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Laptop doesn't find new hard drive......

I've got an older Dell Inspiron 2600.(Got from my brother in law). He took out the old HD and the caddy. I bought a new HD(PATA IDE ATA-6), caddy, and IDE connector. I put the new drive in the caddy, screwed in down, put on the IDE connector, and slid the whole assembly into the slot. Powered on the laptop, popped the XP disk into the CD drive. It start doing its thing. When it ask me to do either a new install or repair via recovery console, I chose new install. It then tells me there isn't a HD, make sure it is installed and powered on. What do I need to check? Is there another connector that goes on the HD that I don't have? Do I need to format the drive or something for it to work? I've never put a new HD in a laptop before, but I have in desktops. I didn't think there would be a difference. Somebody please lead me in the right trouble shooting direction....
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I've got an older Dell Inspiron 2600.(Got from my brother in law). He took out the old HD and the caddy. I bought a new HD(PATA IDE ATA-6), caddy, and IDE connector. I put the new drive in the caddy, screwed in down, put on the IDE connector, and slid the whole assembly into the slot. Powered on the laptop, popped the XP disk into the CD drive. It start doing its thing. When it ask me to do either a new install or repair via recovery console, I chose new install. It then tells me there isn't a HD, make sure it is installed and powered on. What do I need to check? Is there another connector that goes on the HD that I don't have? Do I need to format the drive or something for it to work? I've never put a new HD in a laptop before, but I have in desktops. I didn't think there would be a difference. Somebody please lead me in the right trouble shooting direction....
Have you had the BIOS identify the drive yet? That might be the issue. I have never messed with laptops but did the hd have a place to set it as primary or slave?
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Does it have a power cord? You plugged in the IDE wires, but any power wires?

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Search to make sure you have the jumpers set properly on the new drive. Jumpers control master/slave orentation.
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Search to make sure you have the jumpers set properly on the new drive. Jumpers control master/slave orentation.
x2, didn't think about the power cable either, kind of assumed. I still think he needs to go into the bios and let it find the drive.
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For BIOs to find the drive most drives have a set of jumpers you have to set. Also, post the product number, not the compatibility of the drive, it will be easier to help you identify where to find the jumper settings
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Just a second. I'll get the product number and I will also pull the unit out to look for the jumpers.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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It shows on the drive where to put the jumper. Which do I use? I usually use Cable select on desktops. Same on laptop?
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Sure, or master.
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Let me try CS an see if it works.
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Problem solved. Thanks guys. I would have never remembered about the jumpers if somebody hadn't said something.
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