I have a dell latitude l400 and i can't boot up a usb icey box. This is the only removerble media i have. The hdd in it is blank. I can not use another laptop to install windows then swap the hdd over as the dell just goes to a black screen. The same happens when i attempt safe mode. how can i get this fixed
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If you're tryng to format the HDD on a Dell latitude C400 (or install an OS), this thing will not boot to any USB devices (flash drives, pen drives, external USB cd-rom drives, etc.) - just ain't gonna happen since the BIOS doesn't support such boot devices. The only thing it'll boot to is (1) docking station, and (2) a Media Bay optical drive.
reformated twice? have you already ran diagnostics on the hdd? check first the hdd thru diagnostics it might the hdd causing the problem. if no errors found in hdd make sure it was reformated as clean install. your hdd might have partition and just reinstalled OS on he same partition without deleting partitions. Try deleting partitions then create new partitions then reinstall OS.
Are the pins broken or just bent?
If the pins are broken you need to replace the hard disk.
You should not dismantle or remove the cover off the hard disk, this needs to be done in a clean room enviroment as dust particles will damage the hard disk.
Firstly, put cd on the dvd rom drive. Boot up machine and press directly F12, it wil give you an option whether to boot up machine. Choose boot up my cd drive then it will read your cd and install the OS.
1.If you purchase an external USB CD drive you will not need to use your floppy discs for booting. 2. You can connect a USB CD drive to your system. 3. Your system will recognize any device plugged into your USB drive. 4. There is no CD drive available for internal installation in your computer. 5. With the USB CD drive plugged in and the windows installation disc inserted, your computer should take you through the setup program automatically.