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Dell Inspiron 7577 SATA hard drive adapter.

Q: Dell Inspiron 7577 SATA hard drive adapter.

I have an empty 2.5" HDD bay and I'm looking to install my SSD. Since the computer does not come with an adapter, what adapter should I get?

Would this work:
Or do I need this:


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My 7577 came with a SSD only and I am trying to add a 1TB hard drive in the empty bay.  I have a WD black 1TB that is 9.5mm in height.  When I try to close the back, it is slightly too tight.  There are two pieces of cushioning tape on the back side of the back cover over the hard drive that I could remove to give me more room.  My first thought was to call Dell Technical support and ask them what the maximum drive bay height for hard drives were.  The first technician kept giving me the computer dimensions.  When I told him that he hung up on me.  I called back and the next technician told me that adding a hard drive would void my warranty and he could not help me with that.  I asked to speak with his supervisor.  After waiting 15 minutes, the supervisor came on.  I explained to him what I wanted.  He put me on hold for 15 more minutes and then told me that information was not available to technical support and to call sales!  I can't remember when I have worse customer support.  Imagine a computer company that cannot give me drive height requirements!  
Does anyone know what the maximum drive height is?  Has anyone installed a 9.5mm hard drive in a 7577?  


A:Inspiron 7577 Hard Drive

These systems won't take anything more than a 7 mm drive.

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Hello, I'm basically having the exact same problem as referenced in this thread : http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/20021480 
I received the laptop yesterday. It came with the 256gb Toshiba NVME SSD and an empty SATA slot. After updating windows and installing the latest drivers from the dell driver support page (included the latest bios, version 1.1.3) I turned off the machine and installed a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD in the spare SATA slot. As in the referenced post when I turned the laptop back on the hard drive was not seen by the BIOS, Intel RST, or Disk Management within Windows. The BIOS is set at it's defaults which are UEFI and RAID I believe. I went through the Dell Diagnostic and no issues were found, the laptop performs perfectly except for this issue.
I'm happy to go through troubleshooting but in the linked post user ttmcmurry has really went all out documenting the issue so I'm not sure what I can add on that would be helpful.

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I'm pretty confused, there is "Dell Power Manager Service" for  Inspiron 7577: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=DY59W
But there is not "Dell Power Manager Service" for Inspiron 7567.

Is here real hardware difference what limits the using of "Dell Power Manager Service" for Inspiron 7567 or it's *** Apple-style marketing move?

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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I recently purchased a DELL inspiron 7577 laptop. However, when I plug in a 2.5" crucial MX100 512GB ssd,  this ssd can be seen from BIOS, but cannot be detected in windows 10 installer, or USB-booted winpe.  More weird, 2.5" HDD(HSGT 500GB 7200rpm HDD) can be detected by both BIOS and win10 installer.  P.S. I have updated the BIOS to 1.2.0.  Can someone from DELL help me? Thanks!

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I bought Dell Inspiron 15 7000-7577 and I would like to upgrade RAM. Is it possible?

Intel Core i7 7700HQ Kaby Lake15.6" LED IPS 3840x2160RAM 16GB DDR4NVIDIA GeForce GTX Ti 1060 6GBSSD 512GB + HDD 1TB 5400
Are there 2 slots for RAM or only one?
Beacuse i want to upgrade my RAM to 32g/


A:Dell Inspiron 15 7000-7577 - 2 slots for RAM or only one

There are two slots - 32G max total.

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For my recently purchased Dell Inspiron 7577, I found another issue with HDMI output. The problem is that, when I connected to my external monitor (ASUS PB278) via HDMI cable, there is NO signal during the boot process of computer, which means that I cannot enter bios, select boot devices, etc. using external monitor, since I CANNOT see it.  However, the signal indeed output starting from the login screen of WINDOWS 10. Has anyone encountered the similar problem? Can someone in DELL help me? Thanks! 

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Hello guys!We are trying to install a Crucial m500 960Gb SSD into the hard drive bay adapter for the w540.While the drive fits, once it's connected is not snug and kind of "rattles" inside the bay adapter.It turns out that you need one of this little adapter/spacers that are present in the actual main SSD that came with the machine.We've searched everywhere for the part number or even it's name, with no luck.
Here's the picture of the part:
Link to image
How can we get one?
Shouldn't this part be included in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV?
Thanks so much for your help!Nicolas E.
Moderator note: images totalling more than 50k converted to links per forum rules:  Lenovo Community Participation Rules

A:SSD "adapter/spacer" missing in ThinkPad 9.5mm SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV for W540

No one has ever wanted to install a Crucial m500 SSD in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter?

