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Cannot boot up Inspiron 8200

My Inspiron 8200 reads: Primary hard disk drive not found, fixed optical drive not found -- no bootable devices...

What can I do to retrieve data or re-boot? HELP!

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The configuration is the internal HDD is the Master on the Primary IDE bus, the fixed optical drive is the Slave on the Primary IDE bus, the Media Bay device is the Master on the Secondary IDE Bus. Pull the HDD and nothing will work.

The error occurs when either the HDD or optical drive becomes half connected to its connector. That locks up the bus and the BIOS reports both failed. Reseat one or both of the drives. The Inspiron cases flex too much because of the loose palm rest "feature"

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Could be a tough one. Can you get into the bios ( F8  or F10 ) while booting and check if the HDD is being recognised in the first place ? If it recognises, then check for Boot sequence. I would also suggest to try the Recovery CD that came along with computer. 

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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