Inspiron 1501 hard drive not being recognized

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Inspiron 1501 hard drive not being recognized

  • Six months ago, a beer was spilled on my laptop. I let it air out and it ran fine after about 2 days of not turning on. Last month, it started shutting off. I thought it was overheating. I replaced the heatsink and fan. It still did it.

     

    I researched and decided there might be residue on the motherboard. I took it out, wiped some corrosion spots with a microfiber cloth and 50-50 water/rubbing alcohol. It fixed the shutting off problem.

     

    Now, it won't recognize my hard drive. I bought a new one, same problem. I cannot figure out if I didn't put something back right when I put everything back together, or if my motherboard is MUBAR'd.

     

    What should I look into next? 

  • Hi

    To me it says motherboard because you say the new drive does the same thing .

    What i would try is to put the drivers in a USB case and see if they work OR

    you can try to put them in a desktop that has a SATA port to see if they work

    you would attach them just like you would a big drive i.e. a data and power cable .

    If the drives work you can bet the motherboard is dead and will need replacing !!

    Edit 

    Did you try to run the diagnostics at boot using F 12 to see if it would find the problem{s} ?

    Good Luck 

    Message Edited by C3PO5 on 05-22-2008 04:38 PM

     

    Jerry\c3po5

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  • I ran the diagnostics. The only problem it found was it can't find a hard drive.

     

    Which makes me think an external is a viable option, at least short term.   

     

  • Hi

    You can not boot to XP or Vista from a USB drive Microsoft has made XP and Vista

    where it will not boot that way ,

    if it would boot you could use it on other computers and not have a XP OR Vista license

    for that computer so that's the deal with booting a USB drive with XP\Vista installed on it .

    You can do a search for booting a USB drive with XP\Vista you will see what i am saying .

    Good Luck

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • Thanks for the headsup.
  • Hmmm have you checked the connections from the hard drive to the motherboard and cleaned them, may need a fine paint brush to remove any dust.

    Philip Yip

     

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