My friend brought me this computer that would not recognize the hard drive. I figured it was bad so I got a new drive and it still will not recognize the drive. I have been reading about f2 setup mode and a driver that needs to be installed. I cannot locate any issue within the bios or the driver on dell's website.
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Re: Dell 2400 wont recognize harddrive
I don't know how old the Dell is but I have not seen a BIOS setup routine that did not automatically find and recognize a new hard drive for many years.
Perhaps the BIOS is the source of the problem.
Did you try the removed drive in another system?
Did you check the CMOS backup battery? If this needs to be replaced, it may not recognize much of anything.
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Enter the BIOS (setup menu on power on) and then holddown the key and depress the then the keys insuccession. This will force the motherboard to load default settings and alsoforce the motherboard to redetect all IDE devices. Note: The selection for thefloppy drive will be set to ON. If you do not have one then you must disablefloppy in set up (BIOS) menu.
Press F2 to go into the BIOS. Look in there and see if the hard drive is listed in there. If not, then reset the BIOS to defaults, it will be one of the Function keys that does it. If you do that and its still not recognized then the hard drive is bad.
If the hard drive is recognized in there and its not booting up into windows. Then you'll need to reinstall windows to get the computer to work properly.
It sounds like you may have the IDE cables hooked up backwards on your motherboard.. The IDE cable slot on the motherboard labled IDE1 should be where your Hard drives are if you want them to read as primary. The Optical drives are usually on IDE2, designating them as secondary.
Let me know if you need more help.
it is not recognizing your harddrive you will need to make sure that your harddrive is connected properly then boot into bios and under the ide section have the computer check for the harddrive if it finds it there then save and exit and reboot please keep me posted on this i can help you further if needed regards mike