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Computer will not boot up, "internal hard disk not found"

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Hi, first thing to do is not panic!. Have you tried switching the machine off for five minutes and then turning it back on? If you still have a problem, power the machine off, open up the underneath panel which holds the hard drive (see your manual for which panel or look for one appx 8cm by 4cm. there will probably be one screw which you have to remove. to remove the hard drive once the screw is removed, pull the plastic band along the axis of the hard drive until it unplugs from the connector. Then reverse the proceedure! This will reconnect the hard drive and clean the connector terminals symultaneously. When the laptop is back together, try powering up again. If this doesn't work, contact me again. Kind regards

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The issue described in your post indicates the hard drive has malfunctioned. Some (but unfortunately no all) Dell desktop/laptops come pre-installed with diagnostics software to help troubleshoot hardware trouble. To check for this feature, follow the steps below:
1. Power on the computer/laptop. 2. At the Dell logo, press and hold down the "F12" key. 3. Following the boot screen, there should be a list of options if the command was input properly. If the list is available, select "Hard Drive Diagnostics" or "Diagnostics" from the list. If the list is not present, repeat steps 1-2. 4a. If "Hard Drive Diagnostics" is present, the system will run an automatic self-test and after a few minutes it will return a message or error code. An "Error Code #7", "Not Pass" or "Hard Drive Not Found" indicate that the hard drive has malfunctioned and will need replacement. 4b. If "Diagnostics" is present, the system will initialize the application and present you with a list of components to check. Use the mouse pointer to highlight the "Hard Drive" category and double-click it to run the test(s). This may take 15 minutes to over an hour to complete. Upon completion, a list of error(s) found will be displayed on-screen. If either 4a or 4b display error messages/codes and your system is still covered under warranty, click the link below to speak to a Dell representative that can assist you in getting the hard drive exchanged and your system up and running again.
If your desktop/laptop is no longer under warranty, than a hard drive replacement will need to be purchased and installed in order to be able to reinstall your OS and get your computer working correctly. A replacement hard drive can cost anywhere from $35-200, depending on make/model/size.
The removal of the old hard drive and installation of the new, replacement part is not terribly difficult, but if done be inexperienced users, it could render other parts of the laptop faulty due to user error.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010


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It is possible that the HD has failed completely. However, this is a relatively new laptop, so I would suspect that is not the case. Sometimes the HD will lose contact for one reason or another. This can usually be cured by removing the HD and reinstalling it, which will remove any crud from the contacts.

If the machine is still under warranty, call Dell support. They will walk you through diagnostics to determine the actual problem.
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SOURCE: reseat the hard drive

shut down the laptop.
then, disconnect the laptop power, and battery.
remove the harddrive, then connect the harddrive firmly back into place.
reconnect power/battery and boot.

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SOURCE: no internal hard disk found

Hi there.
Use the Vista CD to create the new partition, but first you have to delete the old partition first, (the 220GB partition not the 10GB one because that will be the recovery partition).
Get a calculator and work out your new partition, for example 50GB is 50x1024MB so that will be 51200MB.
When you have deleted the 220GB partition select NEW and input your newly worked out partition and carry on from there, to activate the other partition just format it.

Please post back with the results and for anymore help if needed.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

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