So... my nephew looked at this computer the other day ... and did not reconnect the cables to my hard drive!
I did your above directions and opened up the computer and connected a small
connector with a blue wire and a large one with a black, yellow, and orange wires.
I am not sure about the "go in to the BIOS" part. How do I get there to check on hard drive status?
When I restarted the computer after connecting the hard drive...
my screen I had -
DELL Inspiron on a black screen.
I selected one of the two possible choices - F2.
I am currently on the CMOS setup utility blue screen with white words.
One choice here is advanced BIOS features. It list CPU feature and USB device setting.
Is this where I should see hard drive?
Also - I tried to see if the CD to repair was recognized yet- it isn't, even though my hard drive is now reconnected. (or so I think it is!)