I have a dell 8300, 4 years old. it has a 80gb ide HDD
a couple of years back i got a 2nd hard drive installed. after a year, the computer just crashed. We got a computer guy in, and he replaced that hard drive. this hard drive also worked for a year, and then i think it crashed again. When the 2nd hard drive crashes i can't start up windows, and bios can't read the first HDD. I can't reformat the HDD with a windows disc, or with dan's bust and nuke. I just want to reformat the drive. can anyone tell me why bios won't recognize the HDD?
can anyone tell me why bios won't recognize the HDD?
Bios can't see the hdd can be caused by several aspects such as, HDD is dead, no more power, burned chip, connector cables are defected and maybe there are another aspects that i don't know.
If the HDD is dead or the chip is burned, well, you don't have any choices than buy a new one. Try to check the power cable and IDE cable, are they correctly connected ? does the cables in good conditions ?
What kind of HDD is it ? did you buy a new one in that time ?
This computer guy, how he mounted the HDD ? Was it close to another HDD ?
Check your warranty. Maybe you still have time to RMA it or get a little discussion with this computer guy.
well, The Harddrive is a toshiba 80gb HD, and the other one was a 120gb seagate. I checked the Power cable and the IDE cable, and they were fine. no-one would have touched them anyway. the 80gb HDD is the stock one that came with the computer. Both the Harddrives were mounted in the 2 slots my dell has, in master-slave config. the problem occured when one of the HDD's failed, and the computer would no longer regonize the other HDD. Unfortuantly i have movee countries, and thiss compter technician is in NZ.
well, i actually have 2 other computers, but i can't put the HDD's in them. They are both Macs No-one should have messed with bios. However I managed to get Dan's Nuke and Bust to reformat the toshiba HDD. It's working on it now, so hopefully i can reinstal windows after it's finished. btw, can i just install windows with my reinstallation disc? or do i have to but another copy of windows?
You can too use them in Macs, assuming the Mac in question has IDE. All you'd need to do is when you format it, it will probably be HFS+. At least if you can format the drive in a Mac, it means the problem is somewhere other than the hard drive you tested.
Does your motherboard have SATA? If it does, I'd suggest buying a SATA drive, assuming you want to buy yet another hard drive.
IMO, if you have the Windows disc, you can be legally use it for your own purposes as long as you don't make copies and sell it, you bought it and you have your serial and activation key. So, yes you can reinstall it.
I never get through on those legal or illegal laws, kind of confusing. I work for life, i bought what i need and i use what i already bought. Bill Gates has lots of money, reducing the price of Windows would be a good idea...
well, after running Dan's nuke and boot, Bios will still not read the HDD. But 80gb HDD's are cheap, i'll see if i can get one and install windows on it. (unless anyone else has some smart ideas)
I know it's 4 years old, but It's still faster than some of the computers dell stlll sells now
If you're going to buy a new hard drive, and your motherboard supports it, then by all means buy a SATA drive.
Now, speed-wise, SATA drives are generally faster. But, it's not because the drive is SATA vs. IDE. The SATA bus has a higher theoretical bandwidth, but no drive available now can saturate the bus.
On the other hand, since no one is making IDE hard drives anymore, all the faster drives now are on a SATA bus. And there is very little difference in price, especially since 80GB drives are very cheap now.