Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop ?

Hi My hard drive crashed can it is old can it be

\015 Hi My hard drive crashed, it is old can it be fixed or do I need to get a new hard drive? It is a Dell 4600i Dimensions desktop BIOS version A10. It seems that my computer cannot find the hard drive. This is the message:\015\012\015\012SATA Primary drive 0 hot foud\015\012SATA Secondary drive 0 not found\015\012Primary drive 0 not found\015\012Primary drive 1 not found\015\012\015\012It can read the CD Rom Drive. I cannot go beyond the Setup Screen. Thank you Susan\015\012\015

Answers :

Most likely scenario is the drive is dead, but also the BIOS on your computer is old itself, I believe there are a few BIOS upgrades available for that model, might want to check with Dell support site. If you have access to another computer, there is a way to check your drive. Go to a computer retail store or on Ebay, but a EIDE/SATA to USB adapter. This will allow you to take a hard drive out of the case and attach this adpter to it and plug the usb side into another computer, laptop, doesn't matter...that computer will read the drive as an external hard drive....if the drive is indeed still viable. If it is, this would be a good time to save your files to the other computer for safe keeping until you can get your other system back on its feet.
Sad news - crashed means broken.
\015\012Some shops (like Best Buy and others) have a means of kick starting some failed hard drives once (or twice at the most) - then copying the data onto another hard drive. Check your area (by phone or Google) for a computer hard drive data recovery resource. Do not attempt to start it yourself - or everything will be lost forever.
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\015\012Good luck and let us know your results.
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