Dell Studio XPS 1640 will not recognize internal hard drive

By Andrew916
Jun 22, 2009
  1. Hello everyone!

    I have a Dell Studio XPS 1640 laptop and have just run into some major problems. When I boot up it will get as far as the opening loading screen (where it displays the XPS within the circle) and it will freeze up. I then ran the diagnostic and it showed that my system has no hard drive. (meanwhile the hard drive is making some pretty crazy sounds). When I tell the system to boot from the CD it makes it to the loading screen with the side-scrolling green bar at the bottom and it gets stuck in the loading cycle I.e. It keeps going going and going. What might this be caused by and is it a simple fix?

    Thanks foe all your time! Any answers/help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    youve pretty much answered the question yourself, the HDD is buggered
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Hello Andrew and Welcome to Techspot.

    As Ididmyc600 indicated... you are going to need to replace the drive.

    Whether you can recover anything from it is, at present, an open question. Hence ...
    You might find the new thread by LookingAround to be helpful to your needs...
    not for booting per se, but for data recovery. See
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