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Taking a hard disk drive from one Dell Inspiron and inserting it in another Dell Inspiron

I don't think this can work, but might there be a way around it? Taking the hard disk from a Dell Inspiron 15,  5000 and inserting it in a Dell Inspiron 15 3000. The connections do not suit. I just want to be sure there is no way around this.

We recently replaced Virtual infrastructure and have installed 2xDell PowerEdge R640 servers and 1 Storage.
The servers and SAN is connected with SAS connections.

During procuring these new servers, our core switch was a 1Gig switch, so I asked Dell to add 1Gig and 10Gig Lan cards.
On the ESX servers, I can see that there are 2 separate LAN cards and each of them have 4 Ports.

First card is a 1 Gig card which is connected to the 1Gig core switch at the moment.
(4xPorts of Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet BCM5720)

Second card is 10Gig card and none of the ports are connected.
(4xPorts of Intel(R) Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-T) Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet BCM5720 .

Now we are going to replace our core switch Core switch and the new core switch is a 10Gig switch

On the ESX server, I would like to remove the LAN cable connected to 1Gig port and connect it to the 10 Gig LAN port.

Firstly: Do I have to configure the same IP address that was setup on 1Gig port to 10 Gig Ports on the server.
Or do I need to set up a different IP address on the 10Gig card.

Secondly: If I have to configure the same IP address or different IP address, how do I configure the IP address.

Any help would be great and thanks in advance.
I have a Dell xps 8930. Update app has been bugging me about updating the Bios. I've done this before, several times, and several times it has left my W10 with corrupt system files. No problem, of course, with scannow. But I also read on one site that you should not update your bios unless you have a problem with the machine that no other measure can solve. The truth about bios updates, please? Thanks.
What is the difference between Dell PowerEdge FX2s and Dell PowerEdge FC830?
What are they used for?

I am trying to do a Windows update on a Dell XPS Windows 10 OS. But I keep getting the message "There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (ox8o240fff)". This is what I tried so far  --> After deleting the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder:

1. net stop wuauserv
2. net stop cryptsvc
3. net stop BITS
4. net stop msiservice
5. ren c:\windows\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old
6. ren c;\windows\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
7. Restarted the stopped services
8. From PowerSricpt, ran: wuauclt.exe /updatenow

Any ideas?
Hi Experts,

One of my PC's at work started to crash and this is what I have been told by technician.

He advised that there was a 'lost disk error' from the C drive, indicating the drive needs to be replaced.

Dell Optiplex 7020, SN: XXXZZ
-confirmed internal C drive is crashed and failing. need to be replaced ASAP
-Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512G,
-created opportunity

Since I have many programs installed there which not all have replacement installation disks, in addition to many custom settings...

I'm wondering if there is something I can do to fix that error, at least for the time being...?

I am attempting to reload a Dell 5400 laptop with with Windows 10 Enterprise OS using a USB stick.  Usually I can find a way to set this boot option in the BIOS but for some reason I can't seem to figure it out on this laptop.  

I read a few articles suggesting that this feature is no longer available in the BIOS.  Is there any way around this?  What are my other options to load a new OS on this laptop if I can't boot to USB?

BIOS version is 1.4.2

Thank you!
There is the warning flashing indicator light on the MD3200, and it is a failed battery for the cache on
one of the raid controllers. I just received the replacement battery from Dell (and not sure how to replace it). Somebody would give me the instruction to do it safely please.

