Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:43 AM
I am installing a known good western Digital 40GB HD in a Dell 4600 and also have a small slave drive as well. When I boot up, it doesn't find a hard drive. I went to bios and made sure the hd was set a auto and it just says "unknown". I used a usb adapter on my other desktop(HP) and it showed the hd as an unknown drive and it told me to initialize. When I selected that, it said "device not ready"
I even tried another hd I had with same results.
It may be that my other desktop is a Vista 64 bit and the Dell is a XP x86????
I don't care about saving anything on the hd, I just want to re-format it with the xp.