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tom03

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I have an Dell XPS 420 with a few issues at present, I have tried a few things (diagnostic testing with no issues picked up etc) to fix but cannot seem to get ahead. Diagnostic lights are on 1,2,3 and a error message of failed to detect 1 or more ATA drives during POST.
Anyone got any suggestions or ideas on fixing up
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Try reseating all of the ribbon cable connectors and power leads to all of your ATA drives.

If you still get the error you may have a dead ATA drive, flaky PSU or possibly a bad motherboard.

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Another thing you might try is resetting the BIOS to factory defaults.
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Thanks for the advice, tried a couple (ribbon, resetting) with little luck.
Ended up turning of drives (all but necessary) in BIOS and got back to almost normal operations (eg: started up to windows & internet access etc).
Secondary drive seems to be issue, reset BIOS to accept drive and noticed beeping noise (1 per second) coming from drive particular drive...thoughts?
Is the drive salavagable as it has all my data on it?
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Is the drive salavagable as it has all my data on it?

Ontrack.com

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Also: http://www.ontrackda...oom-technology/

Edited by SpywareDr, 06 June 2010 - 04:20 AM.

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Is the drive salavagable as it has all my data on it?

or only if it is accessable by another computer. By all indications it is dead and not even a linux cd would help. It needs to be seen and accessible.
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