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New 2nd hand Dell Oplex GX270 wont recognize my HD?

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#1 Johnz414


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Posted 11 July 2009 - 11:37 PM

Hi Anyone,

I just purchased a second hand Dell PC without the HD and memory. I installed a 256 DDR2 and a 40 GB HD. The memory seems to be excepted just fine but when I go to install a XP OS form a CD after uploading the OS it then says that there is no HD? What is this and how can I correct it?

The HD has an OS instillation on it. I'm taking it from my original second hand PC in which the power supply blew out. The HD works I used a different power supply to check it and it works just fine.

So, why would the Dell not recognize the HD? And how can I correct this? Thank you.


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 01:10 AM

Check the cable connections at the drive & the motherboard.
Both drives used the same type of cables, correct ?

If the problem persists make sure the drive is set to Masyer [check the little jumper on the back of the drive by the connectors.
Make sure the drive is plugged in to the very end of the cable.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 06:43 PM

the drive itself could also be bad I had that problem w/ a drive then it failed but also check the connections

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 07:59 PM

Replacing a hard drive with a OS installed is not exactly cut and dry:
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