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I just ordered a Dell Inspirion 15 7577 on the black friday sale (11/24/17) and, before anything, I'd like to say that Dell did a fantastic job on this model. Great thermal management, stunning graphics and highly solid and durable chassis. I am in love with this laptop.
But unfortunately, my screen did come with some backlight bleeding from the start and some clouding. It is not noticeable when gaming, except when I go into a dark area. But it is there and I cannot seem to ignore it.
I have ran the color tests (power button + D) and they are not noticeable then, but are very noticeable on a black screen.
What are my options and next steps?
Many thanks.

P.S. I am attaching a photo of my screen. The bleed is in the upper-mid section of the screen. And the clouding is most apparent on the upper-left and upper-right corners.

A:Dell Inspiron 15 7577 IPS Screen bleed and cloud.

You're probably best off asking for a replacement system.  The other option is to have the screen replaced.

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So those of you who picked up a 7577 recently may have noticed that although its an awesome laptop,
holy moly, the audio drivers are a mess
So, here's how to make them a bit less of a mess

So if you do not use an external mic with your laptop, and get the audio freezing issue, I've found that uninstalling the realtek audio drivers that come with the laptop and installing the ones directly from realteks website solve this issue.
While this solves the problem, it makes it impossible to change how windows treats the mic/headphone combo jack, disabling the ability to use an external mic.
If you do use an external mic, then try installing Peter's Equalizer APO and then installing the Peace Extention for it. This takes control of the audio and removes both the freezing issue, and the odd impermissible echo that doesn't go away even when you disable all the "features" in Waves MaxxAudio Pro.
(Please dell make a way to completely disable all the effects from MaxxAudio Pro or remove it altogether and just use realteks drivers)

If anyone is reading this debating to buy the laptop or not, its still an awesome laptop, its just newer and still needs some software tweaks from Dell. Dont let this discourage you :)

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The description for this computer states that the USB-C thunderbolt port is a ?on cord solution? for data transfer, video transfer, and power. Imagine my surprise when I docked it and got an error message that the port doesn?t accept power and to plug in my power adapter. I am hoping this is a temporary issue that will be fixed with a bios update and not an issue of false advertising and poor utilization of a fantastic technology. Can someone from Dell advise if this will be fixed in a future bios update or if it?s infact a hardware design flaw?

A:Power through USB-c on Dell Inspiron 15 7577 gaming laptop

Hopefully a Dell rep can confirm, but sadly, I think this is going to turn out to be incorrect marketing material and not a hardware bug that will be correctable with a BIOS update. There's no way something like that would still exist as a bug, but if the port isn't wired to allow charging the system, no BIOS update will fix that.Looking at the product page for this system (screenshot immediately below), the text block above the system images mentions "Power Delivery", which typically does mean the ability to charge the system over USB-C (since systems typically don't provide large amounts of power to attached devices via USB Power Delivery), but the description of the USB-C port below the system image doesn't mention accepting power.  Compare that to the image of the XPS 15 (farther below), where Power In is explicitly stated.  This is also found on other systems that can charge over USB-C.

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Shopping for a 2.5 HDD.  What's the maximum thickness size in millimeters?
I have a 2.5 Western Digital HDD that won't allow the laptop to close all the way.

A:Dell Inspiron 15 7577 HDD Bracket - Spec Needed

Most newer system max out at 7 mm.  

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Hi. My service tag directs me to 7559. I think I installed one or two drivers of this model. Should I have installed 7577 drivers instead? Also, I'm not sure whether I have to install all the listed drivers.
And I'm having performance issues. Yesterday I was getting 60 fps in battlefield 1 and now I'm getting barely 30. Something happens when I close and reopen the lid of the laptop and this causes performance issues. Also, the temperatures don't go up when I'm getting low fps.
Not sure what this is about. Is it driver related?

