primary hard drive 1 not found

July 22, 2010 at 00:56:38
Specs: windows xp
i have a dell dimension 8200 and i just recently bought it from an uncle. he said there was something wrong with it. everytime i turn it on it says primary hard drive 1 not found and wont boot up. in the setup utility primary drive 1 comes up as unkown. please help idk what to do

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July 22, 2010 at 06:03:28
mmm... you bought it (from your uncle) knowing there is something wrong with it?

There are numerous hits about this problem "out there" and many seem to be with Dell systems...

A google trawl using:

primary hard drive 1 not found

coughs up loads of them...

Regardless, I have posted three of them below...

Things to consider... and some are mentioned in links above...

Has anyone been inside at all (when it was your uncle's) PC?
Hs anyone been changing drive jumper stttings? Dell usually use cs (cable-selct) rather than master/slave system; so is this drive on cs? If not using cs and a second device on the ribbon cable... is it using same system of identity? If two devices on same ribbon... both must use same system - either both on cs or both on master/slave.

Does the drive show up in the bios settings?

Any beeps when system attempts to boot up?

If using cable select (cs) is the master drive at the end of the ribbon cable?

discuses the various ways to install/set a hard drive to boot...

And (as in the above links...) the Primary Master is "usually" described as drive0 not drive1... So if there is cd/dvd unit on the same ribbon.. ensure it is not at the end of the cable - the hard-drive ought to be there. And if using master/slave system ensure the cd/dvd is not set as Master... - but rather as Slave (and the HD - on the same ribbon - as Master with slave).

Worst case... the HD is duff/faulty...?

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July 25, 2010 at 01:53:39
i dont think its ever been opened before and i just opened it up and everything looks okay, but i dont really know that much about it. im sorry but i dont get have the stuff your talking about, like the whole jumper cable thing. if the bios settings are what i think they are then no, the hard drive comes up as unkown. what i heard happened to the computer is that one day my little cousin got on it and did something, and it never worked since then. hes a little kid so who knows what he did. thx for the help though, much appreciated.

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August 1, 2010 at 06:20:54
When you power it up - do hear you any noises of fans working; and any signs of the HD (Hard Drive) waking up - and does teh (usually) green light come on at all showing the drive is being checked etc.?

Also are there any "beeps" from the system? If so - count them, note the sequence, and write it down. Then post it here.

Does the PC have a floppy drive?

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August 1, 2010 at 06:23:51
Also - on the back of the frame - I think you have a tower system - there will be Dell SErvice Tag. Note the details there. Usually it's a mix of letters and numbers...

This is an identifier for your system and enables you caccess any/all informataion and parts, downloads etc. that are available for it - at Dell site. Post that service tag here.

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August 1, 2010 at 06:25:14
Also - do you have of the disks that came with it originally from Dell?

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August 1, 2010 at 06:46:15
Are you able (And happy...) to go into the setup area - aka bios settings? If so post back...

It may be that "junior" got in there and changed a setting for the second drive - which isn't there; you have only one HD installed?

The first physical drive is called drive0, the next physical drive is drive1, and so on... But as you have only drive0 installed any reference to the missing drive1 (not actually there physically?) will produce the message you're getting... One has to disable any searches etc. related to that missing drive.

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