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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The BIOS determines the maximum size hard disk the computer can support. The max hard disk size for this model Dell is 80Gb. To use your 250Gb hard drive, install this Hard drive into an USB hard drive case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
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.
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