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Old 01-11-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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I just put in a new IDE 80GB hard drive into my Dell computer to replace an old one. I popped in the Windows 2000 Pro disc, formatted the hard drive and installed Windows, but when I go to boot up, it says that no IDE drive is installed...thoughts?
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Whats the exact error?
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:36 AM   #3
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Primary Drive 0 not found
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Sounds like ya may have connected it to the secondary channel. Also make sure that the drive can be seen in the BIOS and double check that the cables are secure
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go into the bios and see if the drive is detected in the bios.
start the pc and usually press delete key or f1 key until bios screen shows.
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:46 AM   #6
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right, i did that and it says "Unknown Device"
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right, i did that and it says "Unknown Device"
In the BIOS??
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yepp...keep in mind that this is a dell with a very watered down setup
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The fact that its a Dell could be the problem, ive never worked on one personally and never will Ive never heard of a unknown device being reported in BIOS. You could try resetting the BIOS to force it to redetect the drives, is the drive definately formatted etc?
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Check here http://support.euro.dell.com/support...=uk&l=en&s=gen
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:17 PM   #10
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lol ya dells are pretty bad...i just switched the jumper setting to cable select and it seems to be working now...thanks though
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