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Inspiron 1525 not recognizing new hard drive


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#1 TheAnt317

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:46 PM

Hello all.

 

I recently purchased a new hard drive for my Dell Inspiron 1525. The old one broke because the laptop was dropped to the ground. The new hard drive is a WD Blue 320 GB hard drive. Upon installing the new drive, I was met with a message right after the BIOS stating there was no hard drive detected and that I should attempt to reseat the drive. I did so three times, but it still cannot find the hard drive. I double-checked to make sure the connections in the laptop weren't damaged somehow by re-installing the old hard drive. The old drive "worked", in that it was able to boot so clearly the problem is with the new drive. I'm perfectly able to boot the computer from other sources.

 

The seller I bought it from left the possbility of a return open, but I wanted to at least exhaust all options I had in trying to get this new drive recognized somehow. The drive itself was purchased from this Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QWTTGC/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. As you can see, it does list the 1525 as compatible with it.

 

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.


Edited by TheAnt317, 23 April 2014 - 04:51 PM.


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

Try tapping F12 at boot. You should get an option to boot from the DVD/CD drive.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

Try tapping F12 at boot. You should get an option to boot from the DVD/CD drive.

Yes I did do that with a Windows 7 installation disc. The problem is the hard drive is not being detected, so Windows has nowhere to install to. Perhaps I should've clarified in the original post.


Edited by TheAnt317, 23 April 2014 - 04:50 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

Can you post the service tag that would be on the bottom of the computer?



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

The service tag lists the computer as having XP. Is this the OS you are trying to install? The XP install disk does not have native SATA drivers so those have to be slipstreamed into XP using nlite or done using the F6 key and a floppy disk. Only some USB floppy drives are detected by XP.

 

Edit: Okay, I am asleep at the switch. You are installing Windows 7.

 

I am going to have to find the SATA drivers for Windows 7. This is 64bit correct?


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:32 PM

a new hard drive takes two connections. one for power, , then the communication SATA connector that is also connected to the motherboard.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:37 PM

The service tag lists the computer as having XP. Is this the OS you are trying to install? The XP install disk does not have native SATA drivers so those have to be slipstreamed into XP using nlite or done using the F6 key and a floppy disk. Only some USB floppy drives are detected by XP.

 

Edit: Okay, I am asleep at the switch. You are installing Windows 7.

 

I am going to have to find the SATA drivers for Windows 7. This is 64bit correct?

I believe it's x64. It's been a while so I don't really remember.

 

a new hard drive takes two connections. one for power, , then the communication SATA connector that is also connected to the motherboard.

What does that have to do with my issue though?



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:41 PM

if it is connected properly, win7 would pick it right up and ask for the OEM disk


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:41 PM

Thanks synergy513 but the OP has a laptop. I think the drive is just a drop-in. Both power and data. (And reseated three times)

 

Go to this page and download either f6flpy3289.zip (32bit) or f6flpy6489.zip (64bit)

 

Unzip the files to the root of a USB flash drive and when asked to load drivers, point it to the USB flash drive.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/68505-sata-driver-load-windows-7-vista-setup.html

 

To determine if the DVD is 32bit or 64bit look at the autorun.inf file

 

The 64 bit version shows:

 

[AutoRun.Amd64]
open=setup.exe
icon=setup.exe,0

[AutoRun]
open=sources\sperr32.exe x64
icon=sources\sperr32.exe,0

The 32 bit version shows:[Autorun]
open=setup.exe
icon=setup.exe,0


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:43 PM

oh, ok...laptops are another story, although i see internal 3.5" hard drives hooked up to them externally all the time


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:46 PM

Hi,

Does the BIOS detect the Hard Drive showing the size and model?

If you can test the Hard Drive connected to another computer or using a USB adapter like this

 

Edit: Is your old Hard Drive size 120GB?


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:53 PM

Sleepydude has a very good point. I misunderstood your first post and thought you were able to boot the Windows install disk and got to the Window showing no hard drive was detected.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:02 PM

Hi,

Does the BIOS detect the Hard Drive showing the size and model?

If you can test the Hard Drive connected to another computer or using a USB adapter like this

 

Edit: Is your old Hard Drive size 120GB?

Yes, it was 120GB. And no, the BIOS detects no hard drive, as I said in my original post. I ran the BIOS's onboard diagnostics which popped up a message "Hard Drive - no drive detected. Error code 2000-0141."

 

Edit: A Google search turned up a BIOS update for a user who had an identical problem. Will attempt to apply the BIOS update and see if that fixes it.


Edited by TheAnt317, 23 April 2014 - 06:04 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:26 PM

And nevermind, turns out that was the version I already had installed.






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