I have an older Dell which i tried installing a second hard drive in. When I started the computer up it senses the hard drive but can't access it. I have used Windows trouble shooter but nothing helped, any suggestions? And I'm pretty sure its an IDE hard drive.
Did you buy the HDD from Dell? If not you probably will have to in order to get it to work. Every store bought computer I've ever seen has had their BIOS and HDD boot sector altered to only recognize components bought from the manufacturer, in this case Dell. That's one reason I build my own.
Come on, that's too pessimistic. I have added a WD disk to an HP computer from Best Buy last year and it worked just fine. I changed the PSU and added a tuner too. Those PCs can be upgraded, it's just not as easy as it should be.
haye123, follow the steps in huron's post first. If that doesn't solve it you may have an incompatibility between MB and the new HDD.
There's flat black plastic piece on the back just a little more than 1/8" across next to where the power supply plugs in. Looking at the top/bottom of the drive you'll see where they have a set of pins labeled 'Master', 'Slave' and 'CS' (cable select).
Move the jumper on this disk to 'slave' and try again....if it fails, make sure the other drive is set to 'master' and reboot...
Cable select works well, but if it tries to boot to the 'new to this system' drive you won't get where you want - so use the master (drive in the system now) slave (drive you're adding) settings.
How old is this dell?
I installed a standard hd into my old dell, it worked just fine. I would have no idea why someone would even think you MUST buy the hd from dell in order for it to work in a dell system! You must be on crack ram1009...
Manufacturers like Dell use specific drives! It is usually the motherboard ONLY that is custom built for that manufacturer.
I agree with the jumper settings, that is waht I had to do with my IDE drives. Once you have that, the hd needs to be formated by something like WD diagnostics...
Did you buy the HDD from Dell? If not you probably will have to in order to get it to work. Every store bought computer I've ever seen has had their BIOS and HDD boot sector altered to only recognize components bought from the manufacturer, in this case Dell.
I've never seen this issue. The only "restriction" I've ever seen is that the Windows install disk checks the BIOS. I've installed off the shelf memory,hard drives, optical drives, and video cards into 100+ OEM systems (desktops,laptops,servers) at work and never had a single issue. I've even replaced the primary drive with a OTS drive with no issue re-installing.
To be honest if you look across a single OEM mdoel you're likely to find tons of brand differences in the RAM, HDD and video card based on what was cheapest at the time, the replacements (if under warranty) usually don't match the original....
Well, since the drive is already formatted, you may be able to skip that step. You should just see your files there once the jumper is in the right place. I'm assuming here that you didn't use encryption or some UNIX-specific formatting, of course.
You could also buy a USB enclosure (the cheapest are around $10) and transfer the data that way. That's acceptable IMO if we're talking about a couple of GB. I wouldn't recommend it for 100GB or more because it would take days.