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Hard drive problems with Optiplex GX260

I have an Optiplex GX260 that I took out a bad Maxtor hard dirve and replaced it with a Western Digital hard drive and it goes to a black screen with choices of F1 or F2. When I go into the BIOS I find that the computer shows "uknown device" for the hard drive.

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  • dluthy Dec 22, 2008

    What perameters are you talking about?

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You should be able to manually enter the drive perameters into bios. That should let you boot. Or boot it up with a boot disk.

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  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Dec 22, 2008

    sorry kinda got messed up. First is it SETA or IDE? If seta the drive is bad or the controller is bad, With IDE you are lookin at the same kinda problems but if IDE you used to be able to imput the size,heads,allocation etc... Not sure if you can still do that but most likely if you are replacing a drive you think went out i would guess it is the controller on the motherboard.

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