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Trying to instal a new HD in a Dell Optiplex GX260 Mini tower and the it wil llet me load the OS on but when it goes to reboot to start the setup it says no HD found.

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  • aric_jacobse Mar 10, 2009

    Yes the jumper is set to master on the back of the HD. i have tried 2 differant HD and both do the same as i stated before.

  • aric_jacobse Mar 10, 2009

    i was able to instal WIndows XP on the HD but after the system make the room for it and it reboots..when it is sxuposed to be going to the instal screen before i goes to that page like it should it stops and says there it cannot find the HD.

  • aric_jacobse Mar 10, 2009

    It formats and goes through the first part of the instaler then the system reboots it is suposed to go to the final setup where it looks like windows and tells general information about windows xp as it is loading the information. sorry i am bad at discribing things. it does all the inital set up including formating when it is done it says windows has to reboot. it reboots and then goes to a dos page and that is where it says no HD found.

  • aric_jacobse Mar 13, 2009

    Thank you all i got it working. the HD didnt like being set as a master adn needed to be set as to Cabel Selecte. Thank you all. for your help.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    Ah, now I understand. Yes, your hard-drive isn't dead. For some reason your BIOS doesn't recognize the hard-drive, though. If you have another OS installer disc, have you attempted to install that Operating System just to see if it will boot off the hard-drive?

    There is a possibility your windows installer is corrupt.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    So if I'm understanding you correctly, you are installing the Operating System and Windows Installer is about to format the hard-drive when the system reboots. Is that correct?

    There is the possibility that this hard drive is DOA (Dead on Arrival) and needs to be replaced.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    There is a possibility that taking out the jumper and trying to boot will work. I've dealt with some computers which would not accept any, and I mean ANY jumper setting. So try taking out the jumper, inserting the hard-drive back into the computer, then booting the system.

    As yet another question, is there an OS (Operating System) such as Windows installed on that Hard-drive? If not, that might be why there is, "No hard drive found."

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    Did you set the proper jumper for the Hard-Drive?


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You need to be sure that your computer is starting from the CD, not the hard drive.

On boot you should have the option to choose a start up. Try F12, or F2. Then choose your CD/DVD device.

You should be able to run the install from there. If not, you'll have to change the start up device in the BIOS, which is a whole other conversation.

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