On the start-up diagonstic the error code 2000-0146 came up. The computer is booting fine, though sometimes does not shuts down properly. Should I look into getting a new hard drive right now. Is it going bad? Is there anything else that could be wrong? Thanks.
I also received that error, but the hard drive was failing because the bios settings had somehow changed so it wasn't reading the drive properly. The bios setting had been changed from a SATA drive to an AHCI sata. I changed the settings, deleted all partitions and started from scratch. It's been running just fine ever since.
I have been unable to boot my laptop in window. Could you tell how can one check the BIOS setting and change it.
I found this thread searching 2000-0146 error code, i went into my bios and saw i too was set to ahci vs ata, i have a new wd hd due to dell diagnostics telling me the original hd was bad (same error code), and yet the brand new drive gives same error code in dell diagnostics!
So decided to search a bit, found this thread, and saw the talk about the settings of ahci to ata in bios.
Went in and changed mine to ata - saved/exited and am going to now delete the partition, reinstall vista and drivers and see if this works, will also re run the diagnostic tests too to see if it still gives me that same code again.
Interestingly i took the new drive out and hooked it upto my main pc, installed the western digital lifeguard diagnostics and ran it for 6 hrs extended test, drive shows as pass and healthy, so makes me wonder why dell diag is showing it as error 2000-0146, maybe it is that bios settting - sure hope so will report back once i get the reinstall and re testing done...
Man i hope this fixes it...