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Suspect that the interface inside your external HDD case is toast. I'm assuming it's a USB interface. Typically inside your external case is a USB to IDE/SATA disk interface that converts the USB signals to something (IDE or SATA ) the disk drive understands.
At this point, and based on what you have posted, I would recommend 1. dismantal the external case and ensure all cables and interface plugs are well attached. If still no joy, then (2) determine what interface the disk drive has (either by looking up the disk spec on-line or by recognizing the interface) then purchasing or borrowing another disk case and switch in/out the interface or disk drive. Use the disk model number from the drive to find out what the interface is.
You cannot take a hard drive out of your faulty HP laptop and insert it into any laptop and expect it to run/boot up. When Windows is installed on a laptop, it is configured with device drivers for that particular laptop and it wont work in another laptop with different devices. Replace the Dell's hard drive back into its laptop and the Dell should function normally. To recover data off the SATA Hitachi hard drive, connect this hard drive into an USB hard drive adapter and then plug this adapter with the Hitachi hard drive into the USB port of your Dell. The Dell will detect the Hitachi as an external Mass storage device. You can then open the various folders and files to back up your data onto the Dell laptop or USB memory stick. If you want to, you can use the Hitachi hard disk as an USB external hard drive by installing it into an USB SATA hard drive enclosure.
Do they not work on any device? Have you tried using a device that they used to detect in the past? Maybe the device you are using is too advanced for the old D600. For example, I would imagine it would have a hard time detecting a 1TB external hard drive.
If it will not detect a device that used to work in the past I would go into the BIOS or System Setup and make sure the USB is enabled. When you turn the laptop on just watch the screen and it will tell you which key to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. I think it is the F2 key for the D600.
consider to replace your hard drive, your hard drive detected crash on your bios so you have to replace it. your hard drive can be use to external hard drive buy some external hard drive case 2,5" you can re partition your hard drive and maybe if you are lucky the harddrive can be use again on your laptop
First of all you have to set the "USB Emulation"-Option to Enabled in BIOS . Then you need to go into the BIOS with the external disk already plugged in before starting the laptop and set the boot order as such that the USB storage device will be first, the cd second and the others blank or disabled.
1. Faulty cable - try replacing the cable by borrowing a working cable from a friend. If this solves the problem then you need to buy a new cable
2. Lack of power - some USB drives especially those for high capacity drives require extra power aside from that provided by USB. If you do not have a separate power leading to your drive, check if there is a separate power slot and run a cable from it to your outlet/USB slot. Just make sure that the voltage levels are correct.
3. USB Slot - some laptops' USB slots do not produce power enough to drive a hard disk. Other devices may work (e.g. keyboards, mouse) but not hard drives. Try to use another slot in your laptop. If this works, remember to use the same slot next time.
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The first thing to do is go into the bios. To do this, power up the laptop and hit F2 at start up. Sometimes it requires hitting the F2 button numerous times. You should see message in the top right corner that says "Entering Set Up". Once in the bios screen, look through menu to see if your hard drive is recognized by the bios. If it is not recognized by the bios, it may be a defective hard drive or problem with the motherboard. You might also try removing the hard drive and checking for any problems with the connector then reinstalling the hard drive and trying to boot up again. If this does not work, I would recommend replacing the hard drive.
You might have to reformat the drive sounds like you got a virus in your boot sector on the hard drive. I hope you backed up everything you needed. when ya get it running again get an external drive and make regular backups of your stuff.Where did it move the files to ? you should have a backup of your system on your harddrive that came with the machine when you bought it ,try to reformat with this sector of the hard drive its called d: backup
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.
when u power on your system start tapping F2 key
you wil get system setup screen
it will be somthing like this
The computer attempts to boot from the sequence of devices specified in this list.
Onboard or USB floppy drive
Onboard SATA hard disk drive
Onboard IDE hard disk drive
Any add-in hard disk drives that are detected (listed in the order that they are detected with USB device usually being detected last)
Onboard or USB CD-ROM drive
Any other bootable add-in devices that are detected (listed in the order that they are detected with Onboard Network Controller usually being detected first)