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Trying to *Dell Restore* my Dell Dimension XPS 9150 to factory condition

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by microsoft.news.com, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    Condition*.

    The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just
    use the DVD read/write drive instead.

    All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."

    There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive,
    just CD-ROM.
    Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS by
    pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    anyway...

    Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot from
    a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick, could
    I use that instead?

    If not....now what?



    Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!

    FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    climbing Everest!

    --
    Rog
     
  2. Hoyst Owen Petard

    Hoyst Owen Petard Flightless Bird

    What did Dell support say when you contacted them?

    "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:-OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    : I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    : Condition*.
    :
    : The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just
    : use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    :
    : All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    : reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    :
    : There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive,
    : just CD-ROM.
    : Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS
    by
    : pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    : anyway...
    :
    : Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
    from
    : a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick,
    could
    : I use that instead?
    :
    : If not....now what?
    :
    :
    :
    : Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    :
    : FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    : climbing Everest!
    :
    : --
    : Rog
    :
    :
    :
    :
    :
    :
    :
     
  3. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > What did Dell support say when you contacted them?



    Nothing....

    I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...

    >
    > "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > : I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    > : Condition*.
    > :
    > : The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    > just
    > : use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    > :
    > : All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    > : reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    > :
    > : There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    > drive,
    > : just CD-ROM.
    > : Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS
    > by
    > : pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    > : anyway...
    > :
    > : Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
    > from
    > : a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick,
    > could
    > : I use that instead?
    > :
    > : If not....now what?
    > :
    > :
    > :
    > : Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    > :
    > : FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    > : climbing Everest!
    > :
    > : --
    > : Rog
    > :
    > :
    > :
    > :
    > :
    > :
    > :
    >
    >
     
  4. choro

    choro Flightless Bird

    microsoft.news.com wrote:
    > I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    > *factory Condition*.
    >
    > The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    > just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >
    > All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    > reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >
    > There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    > drive, just CD-ROM.
    > Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
    > BIOS by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could
    > change it anyway...
    >
    > Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to
    > boot from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a
    > memory stick, could I use that instead?
    >
    > If not....now what?
    >
    >
    >
    > Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >
    > FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    > climbing Everest!


    I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your disfunctional
    CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set to 'Master'
    (rather than 'Slave') and try again.

    But since you are partially sighted, may be you could get a friend to do
    this for you. It is dead simple for someone handy with a screwdriver.

    I am naturally taking it for granted that this is a PC you've got rather
    than a laptop which don't have provision for two optical drives anyway.
    --
    choro
    *****
     
  5. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    "choro" <choro@tvco.net> wrote in message
    news:-OFHWn.84193$Yb4.66402@hurricane...
    > microsoft.news.com wrote:
    >> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    >> *factory Condition*.
    >>
    >> The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    >> just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >>
    >> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >>
    >> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >> drive, just CD-ROM.
    >> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
    >> BIOS by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could
    >> change it anyway...
    >>
    >> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to
    >> boot from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a
    >> memory stick, could I use that instead?
    >>
    >> If not....now what?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >>
    >> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    >> climbing Everest!

    >
    > I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your
    > disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set to
    > 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.


    No help available...
    Is this the only way?



    >
    > But since you are partially sighted, may be you could get a friend to do
    > this for you. It is dead simple for someone handy with a screwdriver.
    >
    > I am naturally taking it for granted that this is a PC you've got


    Sorry, I though the subject line made that obvious....mea culpa
    rather
    > than a laptop which don't have provision for two optical drives anyway.
    > --
    > choro
    > *****
    >
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Re: Trying to *Dell Restore* my Dell Dimension XPS 9150 to factorycondition

    microsoft.news.com wrote:
    > I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    > Condition*.
    >
    > The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just
    > use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >
    > All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    > reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >
    > There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive,
    > just CD-ROM.
    > Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS by
    > pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    > anyway...
    >
    > Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot from
    > a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick, could
    > I use that instead?
    >
    > If not....now what?
    >
    >
    >
    > Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >
    > FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    > climbing Everest!
    >
    > --
    > Rog


    Your computer appears to have a "popup boot menu" option. According
    to this, you press F12 soon after pushing the power button, and a
    list of current storage devices should appear. If your DVD drive
    is really wired up and working, it should appear in the list.

