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Upgraded hard drive, from 80gb to 250gb. I have had to reload my os twice. it appears that the bios is not recognizing my hd. a friend said that the inspiron 6000 does not do well with a hd bigger then 160. what gives

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  • peoria1959 Dec 23, 2008

    installed a western digital 80 gb hd.. bios does not recognize it. HELP!

  • Curtis Richner May 11, 2010

    Your question is confusing. How could you load the OS twice if the HD is not recognized. That may be true bout the BIOS, but there may be a BIOS update. You could also partition the HD to 160G if you are able to run Windows setup.

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I recently had geek squad look at it / after installing a new (tested good) 80 gb western digital hard drive. Geek Squad first told me the hard drive was bad. I told them to check the HDD again, in another computer. It was good. Then they told me the motherboard was bad and it would cost 535 dollars to replace the MB. Wrong answer. At that point I knew they were guessing. The MB also tested satisfactory prior to my giving it to them. I told them to return it, with my refund minus shipping costs. Dell knows this model has a problem but wont support the repair. Dont Buy Dell junk.

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I dont think we can use a hard disk of 160gb in an inspiron 6000. and make sure you bought a ATA hard drive and not a SATA drive. For the Western digital try to reinstall XP and install the device drivers before installing application s/w.

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