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post #11 of 16
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Its keeping the settings that I put in it's just not recognizing the hard drive.

update: I just let my friend look at it, he dosen't do much with laptops, but he agrees with me in thinking the hdd's shot, I'll try to buy another one have any idea where?? I looked on ebay and a 20gb went for 60$
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keep looking on ebay. I payed a couple pound for a 20gig.
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I found a 40 gig for 35$(20GBP), I just hope that it works......it should.
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I found a 40 gig for 35$(20GBP), I just hope that it works......it should.
Since hard drives for Laptops, especially in the older designs, do not last very long.
Why did you not just purchase a new one?
I installed a new Hitachi 5K100 40gb 5400rpm drive in our Inspiron 2650.
The cose was $63.00 total delivered FedEx 2day.
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I recently aquired an Inspiron 2650, the previous owner, I think, tried to replace the hard drive after the laptop wouldn't recognize the hard drive. However the hard drive that is in the laptop now isn't recognized by the Bios, the hard drive looks fine, my guess is that something came loose off the MOBO, can anyone help??

also I'm not sure if the drivers are loaded onto the hard drive
There is an adapter that goes between the hard drive and the socket in the mobo. If you remove the hard drive that is in the laptop, take a good look and see if that adapter is there. It will fit very tight over the pins of the hard drive and the side that fits into the socket in the mobo will be a single row of male connectors. If that adapter is there, the drive is probably bad. I would suggest purchasing a new hard drive cage, this comes with a new adapter. Then a new 7200rpm hard drive will complete the upgrade. The new design hard drives have a 3yr warranty. They are so much better quality than the original laptop drives, it's like daylight and dark.

http://www.parts-people.com/index.ph...26&prevstart=0

Here is a link for the drive cage & adapter.
Great price, good people if you want to order from them.
I will vouch for them.
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post #16 of 16
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I finally got the laptop up and running, the new hard drive is wroking great, the only thing bad about it is the battery life, I have seen power bricks or something like it for laptops, I was wondering if anyone has seen any that are good deals, and will work for 4+ hours
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