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim9150/en/sm/syssetup.htm

    On my computer, I can leave the tray empty on any optical drive,
    press my popup boot menu key right after power up, and leave the
    list of devices on the screen. Then I can casually plop an optical
    disc in the tray, close the tray, wait 30 seconds for the media
    to spin up and be recognized.

    Then, it is a simple matter of selecting the drive with the
    recognized disc in it, as the boot device, and then off
    it goes.

    HTH,
    Paul
     
  7. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:%23qjc6nFGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    > > I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your
    > > disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set

    to
    > > 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.

    >
    > No help available...
    > Is this the only way?


    Hardly ever with PCs is there a single only way to do things
    -- but there is often a single fastest or easiest way, as here
    to configure your desktop beforehand to recognize only
    one CD drive (whatever is in place, whether DVD or CD
    so long as it is in good working order: a DVD drive before
    DVD drivers are loaded ought to be recognized as a CD
    RO drive.)

    The fastest way to do this is to inspect the data cables
    to your CD/DVD drives, leave connected only your good
    drive, jumpered as Master on that IDE line. The OS will
    then recognize this as Drive D (as your Dell Recovery
    disks expect.)

    If no help is available among your personal friends, the
    main alternatives seem to be:
    1. Take the computer and disks to a specialist PC
    repair shop, where the staff will probably (a) free or for
    a token sum verify drive configuration so you can
    reinstal yourself, or (b) reinstal the Dell/MS OS for
    $50 to $100.
    2. Appeal to local agencies (civic or charitable) that
    offer to help the handicapped.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  8. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You'll find assistance here:
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx

    microsoft.news.com wrote:
    > "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?

    >
    >
    > Nothing....
    >
    > I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
    >
    >>
    >> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    >> news:-OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    >>> Condition*.
    >>>
    >>> The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    >>> just
    >>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >>>
    >>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >>>
    >>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >>> drive,
    >>> just CD-ROM.
    >>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS
    >>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    >>> anyway...
    >>>
    >>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
    >>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
    >>> stick, could I use that instead?
    >>>
    >>> If not....now what?
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >>>
    >>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    >>> climbing Everest!
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Rog
     
  9. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    microsoft.news.com wrote:

    > I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    > *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for
    > dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    > All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    > reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    > There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    > drive, just CD-ROM.


    Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
    from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
    factory image restore operation? Obviously you aren't using the bad
    CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
    available during the restore.
     
  10. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:u0DhpLHGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > You'll find assistance here:
    > http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx



    TYVM


    >
    > microsoft.news.com wrote:
    >> "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?

    >>
    >>
    >> Nothing....
    >>
    >> I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in
    >>> message
    >>> news:-OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
    >>>> Condition*.
    >>>>
    >>>> The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    >>>> just
    >>>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >>>>
    >>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >>>>
    >>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >>>> drive,
    >>>> just CD-ROM.
    >>>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
    >>>> BIOS
    >>>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    >>>> anyway...
    >>>>
    >>>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
    >>>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
    >>>> stick, could I use that instead?
    >>>>
    >>>> If not....now what?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >>>>
    >>>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    >>>> climbing Everest!
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Rog

    >
     
  11. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    "Don Phillipson" <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote in message
    news:i0fmck$kil$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23qjc6nFGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    >> > I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your
    >> > disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set

    > to
    >> > 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.

    >>
    >> No help available...
    >> Is this the only way?

    >
    > Hardly ever with PCs is there a single only way to do things
    > -- but there is often a single fastest or easiest way, as here
    > to configure your desktop beforehand to recognize only
    > one CD drive (whatever is in place, whether DVD or CD
    > so long as it is in good working order: a DVD drive before
    > DVD drivers are loaded ought to be recognized as a CD
    > RO drive.)


    Not the easiest option for me, I can't see well enough.
    Hence my query about the possibility of usig a USB stick with the Dell disc
    copied to it.

    >
    > The fastest way to do this is to inspect the data cables
    > to your CD/DVD drives, leave connected only your good
    > drive, jumpered as Master on that IDE line. The OS will
    > then recognize this as Drive D (as your Dell Recovery
    > disks expect.)


