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DELL COMPUTER Dell's DISK MONITORING SYSTEM HAS DETECTED THAT DRIVE 0 ON THE PRIMARY EIDE CONTROLLER IS OPERATING OUTSIDE OF NORMAL SPECIFICATION

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Step 1: Switch to SATA.

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Dell's disk monitoring system has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications


Take this as a S.M.A.R.T. drive warning and start backing up your valuable information. Be prepared for a drive failure.

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Dell: Primary hard drive 0 not found Primary


Sorry, but this isn't a good sign. Drive 0 is most likely your main hard drive, and only if you have a second one would you computer ever find anything on Drive 1.
I would check the connections inside from the motherboard to the hard drive, as well as from the power supply to the hard drive.
Here's the manual: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx60/en/ug/sffabout.htm#1103481
Also, if you boot your computer to the Dell copy of Windows, go through the motions of reinstalling Windows and you probably won't be able to detect any drive to install it on.
You'll most likely need to replace the hard drive altogether. Sorry!
Hope this was helpful for you (even though it was bad news)! If so, please give a rating!

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WD 5GB nternal EIDE drive is detected by BIOS but not by Win XP.


New drives are not usually formatted, so the drive will not show up in the drive list when My Computer is opened. As this may be the case, the drive will need to be initialize and formatted.

To do this make sure you have administrative rights and locate your My Computer icon which is located in the Start menu or on the desktop. Right click on the My Computer icon then select "Manage" and click on it.

You will be presented with the Computer Management console. Locate and click on "Disk Management" under the Storage part of the management tree.

Many times when this is opened, the system will present you with a wizard to initialize and format the drive. If this is the case then follow the wizard to complete the task.

If this did not happen, look at the list of drives in the list. If the computer recognizes the drive it will appear without at drive letter next to it. If this is the case a right click on the drive with out a letter will allow you to initialize and format the drive.

If the drive does not appear here, then over to the far left in the Computer Management console, find and click on "Device Manager"

Once the device manager is open a tree with all the recognized devices will be displayed. Click on the + sign next to Disk Drives. If the drive is not listed here then the computer does not see it.

If this is the case highlight and click the computer at the top of the Device manager that has the name of your computer. Now right click the computer icon and select the only option witch is "Scan for Change". The computer will look for devices for a moment or two. When complete see if the drive is now listed under Disk Drives in the device tree. If so follow the steps above to initlize the drive and format it in the Disk Management part of the console.

If the drive did not show up, shut the machine down and check the connections to the disk drive.

Also make sure the drive is properly jumped. Most Western Digital Drives have a jumper diagram printed on the label. Set the drive up for single drive or cable select.

After restarting the machine, enter into the BIOS to make sure the machine is in fact seeing the drive. On a Dell Dimension this can be done on restart by pushing the F2 key. This must be done quickly right after start up.

Once in the BIOS use the arrow keys to navigate. Locate the section for hard drives and verify the machine is in fact seeing it. It may be that the secondary IDE channel has been disabled. Make sure it is enabled. Also make sure the drive detection is set to auto if the option is available. Once complete make sure to save changes to the BIOS. When complete the system will be restarted. Allow the system to boot Windows. It may recognize the device now and prompt with the wizard.

If not use the steps above to check the Disk Management under the Computer Management console to see if it is there.

If the drive is still not there try testing it in a different machine or seek professional services to rectify the issue.

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Dell Dimensions 2400 Primary Drive 0 Not Found


For this problem it only means that the Hard Disk of the computer is not being detected

Try doing the ff:
  • reseat the IDE or SATA cable of the Hard Disk
  • Clean the port where the cable is connected (make sure that the computer is unplug)
  • reboot the computer
  • if problem persist contact computer manufacturer
Hope this will help
Thanks
BYron


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Check your BIOS setting to see if it detects the hard drive (Primary disk 0). If it can't detect the hard drive then the hard drive maybe faulty. Open the case unpluge the IDE cable from the hard drive and reconnect it again, also unplug the IDE cable at the motherboard and reconnect it again including the power connector on the hard drive.
There maybe an option to test the hard drive in the BIOS, if so use it to test the hard drive.
If the hard drive is faulty, you need to replace it and install Windows, the various device drivers and your programs to get a functioning computer again.
You might consider buying a new computer (it will be faster & better than the old Dell) and you have your new monitor to go with it.

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Hi akaprettyboy,

It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard-disk drive as soon as possible. If you are able to boot consider yourself lucky for now, but that error finding a POST queried EIDE drive detected possible error conditions means the drive is either Unreliable or a defective drive. You can try to reformat the drive (once you backup your data) to try and save it, but most likely it's trashed.

Best of luck

Mark

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