I have a Dell Inspiron 5000 series. I don’t have the computer with me this is for a user and purchased a computer for. I think it says Dell Inspiron 15 on the front. Anyway, this employee wanted a spare power adapter so I bought them one directly from Dell. It looks a tiny bit different but it is a Dell power adapter and it has the same power specs on the back. He plugged in this new power adapter and turned on the computer and noticed that it would charge for about two minutes and then say not charging. So he turned off the computer plugged in the original power adapter and now that power adapter will not charge this computer. I have no idea what to tell him or what the issue is. Any ideas?
I am running an dell r720xd esxi 6.0.0, 15169789 lab.  I create a volume on an Equallogic ps6500. on the lab host, set my access policy and added the iscsi initiator. On the host i have 4 nics. 0 an 1 for management. 2 and 3 for vm traffic and iscsi. The host shows the iscsi vmkernal bindings are compliance and after setting dynamic discover for the dell equallogic group IP, it finds the LUN. However it shows the iscsi path as not used and the paths are not visible. whats weird is that i can ping only one of the equllogic NIC's ( from esxi and not the others nor the group IP. ( I can ping the iscsi VLAN gateway from the host lab (  from another host connecting to the same SAN i can ping all.  on the lab server iscsi is set to jumbo frames. i have tried to remove the iscsi adapter from the host and reboot/re-add but the same behavior.  I have two other hosts that i was able to connect to the LUN with no issues so i know its something with my lab host.  Any thoughts on what i may be missing are appreciated.


I saw a file server (Dell Server); say it Server1
I saw Dell PowerEdge FX2s (FC830) which i believe functioning as a SAN for Server1

I saw at Dell PowerEdge FX2s a blinking light (Possibly it is a warning lighting to inform there is something wrong?), then most of the employees can not access their files (which are in the file server= Server1)

1) How to check what is "the blinking light" tells at the Dell PowerEdge FX2?
2) How to troubleshoot this problem? (my feeling; just reboot the Server1)

I asked this question about 3-4 years ago. At that time the death combo was a Dell Optiplex 3040 and a Intel SSD drive. The issue was that on occasion the computer would boot with a "hard drive not found" error. The fix was simply to power down the PC then turn it back on. I found a thread about Intel SSD drives doing that in Dell Laptops but no references to it happening in Dell Desktop.

   As a little side note I have since ditched Intel SSD drives. They are pieces of junk but anyway.... today I had a customer call and the same thing happened to a Dell Optiplex 3070 (the most recent model) and you guessed it.... an Intel 540s Series SSD. So the problem with Dell Optiplexes and Intel SSDs still exists. Has anyone else come across it yet and is there a fix?
Hi Experts, had a question I needed to run a batch script with a delay of at least 1 minute after first login to the machine. I have created an image using Dell Image Assist and on first login need to run a batch script with admin permissions and a delay

Currently the batch script I have is called S.bat located under C:\S folder and I am calling it using the Image Assist tool by specifying C:\S\S.bat. On double click it runs without an issue but does not run on first login

adding a second drive, I see it in my BIOS but do not see it in Windows 10
Dell Precision T3600 tag # JWYC7Y1 the original drive is fine and it's using a PERC H310 controller card NO RAID
trying to add a second drive, please advise thanks
Hi guys,
I found this switch that will be potential candidate for my lab.
can you give me confirmation on the technical details?

24 rj45 Port Giga Ethernet ?
4 SFP (not SFP+) port ?
Possibility to add 2 modules of 2 SFP+ 10GB port each?
Layer 3 routing?

I don't understand what type of pci-e card + sfp module I need for my server or workstation
Hey everyone,

The office bought 17 new Dell Optiplex 5060's with Windows 10 Pro. I want to load the company software and run all the updates but I haven't done a large image project since ghosting disk to disk lol.

Could someone give me the steps they use (and software of choice) to create a bootable image of finished desktop that I can use on a USB. It would save a ton of time.

Thank you as always.
I want to clone a MBR disk to GPT format.  AOMEI AOMEI Software says they can do it.  Has anyone done this and made it work? Did you run into any problems?  What software did you use?

My procedure will be to clone the ssd hard drive running Win7 on a Dell Optiplex 3010 mini-tower. I'll then take the clone and update that to Windows 10 on the Optiplex.  Then I'll clone that to another ssd in GPT format, change the bios parameters and see if I can run that.

