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Primary Hard Disk Drive Not Found, Fixed Optical drive Not found

Inspiron 8000
Primary Hard Disk Not found
Fixed Optical drive not found
Options f1 to reboot- response no bootable device selected
f2 setup utility-does nothing
Those are my only 2 options, cdrom drive not working, floppy is reponding but I have no programs on floppy's to reload? Thanks

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Reseat both the Hard Drive and Optical drive and see if they detect. If they do not, then a HDD failure is most likely. The I8000 is quirky in that if the HDD fails, the Optical drive will not work.

If reseating doesn't resolve, Replace the HDD and the optical drive should work. (Controller is a serial design and neither drive will function if the other fails)

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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