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Dell laptop 1100 hard drive upgrade

Need advise.  I have a Dell 1100 (P4, 2.3 Ghz) laptop.  I have just tried to upgrade my hard drive from 30gb to 80 gb.  It seems that the bios is not detecting the drive at all.  Is it bcos it has a limit to it? (like desktop CPU... 32Gb limit).

Please let me know whether if it's the same thing?  If not, can the upgrade be done, or am I doing something wrong here?  Any advise would be deeply appreciated.  Thanks!!!

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Some OLDER laptops have drive size limits, but that one should be fine right through 100 GB - see here:
http://www.apricornproducts.com/config_layout.php
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Have you tried upgrading your BIOS?
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rindiCommented:
Can you hear the drive spinning up when you have connected it to the notebook?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It's also possible (though one would think unlikely) that the drive is DOA - I've had that happen to me.
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treker69Author Commented:
rindi - yes.  I can hear the drive spinning.

leew - Upgrading BIOS?  Any help on that? & What's DOA?
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WatzmanCommented:

This is unlikely to be a size limit, especially in a P4 system (at least until you get to 137 gigs).  It's more likely to be a defective drive (yes, it happens -- I've had it happen to me) or improper master/slave configuration.  Does the drive work when connected to a desktop using a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter?  You will need the drive data sheet from the mfgr. to explore the master/slave/cable select jumper settings

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MrArubaCommented:
off course you 're sure that you connected your drive correctly and firmly (but again, not to firmly), jumper setting right?
goto the HD manufacturers website and download the drive test tool there, test your HD with it.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
DOA - dead on arrival

You visit Dell's support site, download the most recent BIOS and follow the instructions included.
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rindiCommented:
Have you replaced the drives, or are you trying to use both at once?
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treker69Author Commented:
Ok. Guys.  Thanks for all the advice.  I found out what's wrong.  The connection adapter from the old drive wasn't in.  It's working fine now.  Thank you.
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