Do you check the setting of your hard drive? It seems that you have already another hard drive (HD) install which is working already were your operating system install. Try to put the 2nd HD setting in slave position. Follow instruction that is written at the back of HD. Your computer should read the 2nd HD as slave and will see it as drive: F or G and so on.
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try it on another computer if that dosent work you should reformat your computer but first backup all your data by putting your another internal hardrive on your computer and move all your files you need to the empty hardrive and after that take the hardrive with all your stuff in it off the computer and then reformat the hardrive which the external hardrive does not work on and install a new operating system then put the other hardrive with all your stuff back on your computer and transfer your stuff into the hardrive with a operating system then try the external hardrive
OR you can burn all your stuff into a CD or a DVD OR you can put all your stuff into FlashDrives and then after you reformat the hardrive with an operating system put your stuff back into the computer and after that the external hardrive should work
If you would like to take a drastic measure to fix this problem, just take everything you have on your computer that you want to keep and save it. Burn it onto a CDR, DVD or put it on an external device such as an external hardrive or a memory stick. Make sure you have all the dics that came with your computer. Such as the Operating system CD and the CD which contains your drivers. I believe that disc is called the Dimension Resource CD. Then wipe you hardrive clean. I used a program called D-ban to do this on my computer. It was free and I found it on the internet at http://www.dban.org/ Now that your hardrive is clean and you saved the stuff you wanted to keep, just reload windows by placing the operating system CD into your cd drive and reboot your computer. When the first window opens hit your F12 key then boot from the CD drive. Folow the onscreen directions and this will reload your operating system. Then install all the drivers from the Dell dimension resource CD. WOW!! Now your computer will run like it is brand new. It will seem like you just bought it new. I have done this several times to my computer. It is a little time consuming but it works like a charm. It will also remove a computer virus if you have one.
try using the basic utilities that are on the computer. disk clean up and scan disk. Scan **** should give you the info on how bad your hard drive really is. And yes any electrical connections installed improperly could cause harm.
ouch this ones a hard hit. it seems that somehow your windows data has become corrupt. This can happen for many of numerous reasons, but the point is that you must either repair the installation (which will keep your data intact) or reformat (which will clear your hardrive) in order to get windows to work again. Both of the above options require a windows CD to fix.
There is a third option and that is to take your hardrive out and put it in another windows computer in order to retrieve your data.
If any of the above seem like something that you would be hesitant to do i would recommend to allow a professional to backup your data then reformat your hardrive. It is an easy job for them and you wont have to put out for a windows CD which is an expensive venture.
I'm sorry for the bad news I always hate to see this happen and if i was your neighbor i would fix it :)
thanks for posting and please dont forget to rate.
If you are trying to put another hardrive into your existing pc I could explain but you if would like something more visual then there is a tutorial here
its simple really since the computer auto detects the new hardrive. the hardest part are the jumpers on the back of the hardrive. You see one hardrive has to be set to Master and the other has to be set to slave. the hardrives can connect to the IDE cable (the big flat cable inside your pc) in any order but they cannot be both set to master. The jumpers are easy to switch and the hardrive itself will have a diagram right next to the jumpers to show you how to move the jumpers to make the selection.
its a great idea to have two drives in your pc in case something happens to the first, but i always recommend a hard backup (cd/dvd).
Its possible that the Dvd drive is not connected to your motherboard, but it is connected to the power supply inside your computer, this would give the illusion that its working, as it would open and close and 'make noises' but it would not be connected to the computer system so its useless.
You will have to get someone to take a look inside your computer and check all the wires are connected.