New hard drive not working

September 13, 2009 at 12:25:03
Specs: Windows XP
I just replaced the hard drive in a dell inspiron 1520. When I turn it on it will not recognize it, it states it needs to be powered on. I'm not sure what this means?

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#1
September 13, 2009 at 12:34:53
make sure if your hdd is recognized in the BIOS

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#2
September 13, 2009 at 12:35:44
Laptop? Are you sure the HDD is fully connected? Did you check the BIOS to make sure it's recognized? I assume it's an SATA HDD - how to you plan on reinstalling Windows?

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#3
September 14, 2009 at 18:33:24
Thanks to both of you for your response! The bios does recognize it but I found out why I was having the problem, it was not set to ATA in the "setup" section, it somehow got changed to AHC? I was able to use my recovery disks but that opened up a whole other issue. I've gone to Dell's website and tried to download programs on my other laptop but when I save them to my other laptop it doesn't recognize the format. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

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