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Hard Drive not detecting?


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my dell dimension 4550 is not detecting my hard drive... everytime i start it u[ it says hard drive not detected and it says press f2 to enter setup, everything is plugged in properly i have no idea whats wrong!

thnxs guys
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Hiya,
Ok it could be a bad conection or a bad cable connecting to the hard drive. What kind of hard drive is it. and do you hear it spin and work when you turn your computer on?
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i can't hear my hard drive... so should i just get a new ide wire thingy? donno what tehre called
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Ya try and replace that also make sure it is jumped right first.
the name of the the cable is a e.i.d.e.
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its set on master

is this the right cable?

http://www.bestbuy.c...82605214&catid=
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Ok before we buy anything i want to make sure we cant fix it other wise

do you have more than one hard drive in your computer?

does the hard drive light come on when you turn on your computer?

Does it show up in you bios?

And what was the last thing done on the computer before it did this?

And ya that is the one you are looking for.
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Ok before we buy anything i want to make sure we cant fix it other wise

do you have more than one hard drive in your computer?

does the hard drive light come on when you turn on your computer?

Does it show up in you bios?

And what was the last thing done on the computer before it did this?

And ya that is the one you are looking for.
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There is only one hard drive in there, 55 gig hard drive.

I cant find the light... is it on the hard drive?

in bios it says "unknown device"

last thing i did was take out the 250 gb maxtor hard drive which was a slave to the 55gb hard drive. I took it out because i just built a new computer and i put the 250gb one in the new comp. Now this dell computer is acting weird
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Ok it is a possibillity that this hard drive is not spining or is getting a bad power conection. Is their another computer you could hook it up to to see if it id the hard drive or the dell?
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i dont have any other computers that are ide so no =/
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Well You can take it to a local computer tech store to have it tested to see if it is still spining. Sry i can't be any more help.
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Ok scratch that i can still help i am to tierd to think dang alright Put the bootup disk in and at the A: promt type fdisk Does it show you anything?
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i don't know how to get here =/ A: promt type fdisk Does it show you anything?

i talked to the geeksquad guys and they told me to try a new ide wire... it didn't work eeek this is frustrating!
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Ok make a boot disk on another computer to do that get a floopy and go to fomat and make it a bootable dos disk the go to the comp and in bios make sure it is booting from the floopy first then save setting and run the disk
it should say somthing like this
A:\
and after that i want you to type
fdisk
so it will look like
a:\fdisk
and then hit eneter
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o man i dont got a floppy on any of my computers just the computer that is messed has the floppy >_< i'll pick one up tomm unless theres another way?
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