Can anyone help me with a few questions.
Dell Inspiron 6400 , 100gb hard drive, 1 gb ram (2x512mb) Warranty expired. Windows XP
After a rapid increase in BSOD's My Dell Inspiron 6400 finally seems to have died. After the Dell screen it blanks out to a [XLDR] !ATA message. From what I can find this looks like the Hard drive has died. When irun the bios check it shows that I have a hard drive but shows that it is 2199GB capacity but is really only 100GB. When I run the preboot diagnoistics the hard drive short test comes up "not applicable" for some reason. As the drive slowly started to die I was able to run the test and get a "drive not detected" error but it would then eventually reboot, not anymore. I've tried booting up from a disk dell sent me but it gives me a no hard drive message at the end. So unless anyone can think of anything else i think it mught be poked.
To my next question I am going to buy a new hard drive. I can't really find much information on how big my laptop can take and I was hopeing to get a 2.5" 320gb sata ddr2 pc5400 which from what I can tell will fit my laptop. Is there a problem with going too big ? I had the OS preinstalled on my laptop so i assume that I willhave to try to get that again or will dell have to give me a copy.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions