This laptop works with no hard drive caddy, but with the caddy installed, it does not recognize the hard drive in the BIOS.
Also I tried it with a different hard drive and it did not recognize the other drive with or without the caddy.
When it goes through startup, it loads Windows, and runs perfectly.
I bought this laptop on eBay with problems. They said it had a flaky motherboard. When I got it I could see that it had been taken apart, and not quite put together in the proper sequence... After diss-assembling and re-assembling the unit, it fit together much better. I had to purchase the hard drive caddy (have verified that it is the correct one), and memory for it.
I was going to sell it as a refurbished unit, but I certainly cannot with this kind of problem, so I gave it to my 5 year old, and it sits on her little desk. It occasionally does not recognize the hard drive on startup, but re-booting works for now...
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First - re-seat the hard
disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and
go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it
doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs
to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or
laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning
This can happen if the drive is corrupted, or the drivers for the drive are not loaded in the BIOS of the machine. The first is much more likely.
Try going to a local computer store and purchasing a new 2.5" hard drive. The amount of space is your choice. There is usually some screws on the bottom of laptops holding down a door that houses the hard drive. Remove the old hard drive, then remove the hard drive caddy. Attach the caddy to the new hard drive and insert it into the computer. Try installing again. If you can't find the hard drive door, consult the user's manual.
There could be a rare chance that the motherboard of the computer is compromised if the new drive is not found either. Consult a local computer shop if that is the case. You may need to replace the motherboard.
try plugging a standard pc keyboard into the ps2 slot ,if it has one, if not use a usb keyboard. That should tell you if the keyboard is malfunctioning. As for using the hard drive with no caddy it should be fine as long as you pad it it securely, to stop it being knocked about etc when moving the laptop. Also you will need to enter the bios and set ideo 0(the hard drive) to auto detect. As it is more than likely detecting the old hard drive in the bios settings not the new one?
Make sure your hard drive is being recognized in the BIOS. If it is then go ahead and install your operating system and any drivers you need for your hardware.
If its not being recognized then take out the hard drive and reseat the hard drive back into its slot. Go back into the BIOS and see if its showing up now. If not then more then likely the new hard drive is faulty. Best way to verify this is to try a good known working one in there and go in the BIOS to see that its showing up.
Actually, have you tried running the Windows install yet? When you're in Windows Setup, it should recognize the hard drive as a device, even if it's not formatted or formatted properly.
Try going into the BIOS for the laptop (it might be called Setup Menu or some such - you should see a prompt for hitting a key like Del to get there) and look and see if the BIOS recognizes the hard drive. If the BIOS doesn't see the hard drive, then the problem might be with the laptop and not the hard drive.