Setting up small 12 user network. Very tight budget
Bought Dell Server with 16gb ram,  Xeon CPU E3-1225 3.30Ghz
(1) 2TB SSD.   (1) 500GB SSD

Bought and installed Windows 2016 Standard.
Installed it with AD on the 2TB SSD

Bought Exchange 2016

I've noticed that it's probably not good to put Exchange on this same machine (Although some have said with such a small amount of users it might be ok?), and buying another machine might not be possible yet, so my questions are:

Can I do a hyper-v guest install on this machine and put exchange there?
If so.. What advice on setting up the Hyper-V guest for exchange? Like how much ram to allocate or space.

Any advice on the actual installation of Exchange in the guest VM?
I did see that it should be on it's own drive (thereby my 2nd SSD that's 500GB).


Advice on how to connect it to the AD that's on the machine.

Windows 10 build 1803: monitor detected wrong

I got a laptop (Dell Latitude 5580) connected to a docking station (USB C). It has 2 monitors connected. A Dell 19 inch (1280x1024) and as primary a HD dell monitor (1920x1080).

All well, but now I replace the old 19 inch to a dell HD (also 1920x1080) monitor.
Windows "sees" the old 19" model, and refuses to detect the nw monitor. Even by restarting (obvious), removing the drivers from device manager, all done, I can't set the resolution higher than 1280x1024, making the new monitor blurry.

Tried a lot of things but no avail. Tried to put the monitor on the laptop itself over VGA and this seems to go well. Putting it back to the docking makes windows detect it as the old monitor. Is there a wat to realy force Windows to use the native (higher) resolution?

Display Drivers are updates, and I tried to manualy put the monitor te a generic HD monitor.  The displaycard id an integrated Intel HD620.
I have several issues in my layer2 topology. This is a mixed switch environment (Dell and Cisco). Presently one of my Dell switches is the root bridge, and I want to promote the Cisco switch ( where my servers are attached) to the root bridge. I also have some protocol mismatches;
1. the cisco switches have LLDP, CDP and fast spanning tree running.
2. the dell switches have only spanning tree running.

I have ethernet ports flapping (going up and down) on every switch. What would be the best approach to clear these issues.
Number keys on Number Row not working once logged into Windows on Dell Vostro 5471 latpop (no built in number pad)

I can log in using the Number Row to enter my numeric PIN with no issues, but once logged in, I can not type using the Number Keys in the Number Row.

I have tried a reboot, uninstalling/reinstalling keyboard drivers, and adding a new keyboard type (canadian) and deleting and then adding the US Qwerty keyboard back.

Nothing has worked so far.  

I cannot for the life of me find anything about a key combo or setting change that would disable the number row only when logged in.
I use Windows 10. I am seeking an EQUALIZER program for my Dell M4800 Precision laptop. The program must have the capability of cut & boost each band + and - 10 as minimum. 12 - 15 dB preferred. It must have a minimum of 10 bands. If any Expert has any personal experience please let me know which program you use. It need not be free,
On my Dell Latitude 3540, it was working fine.  But now it's in airplane mode and I can't get it out.  When I go into the "Network & Internet" window --> Airplane mode, it has Airplane mode set to On and it's greyed out - I can't change it.  Thanks a lot.  I've checked - all the Microsoft updates are installed, as far as I can tell.
The user has Windows 10 Pro running on a Dell mini tower.  They have either 8 or 16 GB of RAM

They are experiencing a delay when typing.  They say sometimes they have to press a key twice to get a character to appear.

If I control their computer remotely using TeamViewer, the characters appear as fast as I type.

I can certainly turn off startup items.  Is there anything else that I can check?

I have a client that is using a Dell R720 with a MD1200 attached,  He just added another MD1200 and daisy chained it off the initial MD1200.  The server it is attached to is using VMWARE with three Datastores and 2 virtual servers.  When logging in and trying to expand the MD1200 it says there is no free disk space.
How can we get the VMWARE to see the new storage on the MD1200?






Since 1984, Dell has been delivering technology to fit your life.
Dell is in Enterprise, Home Office and Consumer sectors of the market, supplying a broad range of customizable desktops, laptops, notebooks, servers, storage, and network devices.