2 DELL PC's with the same problem

February 27, 2009 at 04:45:19
Specs: Windows XP
I have two DELL desktop PC's that do not detect hard drive, what could be the problem? I've tried changing hard drives puting new hard drives still does not detect them, Please help.

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February 27, 2009 at 05:43:44
Are the hard drives the original units? Are you trying to install an OS? If so, are you using the Dell restore disks?

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February 27, 2009 at 07:06:49
No i'm not using the original hard drive, i think i should use the dell disk to format and restore the sytem. Thank you.

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February 27, 2009 at 11:38:47
Are they IDE or SATA drives? Are they detected in the BIOS?


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February 27, 2009 at 12:21:33
Most likely SATA interface hard drives which may require SATA drivers at the start of the installation.

Why wouldn't you use the Dell recovery disks? Those are free. Any other WinXP CDs have some value, even if you own them.

If you think you can use any CD and it will work you are mistaken. Retail CDs require that you register. Of course only ONE computer can use the same installation key.

Why are you changing the hard drives?
How are they connected? Directly to the motherboard or connected to a controller card?
What is the capacity of the drives?
What is the model number of the Dells?

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February 27, 2009 at 22:15:37
In my opinion the main mistake is you bought dell :P and i had
that problem before. i just reset bios disconnected he drives,
reconnected and it was good to go. cant figure out why it
worked though.

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