PC Hardware forum

General discussion

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found

by jbuzz / August 3, 2005 7:52 AM PDT

I have a Dell Dimension 4300 with 2 hard drives an 80 gig and a 40 gig. All of a sudden I get the subject error message. System lites up and I see the Dell screen then it beeps twice and posts the error message and F1 to continue, F2 to go to setup. Tried both but keep coming back to same error.
I've reversed the drives (Master/Slave) and still get it. I can't believe that both drives died at the same time. When power is on with case open I can feel vibration in the drives as though they are spinning. Cooling fans are running. Checked power leads to drives with VOM and detect voltage present.

Where do I start CPU?/Motherboard?/ BIOS?
Any help appreciated.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Where to start?
by Michael Geist / August 3, 2005 9:01 AM PDT

In the Bios to see if the drives are properly seen.

Then a new 80 pin cable.

Then try the second IDE controller.

Collapse -
Minor point, the cable connector is 40 pin
by Ray Harinec / August 4, 2005 1:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Where to start?

but the cable itself has 80 conductors. [40 extra ground wires].

Collapse -
Look into....
by Willy / August 3, 2005 12:58 PM PDT

I suggest you reseat the HD cables several times and check results. Try another HD cable(new?). Try with only one HD installed, the other disconnected entirely but not removed. make sure jumper reflect what that brand should be for solo HD. If you had this system for sometime, maybe the bios(CMOS) battery is weak, replace.

tada -----Willy Happy

Collapse -
Thanks, that did it
by jbuzz / August 6, 2005 8:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Look into....

Thanks this did it one at a time I installed the drives and discovered that the 15 month old 60gig hard drive is dead. I repaired the installation of Win XP on the 40gig drive and system is back up and running.
Thanks to all for your help.

Jim

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?