then reset your pc as soon as the pops up press f12 which will show a list of the booting order you of course will want to select cd drive or you can enter f2 and make the booting configuation changes thru your BIOS in the Booting Sequence. change the order or replace the drive or drivers and Voila Your good to go, Hope this helps
Boot from the Windows XP CD and at the first prompt, press "r" for repair. Press 1 when asked to choose windows installation and then enter the admnistrator password. If you don;t have one, just press "enter" and it should show you "c:\windows>"
At this prompt, type the following
THis should take quite sometime but will fix the problem at the end. when you get the c:\windows prompt again, type the word "exit" and your system will reboot and load windows XP normally