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system setup-shows unknown device for hard drive

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  1. Dewsa

    Dewsa Thread Starter

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    After 3 years for performing great my other Dell will now not boot as the "set-up" shows, "unknown device" for my hard drive. How do I try to fix that? Disconect ribbon cables and re-install them? I'm sorta at a loss. Any ideas?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Triple6

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    You can try reconnecting the IDe cables, or trying a different IDE cable. But the drive may have died on you too. Buts its easy to check, just install it into a another computer and see if tis deteted. Of course try the easiest things first, check the IDE cable.
     
  3. Dewsa

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    Oh. Forgot to mention that I have a second drive "D" that is not seen in the setup either. Static or psu probs?
     
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    Are they on the same IDe cable? if so make sure that they are jumpered correctly. One should be set as Master and the other as Slave or both shoudl be set as Cable Select with the primary drive at the end of the IDE cable.

    Or try the drives one at a time to see if one drive is malfunctioning.
     
  5. Dewsa

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    Solved.. It was a faulty power connector to hard drive.
    Thanks for your help though.
     
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