Dell Latitude CPi D266XT No Hard Drive Found

By technogeek-1995 ·
Dell Latitude CPi D266XT
This laptop was working fine, then, it decided to say Your Hard Drive isn't Found press F1, or Blah, Blah. It just had XP loaded on it 2 weeks.

Pentium 2
Windows XP (doesn't matter)

It goes into BIOS every time. Any suggestions?

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Well just use the HDD Makers Testing Utility

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Dell Latitude CPi D266XT ...

So boot from a Boot Disc and use the HDD Makers testing Utility to test the drive. If it fails remove the HDD fit it to another suitable computer that can use this drive and test again. If it still fails the test the HDD is dead and has gone to Silicon Heaven if it passes the second test the HDD is Perfect and the M'Board Controller, Power Lead or Data Lead are faulty and need replacing. It could also be the Power Supply at fault as well but as this is a NB it really tends to point to the M'Board being the culprit if the Drive tests OK in another computer.

You can use Seatools to test the Drive if it is a Seagate Drive








Hatachi Drive Fitness Tester


Or you can use the HDD Testing Utilities on the Ultimate Boot CD available here


To test the HDD.


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by technogeek-1995 In reply to Well just use the HDD Mak ...

It doesn't even go to windows. Anything I do would have to be BIOS.

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You can still boot from a boot disc though ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows

That doesn't involve your hard drive or your Windows - it's a self-contained operating system on the disc.

That way you'll be able to examine and test the hard drive.

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Is it being detected

by Jacky Howe In reply to Dell Latitude CPi D266XT ...

in the BIOS. If not try removing and reseating the Hard Drive.
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