Cant reinstall windows because it sayd it cant find a hard drive
My hardrive recently broke.I bought a new hard drive from dell.Im pretty sure i plugged it in the same way as the old one as its not very comlicating.
So now i go to reinstall windows on the computer and it loads up everything from the reinstall cd and then says 'setup is starting windows'
I then get a message sayin that the computer doesnt detect a hard drive.
I tried multiple thing and rechecked connections many time w/o any luck.
All i did when i put the new hard drive in was pull the old 1 out and pop in the new.I tried doing a diagnostic test on the computer/hardrive.
i intsantly get this 'Error Code 655D:0009
Msg:DEVICE_INITIALIZATION_FAILURE Unable to access USB''
I dont know what this means or what to do to fix it . Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Two things, check your jumper setting, if it is an IDE hard driver. Second the computer usually won't recognize the Hard drive until it is formatted for the first time. Did the computer stop and say it could not find hard drive ? and you got F1 to continue, well if you did, just continue. Error 655D is a registry screw up, unplug your usb stuff if you can. remember your drivers aren't installed yet (usb requires drivers-once windows is reinstalling your get the drivers...good luck if you need any more help, just let us know
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It sounds like your hard drive may have stop working. Or your operating system may have been corrupted. You can try to restore your computer with back up disks. Or try installing a fresh copy of windows. If the hardrive is not working try a new hard drive and reinstall the operating system.
Here is a link for the documentation for your computer:
If your hard drive shows as empty, you should be able to reinstall your operating system from the system disk. If the disk has failed, though, it will not accept the operating system. You'll have to buy a new hard drive. In a Dell computer, if you press the special function key to select a boot option (I think it's F12), one option should be diagnostics. Here you can test the hard drive. If it comes up with an error, you'll know for sure what the problem is.
Is your hard drive being properly recognized/ identified in your Bios you may have to check in there as far as partitioning goes you should be able to do that when you reinstall the Operating system in the advanced mode depending on what operating system of course.
Restart the Laptop and press F8 you will get a option that sayd repair my computer select the option,
If repair mu Computer doesn't work than go to BIOS and check if the Hard drive is detected in BIOS or not and than perform Hard drive test in BIOS there is utility which will allow to perform the test of hardwares.
If Hard drive is detected in BIOS nad Hard drive test passedthan you need to reinstall the windows.
If Hard drive test failed or it is not reflected in Windows than replaced the hard drive and install OS on new hard drive.
when the system is u and running normally the comp is using the hardrive to run your computer to format it you must enter the installation of xp and format the disk during the installation process. there is a part of the installation where if theres a o/s on a harddisk it will allow you to format it just make sure you format it to NTFS if will be one of the selections
This is most likely going to be a failed hard drive. Since it won't load the system, by general rule, If the hard drive won't format, or if you have any issues during or after the set up of a new operating system, then the hard drive is shot, and needs replaced. Replace the drive and you should be just fine.