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Re: reseat the hard drive
Hi, You can try this out to reseat the Hard Drive
First safety Steps:
Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from being scratched.
Click Start , click the arrow icon, and then click Shut Down to turn off your computer.
Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
Disconnect any telephone or network cables from the computer.
Remove any installed cards from the ExpressCard slot and the 8-in-1 memory card reader
Turn the computer over.
Slide the battery release latch until they click into place.
Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board.
battery release latch
1. Turn the computer over and remove the two hard drive screws.reseat the hard drive - spears_h.jpgg src="http://i.fixya.net/uploads/images/spears_h.jpg" alt="spears_h.jpg" class="h_mi" />
2. Slide the hard drive out of the computer.
3. Slide the hard drive into the hard drive bay until the drive is fully seated.
4. Replace the two screws to secure the hard drive
Then again you can try
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Computer does not boot up The problem maybe the RAM, it could be faulty or just needs reseating to make proper electrical contact. Reseat the RAM and then boot up your laptop. If it still does not boot up then remove the RAM module/s and take them to your friendly computer repair shop and get them to test the RAM for you. Just like you sometimes need a mechanic to repair your car, sometimes you do need a technician to diagnose and identify the fault or faults on your computer. Not only does a good service technican have the experience to deal with this type of problem, they also have the equipment that allows them to look at things the average computer user can't see, and he has a collection of replacement parts that can be used to quickly test individual components on your computer.
Computer does not boot upThe problem maybe the RAM, it is faulty or just needsreseating to make proper electrical contact. Reseat the RAM and then boot up your laptop. If it still does not boot up thenremove the RAM module/s and take them to your friendly computer repair shop andget them to test the RAM for you.
Check The BIOS to see if the hard disk is detected. If not then - Check if the harddrive is faulty, remove the hard drive and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a workingcomputer's USB port. If this computer cannot see itas an USB mass storage device and you cannot open the various folders and fileson this drive, then this confirms the hard drive is 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.
If the laptop has partial power, remove main battery and test, next remove one stick of ram and try again, take the second one out and replace the first and test, lastly remove the hard drive and reseat back in place, if no! hardware should be tested for issues. If by chance you have the recovery disc try a full install of the operational system to factory settings, if no! have hardware tested.
Does the hard drive LED flash and the hard drive spin up when you bootup?
If it doesn't then you could have a faulty hard drive or a fault disk controller.
Reseat the hard drive to see if it is a connection problem.
If the problem still persists then to test if the hard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter.
Connect this to a working computer's USB port and if this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK.
If not then the hard drive is faulty and you need a new hard drive in the Dell and Windows installed etc. to get the Dell operational again.
The hard drive may just need reseating to make it work, failing that the hard drive is either faulty or the had disk controller is faulty.
To test the hard drive, remove it and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and then plug it into a working computer's USB port, if you see this drive as a external drive and can see the contents of the hard drive the it is OK.
If the hard drive isn't recogonized then the hard drive is faulty and you need to get a new hard drive for your laptop and install Windows, the drivers and your programs etc.
it seems like a hard drive failure or the hard dirve not seated well. I'm assuming this caz you cannot boot up. Try reseating the hard drive and try again, If still not working, try and listen for any clicking noise from the hard dirve.