Dell Latitude xpi Not Booting Possible hdd failure

  skidzy 18:45 06 Dec 2006

I have a problem Laptop Dell Latitude xpi,windows 98.

Its a friends laptop and i have it front of me now.

Problem being it will not boot at all.It is stuck in the bios with only the boot sequence Hard disk only.

Basically i get a message disk failure.

One thing that does concern me,is this lappy has been looked at by someone else and in the bios it says Internal Hard Drive 0 MB..... this leads me to think its been wiped/formatted.

As usual all help and advice appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:04 06 Dec 2006

Internal Hard Drive 0 MB

BIOS unable to read drive (rather than drive Empty)

Try removing refiting a cople of times (bad contact)

can you connect in a caddy or as a slave and see if it can be accessed?

  skidzy 19:35 06 Dec 2006

Fruit Bat /\0/\ Thankyou for confirming what i was thinking.

If im right in thinking,can i buy a caddy and usb lead and plug the drive into one of my pc's to access the data providing the drive is not totally dead ?

My friend would like to save the data if possible.

I have seen a few threads mentioning a caddy and usb adapter to allow the access of a laptops hdd when plugged into another pc,however a link to the correct lead and i believe a 2.5 caddy would be greatly appreciated please.

Thanks again Fruit Bat /\0/\

  skidzy 20:27 06 Dec 2006

Hdd taken out upon Dells support,once inserted again error message "No Boot Device found"

F2 to continue which obviously takes me back to the bios screen.

Under Boot sequence i have boot from HDD or Diskette.I have no Diskette to will have to boot from HDD.

Basically this is looping back and having looked through the bios,seem stuck.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:27 06 Dec 2006

click here
Is what I use for emergency connecting external drive cost me £7 from computer fai they seem to have gone up in price last time they were being sod at £10 - 12

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:37 06 Dec 2006

ebay click here

  skidzy 20:44 06 Dec 2006

Cheers Fruit Bat /\0/\

Just bought this one,lets hope (fingers crossed)

click here

Thanks for the help,its very much appreciated FB.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:45 06 Dec 2006
  skidzy 20:51 06 Dec 2006

Thanks again FB,will wait now and see if the one i bought will do the job,if only to diagnose the drive and find out if its dead.


  skidzy 16:28 09 Dec 2006

bought the r-drive kit but sadly the hdd now out of the laptop has a connection i have never seen before.

All the cables and leads i have do not fit the hdd.

Here are a couple of images that may help diagnose what connection is needed

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I am assuming this drive reads and draws the power from one connection only as only one connection is possible.

here are the links to what ive tried so far

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Any more advice would be greatly appreciated please.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:49 09 Dec 2006

Can't tell from your picturebut is the drive monuted in a caddy (holder) to fit in the laptop.

All latop drive connections are pretty standard but latop drive connectins are perculiar to the manufacturer and therefor the drive sits in an adaptor to fit the laptop.

Remove the drive from the holder. Then connect to the R driver cable. Laptop drives are power direct from the 5V usb port via the cable.

It only the 3.5 drivers that require the amins adptor.

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