|So my dell latitutde c840 laptop suddenly started giving me this error: |
"Primary hard disk drive not found
Fixed optical drive not found
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"
I bought one of those $2 converters on ebay so I could plug the 20GB IBM drive into my desktop to test it, but my desktop wouldn't recognize it.
Laptop + 20GB = Bad
Desktop + Converter + 20GB = Bad
Convinced that the hard drive was dead I took an old 2GB Toshiba drive from an old laptop and tested that on the converter in my desktop. That worked fine
so I put it in the laptop which also worked fine. I booted it with a windows xp install disc, installed windows and used it with the 2GB hard drive for
about a month.
Laptop + 2GB = Good
Desktop + Converter + 2GB = Good
I bought a new 60GB Toshiba drive and put that in the laptop and now it's giving me the same error message along with a clicking noise. I put the new drive
in my desktop and it works fine. I put the old laptop drive back into the dell laptop and THAT worked fine. It's just that specific combination that won't
Laptop + 60GB = Bad
Desktop + Converter + 60GB = Good
I feel like maybe the hard disk controller on the laptop is going and will only accept older hard drives. The old hard drive is almost twice as thick as the
newer ones so it seems like they must've been made differently.
I've been trying to boot with a windows xp install disc and even when I go into the bios and disable all bootable devices except the cd drive it still gives
me the same message. If I disable all bootable devices except the hard drive, I again still get the same message.
It seems like if it works with the 2GB drive it should also work with the 60GB drive.
Does anyone have any suggestions for other things I can try?