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Re: hd install

If its external drive and USB one you simply connect it to the USB port and it should be picked up. Are you using windows? which one?. Does your drive came with the drivers disk?

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Hi!, I'm trying to install a brand new WD 500 Gb HD on a Dell Optiplex GX260. The problem is that even though I can see the HD on the BIOS Setup I can't get pass the Message... Press F1 for help or F2 (For...

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Is it the external or intenal drive. What type of OS?. What are you trying to do (install OS over it?) Is this the only drive in the system? What is the manufacturer of the hd and its type number serial number etc?
Please describe in a detail manner to help you out.

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Check the settings of the internal setups. This is using the BIOS itself and hitting a particular key before anything happens. On some machines it is F1 or the DEL key. In the basic setup there are settings for the boot order and floppy drives and HD type. Make sure these are set correctely.

ALSO on one of mine I have to use a formatting/partitioning program supplied by the HD manufacturer (in this case Maxtor) to pre-prepare the drive beofre trying to install WIndows.

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normally you dont need any software to install the HD if its a newer computer (last couple of years) just check your jumper settings, it should show you on the HD where to put the jumper for master / slave.

If your putting it in as a second HD for more space you will want to put the jumper on the back of the drive to "slave" and attach it to the same cable as the hard drive in your computer already.

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I am assuming that you are installing the Western Digital WD2500SB as a second Hard Disk in your Dell 8300. If it is connected along the same flat IDE cable as you old/original HD (Primary Master), you need to move the jumper in the WD for it to be as the Primary Slave. Instructions and illustrations are normally printed on the sticker atop the HD. If you are connecting it to the 2nd (Secondary) IDE, pls verify that it is not in conflict to any other device attached to it such as your CD/DVD. At any time, only 1 can be a master and the second device be the slave.

To verify that indeed your wiring/jumper and settings are correct, you can go to BIOS/CMOS setup immediately after powerup and determine if your PC has auto detected the new HD as well as the old/original HD & CD/DVD.

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Two possible reasons:
1. Since the Win98 PC hasn't been used for some time, it can be assumed that somehow the CMOS/BIOS has reverted to default values including its recognition of what HD is installed (or in this case failure to recognize the HD). What needs to be done is the let the PC detect what HD is installed. To do this, on most PCs you need to press "Del" key on boot up (when prompted by a bottom screen display of "Press Del to change BIOS values".... or something like that. Somewhere, there should be an option to manually detect the HD, save setting exit, reboot.
2. If the above does not detect the HD and boot, it may be that the HD has suffered physical/hardware fault such as stuck spindle motor or something else. In some instances, it maybe the IDE cable or even the 4-wire power connector.

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