I know this has been discussed a lot but I haven't found a solution.
My laptop is a Dell Latitude D600, BIOS Version: A16
My HDD died last week, it was making weird noises so I did some backups.
Sure enough one morning I turned it on and it said "...hard disk drive 0 not found..."
So I thought right let's buy a new one, no big deal. This happens.
But to my horror, the brand-spanking-new HDD did the exact same thing to me!
Fresh from the anti-static package, straight into the cradle, with tender love.
"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"
Also, BIOS reads my "Primary Hard Drive:" as "None"
- reseating (re-fixing to cradle, screw re-tightening, etc.)
- resetting BIOS (pressing ALT-F)
- isolation "Internal HDD" in the "Boot Order" (BIOS)
- booting WinXP CD to format (also tells me it can't detect a HDD)
- toyed and tweaked every BIOS setting possible
- ran diagnostics (yep, tells me it can't find a HDD)
- check temperature (not an issue at all)
I bought my D600 second-hand without any boot disks or manuals, and the private warranty is already up.
I'm going to try taking out the battery for a day to see if that will "flash BIOS" but I'm not sure that will help as (to my knowledge) the motherboard settings are kept stored with help from a small battery attached the actual motherboard which would be inside the casing, so I think that's a misunderstanding in another forum post, but I will try it out of desperation anyway. Next step would be to open up the casing and checking the IDE and removing the motherboard battery for 5-10 minutes.
After that, my only option will be to send it off to some local PC repair business. Ick.
Any help will be EXTREMELY appreciated! Thank you.
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Did you remove the blade adapter from the back of the original drive, and place it over the pins on the new drive?
Wow, crikey! I can't believe how stupid I am!
I threw the adapter out along with my busted HDD, phew! Luckily I realised this as it was only days away from going off to the PC recyclers. Chucked it on and now everything works wonderfully. I read about this in other posts but for some reason didn't even thought it applied to mine, just because I didn't notice it before.
Thanks a million!
Great advice! I spent days with the same problem. That was it, I had thrown away the blade adapter with the old drive. Luckily the trash had not been picked up. Thank you for the help!!!