Having problems with your Dell Inspiron E1505 Notebook ?

I have an E1505 with no hard drive, no dvd drive. 2 questions: Is there a special "sled" or tray needed for a new drive, and do the connectors for any new hard drive line up and plug into the bay connectors or is another part needed? If so, what part(s) is(are) required? Question 2: Will this laptop boot from usb dvd drive for loading OS?


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Answer for question 2 is yes, get into the BIOS and change the boot menu to include a ISB device if one is not enabled. I am unsure of the factory default, but once you are in the BIOS you can check that usb booting is enabled.
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\015\012The hard drive of the E1505 use a "caddy" which consists of a smooth plate and a caddy head that screws to the hard drive and allows easy access to the drive by allowing you to pull it free of the side of the computer. Some people do not use the flat plate and just screw the caddy head atraight to the drive itself. I would recommend the whole caddy setup. Ebay sells them by the hundreds. Dell does not use an adapter on the hard drive to get it to connect with the motherboard. Your drive should be a SATA interface and that is what is on the motherboard as a connection. All you need is a "caddy" to be able to easily remove and secure the hard drive.
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