Go Back   Tech Support Forum > Hardware Support > Laptop Support

[SOLVED] Hard Drive Not Detected on Dell Inspiron 1525

This is a discussion on [SOLVED] Hard Drive Not Detected on Dell Inspiron 1525 within the Laptop Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. Operating system - Vista Home Premium I was playing music from my laptop the other night when someone dropped a


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-09-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 70
OS: XP, Vista


Angry

Operating system - Vista Home Premium

I was playing music from my laptop the other night when someone dropped a tv remote on to the touchpad area of the keyboard. This is quite close to where the hard drive is placed in the laptop.

The laptop immediately switched off and every time I've tried to turn it on since I've had the error 'internal hard disk not found' and the hard drive makes a strange continuous beeping noise. I ran the diagnostics and the Dell error number is 0141 no hard drive detected along with some built in bleeping error codes.

I've tried reseating the hard drive with no success. I wanted to remove the optical drive and try it but I still haven't found a screwdriver that fits the tiny screw. Not sure it would solve it anyway.

What does the problem sound like and what can anybody suggest?

There is a fair amount of data on there not backed up but nothing massively important - still would love to recover it though!

Please help and thanks

__________________
woodchopper88 is offline  
Old 11-09-2010, 11:58 PM   #2
GZ
Team Manager
- Hardware
- Microsoft Support
 
GZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 25,082
OS: Windows 8 Professional x64

My System

Send a message via AIM to GZ Send a message via Yahoo to GZ

hello woodchopper88

Your hard drive was likely damaged.
Do you have a desktop PC available?

If so, try installing the HDD in the deskop and see if the BIOS recognizes it. A laptop SATA drive uses the same connectors as a desktop SATA drive.

If the desktop doesn't recognize the drive then your HDD is definitely damaged.

If the desktop recognizes the drive, you can then back up your information and run HDD diagnostics on it.

-GZ

__________________
Please be advised. If your thread is answered and there is no reply within 30 days the thread will be closed. If you need continued assistance after that, please PM myself or another staff member to have the thread opened. Thank you.
GZ is offline  
Old 11-10-2010, 06:51 AM   #3
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 70
OS: XP, Vista



Quote:
Originally Posted by gavinzach View Post
hello woodchopper88

Your hard drive was likely damaged.
Do you have a desktop PC available?

If so, try installing the HDD in the deskop and see if the BIOS recognizes it. A laptop SATA drive uses the same connectors as a desktop SATA drive.

If the desktop doesn't recognize the drive then your HDD is definitely damaged.

If the desktop recognizes the drive, you can then back up your information and run HDD diagnostics on it.

-GZ
Can you give me a brief explanation of how I can connect my laptop's HDD to a desktop PC? Do I just swap the HDDs over and boot up the desktop?
__________________
woodchopper88 is offline  
Old 11-10-2010, 08:43 AM   #4
GZ
Team Manager
- Hardware
- Microsoft Support
 
GZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 25,082
OS: Windows 8 Professional x64

My System

Send a message via AIM to GZ Send a message via Yahoo to GZ

Yep. Pretty much. When you boot up you will enter the BIOS to see if the drive is recognized.

The desktop needs to support SATA.
All you have to do is plug a SATA power connector and attach a SATA data cable from the drive to the motherboard. There is no reason to mount. It is only going to be connected for test purposes.
__________________
Please be advised. If your thread is answered and there is no reply within 30 days the thread will be closed. If you need continued assistance after that, please PM myself or another staff member to have the thread opened. Thank you.
GZ is offline  
Old 11-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
k77
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2
OS: Multiple Laptops / OS



also, once you remove the hard drive from the laptop, you can power on the laptop and tap F2 to get into the bios.

but everything stated is pointing to damage done to the hard drive. when something impacts the basic area where you have a hard drive spinning/reading data, that usually leads to problems.
__________________
k77 is offline  
Old 11-11-2010, 08:17 AM   #6
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 70
OS: XP, Vista



The desktop computer that I have access to does not use SATA connectors so I'm unable to check the HDD.

If I just assume that it is broken (and it certainly seems that way) then how do I determine which HDD I need to replace my current one? Can I buy pretty much any 2.5" HDD?
__________________
woodchopper88 is offline  
Old 11-11-2010, 09:17 AM   #7
GZ
Team Manager
- Hardware
- Microsoft Support
 
GZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 25,082
OS: Windows 8 Professional x64

My System

Send a message via AIM to GZ Send a message via Yahoo to GZ

Any 2.5" SATA hard drive should work.
__________________
Please be advised. If your thread is answered and there is no reply within 30 days the thread will be closed. If you need continued assistance after that, please PM myself or another staff member to have the thread opened. Thank you.
GZ is offline  
Old 11-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #8
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 70
OS: XP, Vista



Thanks for your help.

I've ordered a replacement HDD. Hopefully it'll install ok but if I have any problems I'll be back.
__________________
woodchopper88 is offline  
Old 11-11-2010, 09:28 AM   #9
GZ
Team Manager
- Hardware
- Microsoft Support
 
GZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 25,082
OS: Windows 8 Professional x64

My System

Send a message via AIM to GZ Send a message via Yahoo to GZ

We will be here. Be sure to update us one way or another!
Good luck
__________________
Please be advised. If your thread is answered and there is no reply within 30 days the thread will be closed. If you need continued assistance after that, please PM myself or another staff member to have the thread opened. Thank you.
GZ is offline  
Old 11-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #10
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 70
OS: XP, Vista



New hard drive is up and running. Installation was no problem. Don't think I'm going to bother checking the possibility of rescuing the old hard drive or even determining if it's definitely dead.

Thanks very much for your help
__________________
woodchopper88 is offline  
Old 11-13-2010, 07:13 PM   #11
GZ
Team Manager
- Hardware
- Microsoft Support
 
GZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 25,082
OS: Windows 8 Professional x64

My System

Send a message via AIM to GZ Send a message via Yahoo to GZ

Good to hear! Glad you got it sorted.

__________________
Please be advised. If your thread is answered and there is no reply within 30 days the thread will be closed. If you need continued assistance after that, please PM myself or another staff member to have the thread opened. Thank you.
GZ is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Post a Question


» Site Navigation
 > FAQ
  > 10.0.0.2


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:04 AM.


Copyright 2001 - 2014, Tech Support Forum

Windows 7 - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Trojan Removal - Spyware Removal - Virus Removal - Networking - Security - Top Web Hosts