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Dell Dimension 5000

Replaced existing hard drive (SATA) with new Hitachi 400 SATA but system won't boot - Error msg - Drive not found I got a WD 400GB drive to replace my failed Maxtor drive in my Dell Dimension 5000. I have connected the new drive but I get the error message that:

Error auto-sensing secondary hard disk drive0
Strike f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility.

In setup, the WD drive is detected, but the capacity is not known. When I try to install Windows XP using the Dell Reinstallation CD, it ends up with a 0x0000007F error (which I think is because it can't read the hard drive).

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  • twist3d May 19, 2008

    Thanks for helping.... you'll have to forgive me. Can you explain what you by the ntfs system? And what does using the long format system not the quick format mean?

    Also, I'm not quite sure how to install the bios update... I've downloaded a file from Dell via FTP but it's a .exe file - not sure that will run without an OS.


  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    my laptop says secondary hard drive module could not be found. so, might be the problem here. please help.

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You problem is most likely that your bios is out of date. download the latest bios updates for your motherboard and then when you install windows format you HDD with the ntfs system (using the long formatt system not the quick format). Then you should install the bios update. then your mboard shoud no longer have the problem of recognising your large capacity HDD. thanks

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