If your Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop says it can't recognise a hard drive in the computer, it may have a problem with its hard drive connection. You may need to fix the problem by removing the current drive from its compartment and fitting it back into the computer. This reseating should fix any connection problems and, as an additional bonus, make the hard drive easily accessible from the side of the computer.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
Power off your Dell Inspiron 1520, close the display screen and remove the power cable. Turn the laptop upside down.
Disconnect the battery pack from its port on the bottom of the computer. Locate the end of the rectangular hard drive at the side of the computer.
Remove the two screws on the bottom of the computer, closest to the end of the hard drive, with your Phillips screwdriver.
Grip the hard drive by its end, and remove it from the computer.
Fit the hard drive back into the computer, pressing it in as far as it will go. In doing so, you will reconnect the hard drive to the motherboard and fix any problems you may be having with your computer recognising the hard drive.
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