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DELL Optiplex G240 - New Hard Drive

 
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lynx1121



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: DELL Optiplex G240 - New Hard Drive Reply with quote

The other day my hard drives co-rupted.
I have brought a new hard drive and i cant install windows on to it. The pc doent recognise a hard drive.

i have xp disk and vista. on vista setup i go to search driver and boot X comes up with no other harddrive. it says the capacity is 33MB. There is nothing installed on pc that is 33mb.

can sum one please help
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi lynx1121

First you need the new HDD to show in your BIOS and OS, to enter the BIOS on your PC i think its F2 then find Hard Drives/Optical Drives etc and see if the new Hard Drive is showing and if it is enabled.
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lynx1121



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked at set up and it does not recongise the drive at all.
is there away of doing it, all connections are fine
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick way is disconnect the drive data and power boot the PC then close it down reconnect the drive and boot, go to BIOS and see if it shows.
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lynx1121



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok i did it twice and still bios does not recognise hdd.

i used to have two drives, the pc booted of C: but wndows ran off D:. would this effect whole pc

What else could i try?
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No not now you have changed the boot order ... er or did you ? - OK some questions >

1. is Auto Detect on in BIOS ?

2. is boot drive coming of 1st Motherboard Header ? (eg) SATA 1 ?

3. Is boot drive the only drive now in the PC ?

4. Please post Motherboard Make & No

5. Please post BIOS ver

6. If your not sure of Motherboard make etc use > SIW
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lynx1121



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Auto detect i think is on but not sure, so how do i do it?

Its an IDE conection, all wired up as usual

It is the only HDD in system
(althrough, i did have 2 HDD booted from 20g and run wndows from 250g, i did take out the 20g and it wasnt until i booted them again, i relized what the pc was running off)

Motherboard is DELL (not sure what model, can be found on del.com gx240 mini system)

Bios is version A02
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Cat-tranz



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK were talking IDE/ATA your new drive may need to be writen to BIOS, to save me a load of typing hon read > Here
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