Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA1, strike the F1 Key ....

June 3, 2014 at 14:23:45
Specs: Windows 7
or F2 ... etc.
I have an Optiplex 745 runing Windows 7 64x

I could send you the screens when I pressed F2, so perhaps you could send me some step by step instructions, if that is the case.
I do not have enough knowledge to do it myself, and your help will be great.

What should I do?

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June 3, 2014 at 14:57:04
What are you attempting to do at this time? Install an OS afresh or what?

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June 3, 2014 at 21:44:57
Did anything happen to it or did you make any changes to it between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't?

Assuming the drive is there and connected properly and good try setting bios defaults and see if it's seen then.

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June 4, 2014 at 13:54:52
I am trying to start up my computer without having to press F1. I did not change anything in its bios. And I do not know how to change the bios, if that is needed, in order to make my computer start directly without this Press F1 or F2 message.
I took some pictures of my screen when I pressed F2, without changing anything at all, expecting you to tell me what and how to do it, if possible. Kind of step by step, because I am not an expert at all, but I can follow instructions. Thank you

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June 5, 2014 at 00:36:55
So you seem to be saying that you get the message about the drive not being found then the 'press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup' or words to that effect. So you press F1 and it goes ahead and boots into windows?

If that's the case you must have a SATA drive specified in bios setup that's not there and windows is on another drive that is there.

I'm not familiar with every piddly-ass bios out there and I don't know what hardware you have or how its connected so I can only give general advice. That advice is to go into bios setup and make sure the drive(s) are configured properly. You may need the manual for that. If you don't have it it should be available for download on the Dell support page for your model.

As I mentioned, there's usually a bios 'default setting' you can enable that will choose the settings most likely to work. That may be all you need to do.

One thing that can cause bios setup to lose its settings is if the motherboard battery is weak. When you get into windows check the date and time. If they're way off it's probably the battery. When that happens you change the battery and then go into bios setup and configure the lost settings.

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