I have a D-2400 that boots to the BIOS and when looking in the BIOS it says there is no hard drive installed and yet it is in the comp and spinning, I know this HD works so I am trying to figure out why the comp will not pick up the HD.
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Re: Hard drive not installed
Did you install this Hard drive,,,did you set the jumper pins in the proper position i.e: Master - Slave - cable select??
If you did nothing to the computer and it's losing the hard drive,,then it could be the Cmos battery going dead,,make thge bios lose it's saved settings.
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If the BIOS setting for the Boot up device order does not have the USB as a boot up device then it is not possible to boot up your computer with an USB device. For a Drive 0 seek problem - First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
Your computer cannot find a boot-able storage device, i.e. hard disk drive, to boot from. Either your hard disk drive is defective or the OS (operating system software) is corrupted and needs to be re-installed.
try tapping the F12 key over and over when you see the DELL Screen to bring you to the boot menu....with your CD in choose to boot from the CD and it should allow you to run the OS installation from there.....your machine is trying to boot from the hard drive that has no OS on it.
Press F2 to go into the BIOS. Look in there and see if the hard drive is listed in there. If not, then reset the BIOS to defaults, it will be one of the Function keys that does it. If you do that and its still not recognized then the hard drive is bad.
If the hard drive is recognized in there and its not booting up into windows. Then you'll need to reinstall windows to get the computer to work properly.
Basically when you install a new boot drive you need to install Windows operating system on the new hard drive, also the device drivers (eg video, audio, modem, LAN etc), your programs and data. The reason programs has to be installed is because the installation process copied DLL files to the System folders and makes changes to the registry.
You can only copy your data onto the new hard disk.
To avoid copying your data to the new hard drive, you can set up the old hard drive as second hard drive (ie. slave drive), if you delete the redundant folders and leave only the data folders then you have an adddition 40Gb of disk space.
If your system has one optical drive, press F12 when the Dell screen comes up at boot. then select the drive... If you have more than one optical drive, the master is the only one that can boot(per Dell). If the above (F12) does not work, you can try changing the boot order in the BIOS to: First--CD/DVD Second--IDE-0 (hard drive) Third--(any other devices)