Windows Vista installation can't find hard drive on Inspiron E1505

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Windows Vista installation can't find hard drive on Inspiron E1505

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The hard drive in this Inspiron E1505 recently went kaput, and I've installed a new drive into it.  The drive is recognized in BIOS with no problem, however when I boot from the Windows Vista setup disk and attempt to do an install, it says that no drives are found and suggests I click "Load Driver" to provide a driver for installation.  I've tried doing this, using the Intel Mobile Chipset drivers that I've downloaded and extracted onto a USB drive, but that doesn't fix the problem. 

I've tried all of the drivers in that are listed when "Hide drivers that are not compatible with hardware on this computer" is selected... dmi_pci.inf, ich7core.ing, ich7usb.inf, ich7ide.inf, 945GM.inf, and ich7id2.inf.  The result is the same for each one.  It goes back to the 'Where do you want to install Windows?' screen and tells me that no drives were found.

I've tried updating to the latest system BIOS as well to no avail.

Thanks for any help.

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  • So far as I know, the E1505 does not have a SATA mode.  It is permanently in IDE compatible.  Was this machine delivered with Vista?  If you have a Dell Windows XP installation CD you might try that as a quick check to make sure the computer is communicating with the hard drive.  If you don't have that, it's time to use diagnostics to see if the drive is working properly.  The easiest way to do that is boot the Dell Resource CD if you have it.  If not, the downloads page has a file that can be used to build a diagnostics CD.

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  • Windows Vista should sort it automatically, but it might be worth checking in the BIOS to see what mode the hard drive is set to - i.e. SATA or AHCI?

    Whichever one it's set to, try the other?

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  • Thanks for the reply.  Unfortunately, I cannot find this particular setting anywhere in the BIOS.  I know I've had to change this on other computers in the past (on my Latitude E6500 it's under System Configuration-> SATA Operation), but darned if I can the equivalent setting on the Inspiron E1505 it on this one.  Could it possibly be a "hidden" option somewhere?

    Here are the items I see in the BIOS on the E1505:

    System

    System Info

    Processor Info

    Memory Info

    Device Info

    Battery Info

    Battery Health

    Date/Time

    Boot Sequence

    Onboard Devices

    Integrated NIC

    Media Card and 1394

    Video

    Brightness

    Brightness (AC)

    LCD Panel Expansion

    Security

    Admin Password

    System Password

    Internal HDD PW

    Password Change

    Password Bypass

    Wireless Hotkey Change

    CPU XD Support

    Computrace(R)

    Performance

    Multi Core Support

    HDD Acoustic Mode

    SpeedStep Enable

    Power Management

    Auto On Mode

    Auto On Time

    USB Wake Support

    Serial ATA DIPM

    Maintenance

    Load Defaults

    Service Tag

    POST Behavior

    Adapter Warnings

    Fn Key Emulation

    Fast Boot

    Virtualization

    Keypad (Embedded)

    Numlock LED

    USB Emulation

    Wireless

    Internal Bluetooth

    Internal Wi-Fi

    Wireless Hotkey

  • Hi, In my system it is under 'Integrated Peripherals', then at the bottom of the list, it says, 'Sata Mode', then next to that it will say what mode your drive's are set at. In my case my drive's are set at 'IDE'. To change it, scroll down to it, high light it, then press enter.  

          

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  • If there was an Integrated Peripherals option, I would try that!  Smile

  • Anyone have any advice on this one?  Being unable to install an operating system has really limited the usefulness of this computer...

    How the heck can I change the SATA mode if I'm not given the option in the BIOS?

  • So far as I know, the E1505 does not have a SATA mode.  It is permanently in IDE compatible.  Was this machine delivered with Vista?  If you have a Dell Windows XP installation CD you might try that as a quick check to make sure the computer is communicating with the hard drive.  If you don't have that, it's time to use diagnostics to see if the drive is working properly.  The easiest way to do that is boot the Dell Resource CD if you have it.  If not, the downloads page has a file that can be used to build a diagnostics CD.

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  • Try removing the hard drive and reseating it.

    Sam

    Alienware M11x R2 - Inspiron 17R (7010) - Inspiron E1505

       

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  • Excellent suggestion about trying to boot from a Windows XP installation disc.  I tried this, and the Windows XP setup did see the hard drive with an NTFS partition already on it.  I deleted the partition, rebooted with the Vista installation disc, and finally Vista could see the drive! 

    I guess that somehow there was a corrupt partition on the drive which was causing it to be invisible to Vista.  And for some reason, only Windows XP could see it and remove it.  Go figure. 

    Glad to be up and running again!  Thanks! Smile

  • Happy I could help.  Best of luck to you!

     

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