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Hard Drive I replaced the factory Hard drive from Dell because they said my old hard drive was bad. Dell also mailed me a burned CD that said Dimension 4600 on it. Once I got the hard drive installed. I turned on my computer and I didn't know what CD to put in. I got a message that said "Primary Drive 0 found" Then I entered the Dimension 4600 CD and pressed F1 and it said do I want to boot from a hard disk or CD Rom, I chose CD and then I had a list of 5 choices, I tried a couple of them and nothing seemed to work. Window's won't even come on. Please help!

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Re: Hard Drive

Put the CD in your CD Drive and shut off the pc. Then start it up again making sure the CD is still in the drive. You will then be asked if you want to boot from CD. Press any key to confirm this (it might skip asking you if it detects that your hard-drive is already blank) Then you want to let it run its install routine. Im not sure what options it will give you but the ones you are looking for is FULL install.

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The power went off on my dell dimension 4700 and i press the power button and it will not come on. What can I do?

Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect or boot up your hard drive

Test all leads that attach from the ((motherboard to your hard drive)) including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty

make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ?

Feb 05, 2011 | Dell Dimension 4700 PC Desktop

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My dell 3000 dimension sereis i pound out 2 beeps and did not detect the hard disc drive and did not boot properly can you sovle this problem

One bad/faulty lead can cause a computer with lots of problems
replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA the ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ?
hope this helps

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Received Dell XPS 8100. No cd player so they sent me one. Dell hell it is. Anyway, I opened it and found MANY wires unconnected. Can you tell me what connects where? I took the cd burner out of my old one...

Your old computer had IDE interface, the new computer has SATA interface.. There is a thin connector power cord and interface cords with tge same width connectors.The existing hard drive has thes cables connected to it. Connect one power cord and one data interface cable to the cd drive. Connect the audio cable to the cd drive and the Audio IN connector on the motherboard.
Unless the motherboard has a ide connector. you can not use your old hard drive or cd. You can get a external drive encloser that can convert IDE to USB

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I have an older dell computer and teh hard disk is

No the O.S. will not still be n the system. You will have to reload it. If you have the original disk, that is. Also take ALL of the pertinent info. you want and load to a disk. Such as, pictures, documents, all downloads you have put in the system including the setup. If you don't know how,email me and I can help. Otherwise,insert a blank C.D.,wait for auto play, select the programs, and or pic. or doc.s. right click and choose send to unless you have the option of "burn to" then use that one. I hoped this helps.

Jul 20, 2010 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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How to forat the hard drive

Good day sir, hi, lets review first some of the reasons why windows xp cannot be installed on your PC, here are the possibilities :
  1. Your Windows XP CD is scratched beyoned readable. You will get prompts for missing files or files that can't be read on the CD. Get a good copy of windows XP.
  2. A memory module (ram) or some are defective, you get the blue screen with all sorts of warnings and data you can't understand and numbers you don't know. Check your ram modules. To be sure have it tested on another PC. If bad, replace it.
  3. Your memory should be aleast 128 mb or more for windows XP to install properly.
  4. Your CD/DVD drive is bad or selective of the CDs it reads, you may need to check the drive.
  5. your hard drive is bad, or has to much bad sectors near the boot area, where windows install its system and boot files, you have no choice but to replace it with a new one, or else you cannot format the old one no matter how.
Thats it, if I miss something, let me know, send me error messages to diagnose it properly.

Nov 12, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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Dell DV051 - message no boot device

Go into your BIOS by pressing F2 and see if the hard drive is being recognized in there. If it is then reset defaults in the BIOS and reboot and see if the computer will boot back into windows. If it doesn't then you'll need the discs to restore the computer back to factory defaults. If the hard drive is not being recognized in the BIOS then make sure the hard drive is hooked up properly. IF it is and its still not being recognized in the BIOS then the hard drive is bad.

At that point then you'll need to replace the hard drive and use your discs to restore the computer back to factory defaults.

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After factory recovery sytem wont boot

Hi, there is a good possibility your hard drive has some bad sectors, I recommend downloading a utility that will check the state of the hard drive.

You will need to burn the ISO on a working computer, then boot from cd and run the long test. If there is bad sectors the hard dive test will fail, then hard drive would need to be replaced. Good luck!

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Can't reboot windows cd on with cd drives

If you have it available, boot to the Dell DImension Resource CD and run the diagnostics on the hard drive. From the description of you problem, you may have a failing hard drive.

Other things to check:

1. Ensure the system BIOS (F2 at boot) sees the hard drive and has the correct date and time. If the motherboard battery is failing, the time and date will not be retained when system is powered off.

2. If you are able to format the hard drive, but the windows XP installation process gives you file copy errors, then you may have a bad RAM module. If the system has 2 or more modules, take out all but 1, retry the install. If you get file copy errors again, try a different module.

3. If the Hard drive passes dieagnostics, but fails to complete a format, replace the hard drive.

Jun 01, 2008 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Install new hard drive

If all that you are doing is replacing the hard-drive then you only need to do the following as the Dell cases are a screwless design and only require you to:
  • pop the case open,
  • disconnect the drive and power cables, (noting these for reassembly later)
  • push the green drive rail tabs inward toward the drive, and
  • remove the drive from the case.
Next you'll need to replace the hard drive.
Tools needed:
  • Philips head screwdriver, or
  • Nut driver.
  • Take the old hard drive to a flat space, ideally a workbench and unscrew the four mounting screws from the drive rails.
  • Take your new hard drive out of its Anti-Static bag and begin to put the drive rails back on the new drive.
  • If this is the only drive in the PC I suggest you set the drive to being the Master drive on the IDE bus. If you do not know what this means google the drive model (on the label on the hard-drive) and you'll find details of how to set up the drive to be the master on the IDE bus.
When the above procedure is complete you'll need to re-insert the drive back into computer case. That is simply reversing the procedure you used to take it out of the case.

Finally you'll need to reboot the computer and go into the BIOS to ensure that the drive is being seen and is of the correct size.
Lastly you'll need to pop in the OS CD-ROM and rebuild the system.
Note that on some of the early GX150's there was a problem with the firmware of the CD-ROM that allowed you to load the OS, reboot and then the installation would hang as the OS could not read the hardware due to an incompatibility. This can be solved by simply replacing the GX150 CD-ROM with another CD-ROM during the build and then putting the old CD-ROM back in place after the final reboot of the PC before you log on for the first time.

Hope this is of some help from a newby solution provider.
Andrew Martin

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CDDVD RW drive won't open /won't burn CD

Drive is more than likely fried. It's not uncommon to have DVD/CDRW drives or any burning drive go bad especially if you use it frequently. Check for a replacement they shouldn't be more than 30 dollars for a decent model now.

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