A:Dell inspiron 15 7577 inconsistent performance, and service tag problem

Yes, you will need to install the correct Drivers for your computer. If you installed any drivers you can uninstall them, reboot and install the correct drivers from the link below.
Inspiron 7577 Drivers, Downloads and Manuals

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just bought the new Dell Inspiron 15 7577 gaming laptop on Monday. Beautiful, the gaming is more than ok (actually yesterday Rise Of The Tomb Rider crashed on Geforce Experience but uhm i Think that's GFE) but on windows animations are laggy,the scrolling is not smooth, hd youtube not responding immediately and somethimes, when the "do you want to allow this app" blablabla comes, cursor lag terribly. 16 GB Ram, 500gb ssd, 1TB hdd, i7-7700hq win10It is a 1699 laptop.Any ideas? Should I ask for a replace? Help me. 

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Only got my new Dell Inspiron this week.

Looked forward to playing among other games Battlefield 1. Unfortunately it does a driver check and the latest drivers on the Dell website are too old to run the game. Tried updating via the Geforce experience and by downloading manual drivers, but even though it identifies the card and current version in the experience when it tries and installs it says no compatible hardware found.
I love the laptop otherwise, but when you spend that much you expect to play the latest games.
There looks to be some complex fixes but would rather hope there is a simpler solution. 

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i have a Dell 280 with a IDE Hard drive. I want to change to a Sata drive using one of these adapters. Dell has one for $17.99. Do these things actual work without reducing H/D speed and has any one used/ tried one?

A:Male ide hard drive to sata adapter

Add your link to the adapter, please.

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I have been trying to recover files from a corrupted hard drive. No OS will boot on it, scandisk freezes on trying to correct index errors, HDD Regenerator shows no bad sectors.

The only option left that I can see is using an adapter and trying to pull the files off through a pc, but this hard drive, Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS, has a interface that I am not farmiliar with.

I do have an IDE converter for laptops but it interfaces with pins, and I cant find a converter that fits with this one, probably because its SATA NCQ. Is there another name for this kind of adapter that i can't find?

Here are some pictures of the interface, hope somone can give me some info on it.


A:SATA/NCQ Laptop Hard drive adapter

You could buy an external USB Sata enclosure for the notebook drive, and access it that way. This Seagate drive should be replaced under warranty (5 year)

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I just brought this product to get access to one of my hard drives and I am simply unable to get it working on my windows 7. the directions are useless, theres nothing about windows 7, only xp and vista. I seriosly hope theres a answer to getting this functioning for me. thanks for your help

A:sabrentz usb 2.0 sata/ide hard drive adapter

Hi frusterateDUDE, welcome to the forum
Have a look here; SABRENT USA / Computer peripherals and accessories / Product support page and see if they have newer drivers

I guess it is a cable device? more details would help

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.

A:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.



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some people change ide to ahci in the bios then it worked.

some people put drive on master, hey then it worked
Second PATA hard drive not detected in the BIOS? - Yahoo Answers

some people put drive on cs, hey then it worked
SATA to IDE Adapter, Drive Not Detected in BIOS - Hard Drives - Storage

What do I do to make it work for me?
The yellow led lights up
the sata cable plugged into sata port and tried multiple ports.
Under sata configuration I tried AHCI which caused windows to BSOD
I switched that back to IDE

This Asus p5qc has a PATA DVD drive lugged into MB IDE port
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.

A:sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.

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Hello all,
I am trying to access my wife's macbook hard drive via my Windows computer using the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter. The Apple techs said they could not get the drive to register when they hooked it up. However, we gave it a good drying with blow dryer.

The adapter works fine and all the correct drivers installed.

I am in disk management and the 250GB drive seems to be showing up. However, it is not showing up in My Computer and right click shows "assign a letter" is grayed out.

Please check out the photo:

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A:SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

You are going to need a utility like MacDrive
to read the files. About all you can do directly from the windows management in this instance is format the drive. (which would result in the complete loss of data on the drive)

Also if any of the apparent moisture involved got inside the housing it's very possible the data is damaged beyond recovery. Since hard drives save data to the disk by creating what is essentially rust (iron oxide) manipulated magnetically on the surface.

There is likely a free utility out there that does the job. I just don't deal with mac's very often personally so it's not something I would be aware of, you might try google.

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Interaction (interface?) between a Sabrent USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter Product Code: USB-DSC5 and my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am having an issue with the following situation:
When connected to IDE Drives Maxtor and Western Digital, and through the usage of Windows 7 it tellls me that the Hard Drive "is not ready". Is that a message originated by the Windows 7 software?
If so how do I go about "getting the disk ready" so i could change disk type or number or sizes of each partition and/or reformat?
I would appreciate your support to help me solve this unexpected report from the Windows 7 interaction with this adapter and the Hard Drives it holds, 40 GB and 80 GB IDE drives Maxtor and Western Digital. I am trying to use Windows (or some other third party software) to resize the partitions, change the disk type and eventually reformat.

