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I have a inspirion 6000 it says cant find hard

I have a inspirion 6000 it says cant find hard drive , i have tried a new hard drive , i have reloaded xp , finaly got it to take after much troouble, then go to boot , cant find drive any help

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the Dell inspiron 6000 battery hard disk partition problem, you must completely format and re-partition.

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You may have a bios setting to check, it also may be damage on the connector or on the actual south bridge from over heating. I would load up into the bios and see if your drive is being detected and has the proper settings, try a default bios setting and see if that helps.

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Dell inspiron 6000 laptop battery 4400mAh 6 cells Brand New,Li-ion, NO Memory effect, Replacement Dell Inspiron 6000 Battery. 4400mAh 11.1v 6-cell Inspiron 6000 battery Capacity: 4400mAh Size: 209.40×71.80×19.80mm Cell Qty: 6-cell product type: replacement Voltage: 11.1v Battery type: Lithium ion Color: Blackweight: 481.95g

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Your battery has some bugs
please choose a new one!

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H There,

I'm a pro laptop repair specilaist. I've dealt with a great many of the Inspiron 6000s and their newer cousins the 6400/e1505s. You problem was one of the most frustrating I ever had to tackle.

Your hard drive slides into a metal enclosure whih guides it to the female plug-in for the pins on the HD. But that is not a direct connection to the motherboard inside. The pins plugging in horizontally enter a plastic plug that receives them and then the tiny wires inside make an instant 90 degree turn through this plastic block (which is permanently attached to the metal slide-in enclosure) and become a male plug which plugs down into the motherboard vertically from above.

When that connections fails partially (as in your case), whether through an unknown spill, drop or just time gone by, it will never again properly recognise and run a hard drive. The fact that you installed a new drive and had the results you describe make me almost certain this is the problem. While that one part is replaceable physically, it's crazy-making trying to find that single part (I never did) and I was forced in all 3 occassions I encountered this issue to replace the entire motherboard.

I hate to be the bringer of bad news so I'll ask you don't "shoot the messenger" with an "unhelpful" rating. You're at the stage in the age of that laptop model where some of them just chug along for a few more years and others develop expensive problems.

I'm sorry that it seems you've encountered one. Still, if you look on eBay and the net nationwide, someone may be offering this part as a stand-alone sale. They weren't when I last encountered the issue a year ago.

Best of Luck

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

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SOURCE: No boot sector

The other post is correct, but you don't want to try and take out Hard Drives from laptops.
The easiest option is to use a Dell XP CD for recovery
There is a little known fact though, there is a factory shipped Dell Partition that is hidden for recovery.
There is a tool (slightly technical) to 'properly' deal with repairing the MBR (as regular XP disks can ruin Dell MBR's)

Dsrfix Quick-Start This section should give you a quick idea how Dsrfix is used. However, be sure to also read the following sections to get a clearer idea of the details and potential pitfalls.
Dsrfix is a DOS program. It does not work in Windows. It does not work in a XP command-prompt window. It does not work in the Windows PE (preinstallation environment) or RE (recovery environment) -- those are not DOS. You need to boot to real DOS. If you need to, CLICK HERE FOR HOW , you can just download the 98SE DOS Bootdisk to a floppy.
This will get you into DOS (if you need that help) and then you can follow directions below)
It's a bit overwhelming, but it's the safe and real way

Download from DSRFIX LINK (Updated 09-20-2007, version 3.11)

  • Extract from the archive.
    (Note to reader: The other files in the archive are supplemental. The only file you need to copy to floppy disk is
  • Boot from your DOS boot disk.
  • Run the command " DSRFIX ". Review the results to assess whether your system is a good candidate for restoring Dell's DSR feature.
  • Optional: save a dumpfile before making any changes. This may be useful if you later need the information for forensic reconstruction.
  • If you decide your system is a good candidate for repairing Dell's DSR feature, rerun Dsrfix with the command " DSRFIX /F ". The program will repeat its summary report, then prompt you to queue any changes to be made. Accept or deny each fix proposed by Dsrfix. After proposals have been queued, confirm whether you want Dsrfix to go ahead and write those changes to your hard disk.
  • Rerun Dsrfix again for a new report to check the results.
If Dsrfix's report shows no fatal errors and no alerts, the Dell-specific restore feature should be functional on your system. You should see a blue "" banner across the top of the screen when the computer starts to boot. Pressing the Ctrl+F11 keys at that moment should divert the boot process to Dell's custom restore utility.

Hope that helps,


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SOURCE: my dell latitude c400 will not boot from external

try other known good windows installer. if it boot, then the problem is in xp installer, if it not. try other external cd-rom drive. also be sure the disc rom drive are dvd rom drive because a cd rom drive cannot read dvd disc but a dvd rom drive can read cd rom disc installer

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