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.
Inspiron 15R Laptop
Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
500GB 5400rpm HDD
15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
Intel HD Graphics
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
Integrated 10/100 Network Card
8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
Dell Wireless 1501
Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
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!!!