Thank you kindlly

A:Clash between Sabrent 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter with Windows

Check the power & DATA cables.
When using IDE HD Drives, make there are set to master.

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I got a dell dimension 4600 with no hard drive but I have a seagate 160 GB sata hard drive. It had a 60 GB ATA/IDE hard drive in it,will the sata hard drive work in the dell 4600? I read somewhere it should have "two SATA connectors on it" but I dont see it ? It has a INTEL 865G Motherboard. Thanks !

A:Dell 4600 with sata hard drive ?

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I managed to get hold of part 01HY319 for my trusty T460 and all works fine. It looks like this and converts from an NVME M.2 drive (M-key) to SATA Express connection on the motherboard.  SATA Express is only x2 PCI lines (rather than the 4 you get with "full" NVME support) so I was interested in performance. Performance before with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD SATA drive was like this  Performance afterwards with the 01HY319 part and a 1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME drive was like this  Hope this helps anyone considering the upgrade.

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i restarted my computer earlier today after getting a bluescreen error(not sure what it was) and now, my computer can't find a boot device, it has been wroking perfectly since changing the power supply and cpu fan in it. before that it would shut down and restart repeatedly. thought the fan was going out, so replaced the fan, no help, changed the PSU and have had no problems till today. anyway to check the hard drive?

A:dell inspiron 530-hard drive

Try the Dell diagnostics


There are several ways to run them. Read carefully. Also note the section "Dell Diagnostics Main Menu"

If Diagnostics do not run from the hard drive, and you do not have the Drivers and Utilities Media, you can download the diagnostics software and create a bootable CD or flash drive to run the diagnostics. Read the "Installation Instructions" on the page I linked to below.


When you download the file, and you get a download options window, choose "Download via your Internet Browser"


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Can I install an 128 GB SSD in addition to already installed 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive in my Dell E5570? If it's possible, which SSD should I pick? M.2 SSD? or PCIe SSD? Would it be possible to install my C-drive (windows) on the SSD? Would it make the computer any faster? Please help me out.

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I have a Dell Dimension XPS 720. My PC has two sata hard drives and one IDE hard drive. When I boot the PC tells me that it doesn't detect any hard drive in sata 3. Then it asks me to press F1 to continue. But, when I get into my OS which is Vista Ultimate, I check 'My Computers' and my second hard drive appears. And sata hard drive works fine.

I've gone into BIOS. Each SATA port also lists the model number of the sata hard drive, but the sata drive I'm having problems with isn't listed and yes the hard drive sata port is set to 'ON'.

I should also note that I never used to have problems with this hard drive in the past. It used to show up on the BIOS drive list.

I need help fixing this problem.

A:Dell XPS PC BIOS does not detect my sata hard drive, but the Vista OS does?

If the drive is "seen" by the OS, it has to be detected by the bios. Swap the SATA drives and see if the bios now "sees" the former phantom drive

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

A:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

A:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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Hi ,

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 purchased in 2012 . It has suddenly stopped working and shows error message :
Error Code :2000-0142
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N S2WADMNW , self test unsuccessful. Status = 7

Please can someone tell me where I should go or whom to contact to het this fixed ?

A:Dell Inspiron N5110 Hard Drive 0

Hello!  It looks like your hard drive is/has gone bad.  You will need to replace it.  Depending on where you live, there should be computer repair shops in your city/town that can help you.  Dell might be able to do it but it would cost a bit more as your computer is more then likely out of warranty.  

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The hard drive in our Inspiron 600M Laptop died... Dell told me that only this one certain drive was compatible with that system at a cost of $240 for 60GB. My question is, wouldn't any hard drive work in that machine as long as it matched the physical dimensions and had the correct interface which is ATA/100 (ATA-6)???


A:Dell Inspiron 600M Hard Drive

Unless Dell was producing/inserting some kind of revolutionary hard drives in 2005, and I doubt they were, your laptop uses an Ultra ATA hard drive - run with it.

If in doubt, remove the bad one and look - what harm can THAT do, right?

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My computer hit the floor last night and since has been showing hard drive not found anf no boot able devices found.. I have tried everything please help

A:Dell inspiron 15 hard drive problem

Hi MrsStik87, and welcome to TSG.

