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HD initialize- Device not ready

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#1 geno368


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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.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:35 PM

If you aren't concerned about the content, remove the existing hdd and install the one you are posting about. Use a program like Darik's Boot and Nuke to overwrite the hdd and then use the installation disk to format it.

You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order.

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