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Dell latitude C400 will not boot from hard drive.

Whenever I turn on my dell c400 it wont boot from the hard drive. it says it cant find a bootable drive in bay 0 or something. this happened suddenly. one day it was working, the next, it wouldn't boot.

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  • am_trojan Jul 18, 2008

    i cant start the windows cause have blank screen and cannot connect to the driver.... i dont no how to do it.....

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Hi, This sounds like a dead hard drive. Still, you may want to try: 1. Enter your CMOS/BIOS and verify that your laptop can detect the hard drive. Further check if it is configured to boot first from the HD; 2. Slip in your XP or Recovery CD and boot from that. It may be that the boot section/files of your HD got messed up. When prompted, instruct the CD to repair; 3. Remove your laptop's HD and connect it to a 2nd PC as an external/removable drive using a 2.5 enclusore with USB attachment. Thereafter proceed to diagnose, check and hopefully recover your important files; 4. If confirmed of a defective HD, replace and reinstall your OS. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007

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I have the same problem, I am thinking it might be my low battery, at startup sometimes my dell c400 forgets to start spinning HD. this is only sometimes, usually when i leave my computer connected to the wall when the computer is off. after a few start ups it remebers it has a hard drive and works again.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007

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