Sounds like the hard drive may have been damaged in the fall. Whether or not any data can be recovered off of it would depend on the severity of the damage.

How high was the fall and what kind of surface did the computer land on? Was is turned on at the time of the fall?

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Can anyone direct me to info on installing a second hard drive to Inspiron 3847 computer for purposes of image back up using Acronis True Image Home software back up? There is space for an optical drive which is totally foreign to me, but nothing is said anywhere in the material in users manual about adding second hard drive which seems to be a pretty normal hardware addition. Not savvy in these matters.

First time forum poster


A:Second Hard Drive Dell Inspiron 3847

Dell has not published the procedures for installing an additional SATA hard drive, the Inspiron 3847 has a second 3.5" bay, for the second hard drive next to the primary hard drive, there should be a set of rails located in the bay, two 6-32X1/4, phillips head screws are needed, to attach the rails.
 The procedures on pages 26 to 28 of the owners manual should give you an idea of what is required for the installation.
You will need a SATA data cable there should be a spare SATA power connector inside the case.After installing the drive enter the system setup and check that the hard drive is 'enabled' [on] and recognized.
For Windows to recognize the second hard drive, it must be partitioned and formatted.Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management, right click new drive, select format, then you can assign a drive letter.Bev.

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I believe my Dell Inspiron 6000 has Ultra ATA. I wanted to upgrade my hard drive since it is kind of slow but I basically just want a cheap and fast hard drive. Could anyone recommend one for me?

Also, would i be able to use a SATA hard drive on my laptop or would I have to stick to Ultra ATA? thanks

A:Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron 6000

You probably have to stay with Ultra ATA as the connector is built-in the the board.
If your drive is 4500 or 5400 RPM you can probably see an improvement by getting a 7200 RPM drive.
There are several here:

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This is first post, so please excuse any display of ignorance from me.

I know that the hard drive is bad. It will not let me boot up to try and recover data. Last resort is to send to a data recovery specialist.

If the drive is cool, it will try to boot, but it is looking for a corrupted file, "ntoskrnl.exe" in the \System32 dir (Win 2000 Pro). Is there a way I can transfer this file onto the drive?

I have tried to Repair with the Dell reinstall CD, it does not work. It hangs up during the checking C:\ drive portion. I tried it under the Console Recovery and same thing. Also tried the "fixboot"; it did not do anything for me.

Any Suggestions?

Your help is appreciated.


A:Bad hard drive in Dell Inspiron 8000

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Our 580 MT is 6 years old so time to instal a new Hard Drive before the original shows any signs of failing.
I have a Seagate 1 TB SSHD to become the main drive (& keep the original - now 6 year old - HDD in place as a Data Drive), 
My plan is to put the new drive in the second Bay, clone the Drive, & then simply swap the SATA cables so the "new" drive becomes the Main drive without having to alter anything in the BIOS
Of course this requires a third SATA cable attached to the Motherboard
I checked inside the Tower today, & as should be, two of the SATA sockets are in use, (Numbered 1 & 2)
Sorry for what might be a Dumb Question, but although the sockets marked 1, 2, & 4 are black in colour, number 3 is white - is there any significance to this?

Thanks in advance for any answers!

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I'm considering purchasing a Dell Inspiron 1150 with a 40GB hard drive. If I wanted to later add another 40GB, is there room to add an additional drive or would I have to purchase an 80GB drive and transfer the contents of the old drive to the new one?

A:More than one hard drive in a Dell Inspiron 1150?

No, you cannot add hard drives to a laptop. Yes, you can copy the 40GB contents to the 80GB using an adapter or an USB enclosure and possibly a desktop computer.

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Hi Guys,

I am having a absolute nightmare, Long story short....

I have a dell inspiron 1545. The Hard Drive failed so I bought a new hard drive. I have looked into how to format this new HD. I put the new HD in it and put in my DELL Software CD. Restarted the laptop, as asked and all I get is the bar with the green loading blocks, with the microsoft incorporation underneath it, and it does this for hours. It doesnt load anything?

Not only have a lost 4 years of data, now this new one wont work. I really need any advice, to sort this. Im not currently working and i cant afford a heavy bill to take it to someone.

[email addr. removed by mod] - if anyone can help me!

many thanks guys.....

