I have a used Dell Dimension 3000 without windows, as I'm installing a 250 gig WD hard drive. I connect the drive, and checked bios. hard disk, and cdrom drives both show in bios, however nither disk will spin, i.e. disk won't turn. Hard disk is getting power. And sometimes when I boot up it goes to the Dell logo, and hangs. Can't figure this one out. Can someone give me an idea of what to do. Thanks....
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Re: Used Dell Dimension 3000 drive issues
If you mean you need to install windows, you need to set your cdrom drive as first boot device in advanced bios settings or it will try to boot into a non-existent windows.
Make sure your hdd is showing as the master drive, save settings and exit bios.
Re-boot pc with windows disc in cd drive and hit enter when prompted to boot from cd.
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I BELIEVE THAT WD PROVIDES A CD WITH "WD DATA LIFEGUARD UTILITIES." IF YOU USE THAT DISK AND SELECT "DRIVE TO DRIVE COPY" SELECTION. THIS SHOULD CREATE A CLONE OF YOUR ORIGIONAL DISK. SELECT THE NEW DRIVE TO BOOT FROM EITHER IN BIOS SETTINGS OR FROM THE BOOT SELECT "F12" OPTION.
THE PC SHOULD BOOT FROM THE NEW DRIVE IF SELECTED
Here's what I would do. Download and burn any Linux disk. Install Linux and delete all partitions while doing so. After that, initiate the Windows XP installation and see if that works.
This will take care of two things:
If you can install Linux, then the hard drive is good and the partition that was previously on there will be deleted (I suspect the partition is locked which can be caused by a virus or the software used to scrub hard drive).
Check your CDs for Windows (for scratches) or it could be your actual CD drive is out (laser) which would make the installation fail. If the CDrom cannot read the disk, it locks up like that during installation...even if it read before.
you problem is most likely that your bios is out of date.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
you have to set the master boot record to bootable.. I dont know how you would do this in windows, maybe you can do it with grub or something.. or maybe just search google for restoring master boot record(mbr).