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Dell precision 530 bios ssd

My crazy idea to upgrade our antique Dell Precision Workstation 530 MT with a Transcend 128GB PATA SSD (TS128GPSD330) failed because BIOS (A11) does not recognize it as disk (unknown device). There is no other disk on that cable and Master/Slave does not make any difference. Any ideas?

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  • GetVladimir.com
    GetVladimir.com Mar 23, 2014

    Ok, I found something. Looking over the older version of the BIOS, I found this

    For BIOS A08 and under fixes it states:
    "11. Fixed issue with UNKNOWN devices in System Setup for IDE devices.
    If a failure occurs, now check the second IDE cable for devices."

    Can you possibly try connecting the SSD to another port (or maybe switch it with the CD-ROM)?

    You can also try it with an older bios, either A08 or previous.

    Please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.

  • Daniel Siegenthaler
    Daniel Siegenthaler Mar 27, 2014

    The SSD may just be broken I think. Whenever I connected it to a cable, not even the SSD itself is unknown, also the other device on the same cable disapeared. I returned the disk to my supplier. Thank you anyway.

  • GetVladimir.com
    GetVladimir.com Mar 27, 2014

    You are welcome. I hope you get it sorted out. If you need any help, I'm here :)

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This is a little bit long shot, but check also if there is an updated firmware for the SSD (you will need access to another machine in order to upgrade it). I will look up if I find either a bios for the Dell that is working or another solution

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SOURCE: Boot a Sony DVD RW DRU-840A drive in DELL precision 530

Have you tried changing the boot order.

If you're trying to use it as a boot device you need to tell the system to boot the cd /dvd drive FIRST and of course you need to have a bootable cd / dvd in the drive.

Let me know if you're already tried this.


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