A:Help please :( new hard drive - dell inspiron 1545

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Good Day,
Dell Inspiron B120
Service Tag: G4HBD81

Laptop is used for Media storage etc.
The hard drive died.
I am trying to build an Unattended install XP sp3 CD.
Perhaps I should try Win 7 but I do not know if it is compatible.
I would like to avoid the “activate” and “registrtion” process.
The Dell OS Recovery Tool cannot find the OS.
I cannot get the XP Product Key used for the original Installation.
Hard Drive died. “Read Fail” on Boot.
I also cannot get the Product ID.
Nor can I get the “OEMBIOS” and “WPA” or “winnt.sif” files.
Finally, do you recommend NTFS or FAT32?
Can you help?

Thank you,

A:New Hard Drive Dell Inspiron B120

Why an unattended install?
Simply buy a Dell Windows XP3 CD on eBay and install.

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I go to the bios setup and under 'Fixed HDD' there's nothing? It's a fairly new hard drive which runs Win 7. I actually tried to reload Win 7 from the start and once it came to which drive to install it on....nothing was there? I don't believe the hard drive is toast at least I hope not. Please what can I do?

A:Dell Inspiron hard drive not detected....

"Please what can I do?"...
Have the hard drive replaced. They are really not that expensive any longer

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I have an Inspiron 660 desktop that I bought at the end of 2012.  Last week I had a hard-disk drive failure. I purchased a Toshiba 3.5 inch 2TB SATA 7.2k RPM HDD thru Dell. After installing the new hard drive, I tried loading a brand new version of Windows 10 Pro from USB. During the Windows 10 install,  I got an error message saying there was no device drives found. I also got an error message saying hard drive locked, please unlock and try again.  I have no idea how to fix this issue and get Windows 10 up and running on my computer. Does anybody know how to fix this issue (with step by step instructions)? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Over the last 2 days I have been having a problem as indicated in the title of this post. The fault has rectified itself 3 times, but again today, it is back to "battery plugged in, not charging." As I am running the laptop (Windows Vista Home Premium; 32 bit) on the adapter without problems, I assume that the adapter itself may not be faulty.
I also have a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop running Windows 7.  Can I safely use that adapter with the Vista laptop, without causing damage to the Vista ?  If it is safe to do so, and the battery on the Vista starts charging, then it would indicate that the Vista adapter/charger has some kind of fault.
Hoping someone can give me some guidance. Thanks.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Battery plugged in not charging. Can I use adapter from a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop ?

If the adapter has the same plug and the same or higher power rating, you can swap them.
Check to see whether the 1545 recognizes the AC adapter or whether it shows unknown (F2 at powerup).  If it shows unknown with two different adapters, you have a bad power jack or a bad mainboard.

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Hello Again from the UK: I am stuck yet again and turn to you fantastic experts for some much needed help.
It started when my laptop would not switch on and I got an error message STOP:c000021a (Fatal System Error) the system has been shut down. Error Code 2000-0146. Msg unit 1: DST Log contains previous errors.Went through all the suggested repairs on the pc but to no avail
So I went to the superstore PC World and they told me it my Hard Drive needed replacing and it would cost the set price of 220.00 for them to undertake the repair. I thought this was a mega amount of money to replace a hard drive so I bought one and replaced it myself - it seemed a simple thing to do.
I had the original discs sent by Dell with the machine. I inserted the Windows Re-installation DVD and restated the Computer. Had to use the f12 key to load the Boot Menu and then highlight the CD/DVD drive. This worked and the programme seemed to be installing and went through menu options that I needed to complete. After some time it eventually reached a screen Installing Windows and went through Copied Files, Expanded Files, Installed Features, Installed Updates and Completing Installation and each had a green tick. It then said Windows needs to restart to continue and closed down and restarted. It then said in White on a Black screen Please wait a moment while Windows prepares to start for the first time. After a few minutes it went back to the Installing Windows screen with all the headings still tic... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 531S with Vista Home Premium that just quit working. Literally.
What it does is when you start it it goes to the first "page" with Dell's logo and website and then when it goes to the next one like it usually would it stays black although it's still on. I took it to a local pc repair shop and they said that the hard drive is bad. I was wondering if you guys have any ideas.

A:Dell Inspiron 531S possible hard drive problem.

You can test the drive yourself using a diagnostic disc.

In order to test the hard drive you can run one of the diagnostic programs below. The files, in ISO format, will need to be burned to a CD using a program that can burn CD image files.
Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
Western Digital
WD Support / Downloads / Select Product
(choose your product and select Data Lifeguard Diagnostic)
| Seagate

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