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dell 2400 new hard drive install trouble

By danny.williams ·
I am having trouble installing new hard drive. Won't recognize hard drive. Have dell install disc, won,t read cd-rom. Reset bios settings? by removing "coin" battery for 20 minutes and reinstalling. Any clues to make this work? Thanks to any reply's.

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You will have to help us out here

by Jacky Howe In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

Can the Hard Drive and CD/DVD be seen in the BIOS. If not check the Cabling and Jumper Termination. Hard Drive Master on IDE1, CD/DVD Master on IDE2.

Common BIOS entry Keys
F1
F2
DEL
ESC
F10
A user will know when to press this key when they see a message similar to the below example as the computer is booting. Some older computers may also display a flashing block to indicate when to press the F1 or F2 keys.

Press <F2> to enter BIOS setup

Tip: Hold a Key down, this will cause a stuck key error, which may allow you to enter the BIOS setup.


If the PSU is only rated at 200W or 250W replace it with something around 450-550W and dont go cheap as they are inferior and do more harm than good.

Note: A damaged or insufficiently charged internal battery can corrupt CMOS or BIOS settings.

Let us know how you get on.

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CHECK IDE CABLE OR CHANGE

by abdirisaq8 In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

TEST THE HARD DISK OR TRY ANOTHER Hd

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If it's a Dell with SATA drives....

by robo_dev In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

you have to enable the secondary SATA port on the motherboard through bios setup.

Only 2 of the 4 SATA ports are enabled by default on Dell systems

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And if it's a IDE Drive

by OH Smeg In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

Did you replace the HDD with the correct size HDD.

IDE Drives have a upper Size Limit beyond which BIOS can not recognize them. If you have replaced the drive with a similar sized one it shouldn't be a problem but if you have replaced a 10 GIG Drive with a 160 GIG Drive this will be a problem and BIOS Will Not recognize the drive.

You also need to alter the Jumper Setting on the IDE Drive to Master from Cable Select or CS.

If this is a NB you not only need to look at the size of the drive which was removed but the Voltage and Wattage/Amperage of the old drive and compare this to the new one. A HDD with a higher Amperage or Wattage will not work in a system that can not power it.

And if it is a SATA Drive BIOS may not see it and this is perfectly OK as that is how this computer is. If it is a SATA Drive you not only need a Dell Recovery Disc but you need the Dell Recovery Disc for that computer. If you try to use another one it will not have the correct drivers on it and will not install the OS. If the Restore Disc that you have is for a Desktop and you are attempting to use it on a fairly new NB it will not have the SATA Driver to allow the OS to be installed on the SATA Drive.

As for the Computer not booting off the CD Rom you need to go into BIOS set the Date & Time and then set the Optical Drive either CD or DVD to the First Boot Device if there isn't a floppy and the HDD to the Second Boot Device. If you have a Floppy drive the Floppy is the First Boot Device, The Optical Drive is the Second and the HDD is the Third Boot Device. When you have this set exit BIOS Saving your Changes and with the Dell Recovery Disc in the Optical Drive restart the computer and the system will now Boot off the Dell Recovery Disc though you may see a message on the screen to Press Any Key to Boot Off the CD.

Ideally you should list the model of the Dell so that we can give you an answer for your computer. If you want to ask a question about a piece of Software or Loading the OS you also need to tell us what you are using in the Form of a OS and if it is an Application what it is and what version number it is.

A Dell 2400 can be a Dimension, Power Edge, ATI Video Card, a LCD Monitor, Optiplex and several other things.

If this is a Dell Dimension 2400 you have a IDE drive and you need to use one of a similar size set to Master and then in BIOS on the First Page that Appears you have an Option to see the Drive. If it isn't there the Data Cable the wide flat one "the colored edge should be closest to the power plug" is in the wrong way or the Power Plug isn't in Properly. Actually both the leads may not be in correctly as they are a tight fit and you need to be Firm but not Rough in fitting them.

If you care to post back with your System Model and the HDD that you have to replace the one in this computer someone here will help you out with a solution.

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dimension 2400

by danny.williams In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

The HD original is 40GB and replacement is 160 GB.It does not see the HD, nor the cdrom drive.It does have the floppy drive. Running windows XP with service pack2.I have tried resetting the bios by removing the battery, no help. I will try to set the floppy drive as #1 boot and cdrom as #2 boot, and HD as #3 boot. Any other ideas appreciated. Thanks all!

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IDE 160GB

by danny.williams In reply to dell 2400 new hard drive ...

The HD original is 40GB IDE and replacement is 160 GB IDE.It does not see the HD, nor the cdrom drive.It does have the floppy drive. Running windows XP with service pack2.I have tried resetting the bios by removing the battery, no help. I will try to set the floppy drive as #1 boot and cdrom as #2 boot, and HD as #3 boot. Any other ideas appreciated. Thanks all!

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Check the Jumper

by Jacky Howe In reply to IDE 160GB

settings. Set the Hard drive as Master and the CD Drive as Slave. If that doesn't work set the Hard Drive as Cable Select.

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update bios.

by fatmann In reply to Check the Jumper

create a bios update floppy. some of the older PCs will not see a HD over 100gig until the bios is updated the the newest release. you can get this off the dell driver download for your PC.

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Well I don't think that this can be made to work easily

by OH Smeg In reply to IDE 160GB

If the original Drive was 40 GIG and you have bought a 160 GIG Drive the Hardware was never designed to work with something so big. It is like trying to fit a 747 Motor into a Honda Civic. Yes it can be done but there is a lot of ginning around involved and it certainly will not be Plug in and work.

You can try flashing the BIOS to the newest one available and this may increase the size that BIOS can see but it will not reach to the 160 GIG Limit on this M'Board. If you want to use this drive you need a PCI to IDE Adapter Card and fit this to the computer and connect the drive to it instead of the M'Board. Then when you install Windows you'll need to press the F6 Key when the very first blue screen appears and when prompted insert the IDE Adapter Driver copied to the root of a floppy into the A Drive and press enter. The Windows Installer will then load the IDE Adapter Driver and you will then see the HDD in the Windows Installer.

You can use a Software application like Seagate's Disc Wizard to trick the BIOS into using this drive but this isn't the easiest option and it may prove unreliable latter. Of course fitting a Drive that BIOS can actually see would be the easiest solution here.

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'Course if the IDE cable is plugged in backwards to the motherboard

by robo_dev In reply to Well I don't think that t ...

Then our hypothetical Pratt & Whitney JT9D equipped Honda Civic would be unlikely to achieve the rated 56,000 lbs of static thrust.

Similarly, if the power connectors are not properly seated and providing the appropriate voltage and current to the hard drive and CD-ROM, then the combination of an eleven foot long (132.7"), 8,885 pound airplane engine in a 2,000 pound automobile would be just as likely not to operate successfully.

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