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Dell XPS 420 will not boot


Best Answer phillpower2 , 15 January 2018 - 12:41 PM

ERROR IN THE PREVIOUS POSTPhill sorry about this The Hard drives are not as described above they are in fact.Drive 1: a Seagate Barracuda 320 GB 7200rpmDrive 2: a Western Digital Caviar SE 16... Go to the full post »


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OK good. Go back to main bios screen

Select SATA Mode
Change to AHCI
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Sorry it seemed to hang a little, maybe I didn't press the key properly
See photo for current screen

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I have no access to SATA mode

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We need to get back to the main bios screen. Do not hit Ctrl I this time. Look for the system configuration menu, then Sata and you should see option to change from Raid, Ahci etc. Please post a pic me can use either mode and change once Windows is installed

Edited by dmccoy, 22 January 2018 - 12:03 PM.

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This is the page we are looking for

http://www.geekstogo...1515527760.jpeg
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When I hit the esc key it brought me out to this

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Hit f2 to go back into bios
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Done

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Expand the drives option. Do you see anything about Sata mode?
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I have:  diskette drive

 

SATA 0 - 4

EXTERNAL sata

SATA Operation 


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Choose sata operation and show me pic. I think we want it set to RAID Autodetect/ATA
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Done

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Change to Raid Auto detect and save your settings
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Are you still planning on using both drives? If so, which one do you want,to install Windows On? I would assume the smaller drive and use the other for data, backups etc
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#163: done

 

#164: quite honestly I dont know , Phill I believe has his doubts about the  Seagate drive, and as for the WD ?

 

I am quite open to suggestions, even to the point of replacing one or both of the drives as I can get a 1TB seagate, which i believe are compatible for not a lot of money.  The system is only used for software, I keep all of my documents on, and work to, a separate LAN based NAS  

jim


Edited by Jb852, 22 January 2018 - 12:35 PM.

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