Question about Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

1 Answer


during a disk check aborted half way through repairing the files that it had already removed, (into quarantine - i think). i was left with my D6oo unable to boot as it said "no primary hard disk was detected." please can anyone help hopefully with a quick-fix solution??

Posted by on

  • soniti01 Jan 03, 2009

    it won't pick up my new hard drive i bought and put in

  • stuberlake Apr 25, 2009

    I repaced my hard drive about 4 months ago and the laptop worked great until last week. I got blue screen errors a couple times, was able to reboot then it would not boot at all...
    Running diagnostics now - it passed the Self test and is 1/2 way throught the read test.

    Last night I tried to install a 2nd windows - it still would not boot.

    Will reformatting and reloading make a difference? Hate to do it because it looks like everything is there - just not recognized.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 49 Answers

If you press F12 during bootup, you should get the boot menu. Run the hard disk diagnostic. If the hard disk is bad, you will get a DST Short Test Error code.

Replacing the hard disk in a D600 is a piece of cake though so if you need a new HD, it's easy to do. The tedious work will come afterward.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

My Hard Drive is making strange noises when i start it, and my hard drive cannot be located. How can i resolve my problem.

Hard drive noises usually indicate a mechanical failure. Call dell and have them resolve the issue with a replacement drive.

Jan 02, 2011 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

1 Answer

Dell server cont detect hard disk

chk for boot sequence in the BIOS and chk the hard disk is detecting in the BIOS

Oct 29, 2009 | Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server

1 Answer

Dell latitude D610

This fault usually means the hard disk has failed or the disk controller, in most cases it is the hard disk that has failed.
Check the BIOS settings and see if the hard disk is detected, if not it is probably a faulty hard disk.
When you boot up the computer does the hard disk LED light flash and can you hear the hard disk spin up. If the hard disk is making a clicking noise then it is definitely faulty.
To test the hard disk another way, remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard disk adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot detect this as an external hard drive and you can't open the folders and files, this confirms it as faulty.
To get the computer operational again, you need a new hard drive, Install Windows on the new hard drive with the computer's device drivers and your programs.

Sep 05, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1150 Latitude D600 14.1 LCD...

1 Answer

H.D failure

Its definitely the Hard drive that might have crashed. You can try booting the system by using a windows CD and see if it boots. Secondly you can try using a different hard drive from some other laptop, if you know someone using this one. Or you have to purchase one. If you think of replacing it with a new one, I can assist you to replace it. Dont take it to a service center, they would charge you a good amount.

Feb 06, 2009 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

1 Answer


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

Dec 31, 2008 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

1 Answer

My laptop Dell D600 USB 1 cannot detect my external hard disk.

Sorry, you'll have to send the HD back or get a USB 2.0 machine.

Dec 30, 2008 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

1 Answer

My hard disc is not working but it is detected by computer system is unable to boot from hard disc.

helllo, the smart hard drive in your system has detect iminient failure for your hard disk that means your hard disk is bad. you need to get another one.

Dec 16, 2008 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Dell Latitude D600 with new Hitachi 30GB Drive Not Recognizing

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.

Nov 30, 2008 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

2 Answers

Hard disk failure

Go to They can get files off damaged hard drives. If they can't recover your data, you don't pay anything. When you fill the form out, check "I was referred by an affiliate." And enter code 10869.

Aug 08, 2007 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 (ST360014A-20PK)...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Latitude D600 Notebook Logo

2,607 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18424 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides