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Dell Latitude d600 Will Not Recognize ANY HD Pls Help!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CalliGirlie818, Mar 19, 2009.

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  1. CalliGirlie818

    CalliGirlie818 Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2009
    Hi ALL, I am in dire need of some help so I can hopefully fix this laptop before I leave abroad Monday.

    I bought this laptop about a year ago, and a few months ago a cd walkman (of ALL things) fell onto the keyboard and smacked it really hard. It pretty much broke the toshiba hard drive inside, (i know next to nothing about hard drives) but I KNEW it broke because of the constant clicking/squeaking and beeps.. thus resulting in me buying a new hard drive from Ebay, from an ad stating it was a hard drive compatible for the d600. So I went ahead and took out the caddy, carefully slid out the old hard drive and slid the new one in. Screwed it shut, made sure everything was in place and of course I boot up, the primary hard drive is showing a big 0 and cannot boot. I boot to windows xp disc, and it will not download onto the hard drive because it is showing up as missing, and showing up as NONE in bios where it says PRIMARY HARD DRIVE. :(I really did not know what to do. I went into bios and reset the bios, nothing. I opened up the case as somebody mentioned to me to take the battery off of the mother board and put it back on again to erase prior CMOS(?) and I could not even find where the battery plugs onto the mother board to take it off (just two wires, god knows where they connect). I was also told to check the jumpers. I found NO jumpers. I saw where the hard drive plugs to the mother board on that lil caddy but did not find any jumper cables. I also did the Diagnostic test, and the hard drive showed Fail, as it is not detected. So I took out the new drive, put the old back in...

    It now wont even detect the old one! I am at my wits end and there is no way I can afford to take it to the shop by Monday. Is there any hope? I have the screwdriver here and I'm pretty good with computers step by step, I know this hard drive should be ok as it is brand new.

    New Hard Drive - Fujuitsu IDE 40 gb
    Old Hard Drive - Toshiba IDE 30 gb

    Intel Pentium M Centrino 1.4 Ghz
    512 MB 266 Mhz
    40 GB
    14.1" Ultrasharp SXGA+ display with Truelife
    ATI Radeon 9000
    Sigmatel 975
    Built-in Wireless Internet
    Integrated 10/100 Network card and Modem
    Lithium Ion battery
  2. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    You can't assume a drive is good just because it's new.
    OTH, the fact you can't detect even the old drive suggests you've connected something incorrectly, or there was additional damage from the Walkman crash.
    I suggest you start over and double-check all the connectors.
  3. bonesy24


    Aug 28, 2007
    I had a similar incident last year. After purchasing and returning 3 drives because they said they were compatible but weren't, I found that my old drive had an "adaptor" (I'm not sure what it's actually called.) on it and the new one did not. Check your connections, on mine, the one had like a board and the other was pins. All I had to do was slide the "adaptor" off my old hard drive and slide it onto the new one.
  4. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    He couldn't have gotten the drive in without the adapter.
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