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Installing Hard Drive on Dell 8300

Purchased a Western Digital WD2500SB and trying to install into a Dell 8300 and it will not boot up
I don't know what to do or how to do it ... can someone give me step by step instructions or a place on the Web where I can find easy instructions.

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  • jebalch Feb 01, 2008

    This hard drive will be the main drive for the Dell 8300 as Dell told us per phone conversation that the other one was gone. I don't know if it came with a CD installer or not...should it have?

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Hi,

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.

If for wahtever reason, the PC will not auto detect the new (Western Digital WD2500SB) HD and since it is new then, it should still be covered by the warranty and you can ask for a replacement.

If on the other handyou would want it to the the primary master and you would like to run your PC's OS on that new HD, you would need a CD installer/recovery to re-install the operating system.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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    Louie Role Feb 01, 2008

    Apologies to krihard, it would seem you have posted while I was composing my reply. Didn't mean to double up.

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    Louie Role Feb 01, 2008

    Hi jebalch ,

    With the indulgence of krihard...

    Understand now that the new Western Digital WD2500SB is meant to replace the defective original HD of your Dell 8300. The WD does not normally come with an installer CD, but your Dell 8300 should have one when it was new. Those Dell Recovery CDs are necessary for you to be able to re-install your Windows as well as the appropriate drivers inherent to your PC.

    If for some reason the Dell recovery CDs are no longer available, your options are:
    1. Call again their support and inquire how to get a new copy of the CD;
    2. Borrow an OEM Windows installer. This version should match the particular version of Windows you were originally using in the now defective HD. It can also be determine by looking at the MS sticker either at the side casing or at the rear of your PC. It should say something like Windows XP home or Pro, Media Center or something like that. when asked for the CD key, use the numbers printed on the same sticker. for the drivers, you need to download them from the Dell website.

    Cheers all.

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Hi if you hard drive new you patation with xp booteble cd...
conect your hard drive ide port 40pins then ide port bule part conect motherboard ....other part conect hard drive then jumper setting conect right 6 pins ..2pins conect 1st point it call master if is motherboard guied look &conect jumper setting ...then go to reset cpu press del key go to bois select boot divice  enter... then select 1st boot divice is cd or dvd rom divice....press f10 to save yes enter reset pc then setup cd load .......

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