Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 2200 Notebook ?

Setup does not detect any hard drives

\015 I have a Dell INSPIRON 2200. \015\012\015\012My laptop has been working fine but, possibly due to something I downloaded, the laptop wouldnt shutdown properly so held the power button to turn it off. When I turned it on again, it lead me to the blue screen saying unmountable boot volume. I followed some forum steps and rebooted from the XP disc.\015\012\015\012The XP reboot began to ruun and presented me with the three options, to install XP to repair it and to quit setup (enter, R, F3) I have tried them all. The first 2 optionsleads me to another Blue screen saying "setup did not find any hard disk drives..."\015\012\015\012Basically rebooting under all different boot setup configurations leads me to black and white screen saying "no bootable devices..." and rebooting with the XP disc with all the different possible configurations leads me to "setup did not find any hard disk drives...press F3 to exit"\015\012\015\012I have looked over other forums but they all seem to be about loading drivers for computers trying to install XP. Surely I shouldnt need to add anything to my laptop as it has been working fine in the past?\015\012\015\012Cheers for your time\015

Answers :

This error means the operating system on the hard disk couldn't load due to possible faulty hard drive or disk controller. The fault could also mean the hard drive needs reseating to make proper connection. Reseat the hard drive and if you still get this error, then you need to determine if the disk controller is faulty.
To do this, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer see this hard drive as an external drive and you can also see the contents of the drive, then the hard drive is OK and the fault is a faulty disk controller. If the computer cannot detect the hard drive then the hard drive is faulty.
Then get a new hard drive insert it into youe laptop and install Windows to get your laptop operatioal.
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