    ??? I have a second internal HDD wwhich is already designate*D*

    >
    > If no help is available among your personal friends, the
    > main alternatives seem to be:
    > 1. Take the computer and disks to a specialist PC
    > repair shop, where the staff will probably (a) free or for
    > a token sum verify drive configuration so you can
    > reinstal yourself, or (b) reinstal the Dell/MS OS for
    > $50 to $100.
    > 2. Appeal to local agencies (civic or charitable) that
    > offer to help the handicapped.
    >
    > --
     
  12. microsoft.news.com

    microsoft.news.com Flightless Bird

    "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    news:i0fse0$gti$1@news.albasani.net...
    > microsoft.news.com wrote:
    >
    >> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    >> *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for
    >> dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >> drive, just CD-ROM.

    >
    > Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
    > from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
    > factory image restore operation? Obviously you aren't using the bad
    > CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
    > available during the restore.


    I couldn't figure out how to get the plugout...
    I'll have another try tomorrow.
     
  13. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Also see...

    PC Restore for Windows XP | Dell:
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=181316


    microsoft.news.com wrote:
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:u0DhpLHGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> You'll find assistance here:
    >> http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx

    >
    >
    > TYVM
    >
    >
    >>
    >> microsoft.news.com wrote:
    >>> "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
    >>> news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Nothing....
    >>>
    >>> I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in
    >>>> message
    >>>> news:-OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    >>>>> *factory
    >>>>> Condition*.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
    >>>>> just
    >>>>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >>>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >>>>>
    >>>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >>>>> drive,
    >>>>> just CD-ROM.
    >>>>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
    >>>>> BIOS
    >>>>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
    >>>>> anyway...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to
    >>>>> boot
    >>>>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
    >>>>> stick, could I use that instead?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If not....now what?
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
    >>>>> climbing Everest!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Rog
     
  14. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    microsoft.news.com wrote:

    > "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    > news:i0fse0$gti$1@news.albasani.net...
    >> microsoft.news.com wrote:
    >>
    >>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
    >>> *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has been dysfunctional for
    >>> dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
    >>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
    >>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
    >>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
    >>> drive, just CD-ROM.

    >>
    >> Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
    >> from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
    >> factory image restore operation? Obviously you aren't using the bad
    >> CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
    >> available during the restore.

    >
    > I couldn't figure out how to get the plugout...
    > I'll have another try tomorrow.


    While you gave the model, I don't have the inclination to check if that
    computer supports IDE, SATA, or both type of devices. If an IDE drive
    is included, it uses a 4-pin Molex connector. It may only support SATA
    drives.

    Molex power connector:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...onnector.jpg/800px-Molex_female_connector.jpg
    SATA power connector (the larger one shown on the *left*):
    http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages/200708/LGGSAH62N_sata2.jpg

    Just pull the 4-pin Molex connector straight out from the socket on the
    PCB on the CD-ROM drive. If it is stubborn, use a ViseGrip pliers on
    the plug, clamp it down, hold the grip end with one hand, and whack the
    palm of your other hand against the plier body. If it is stubborn to
    come out, it will probably be stubborn going back in so you need to be
    sure not to damage the "pins" (which are simply stamped metal) when
    reinserting.

    You need to feel when the female pins will line up and slide over the
    male pins to prevent smashing them. Most users just mash the plug into
    the socket without feeling if they actually mated up correctly. If the
    female pins have been squeezed too tight, or the female/male pins have
    oxide on them, they may stick.

    Although there is a small degree of polarization in the plug and socket
    bodies by having 2 angled corners (the others are square), it is
    possible to force in a 4-pin Molex plug upside down into the socket. Be
    sure the rounded or angled corners on the Molex plug line up with the
    same corners in the Molex socket. If the plug doesn't seem to want to
    go into the socket, wiggle it around to see if you can feel when the
    female pins happen to line up over the male pins. Unlike the trick of
    using a pliers to give you leverage (not at an angle but straight out)
    to remove the plug, only use your fingers to insert the plug.

    Be sure to use anti-static measure when working inside the case of your
    computer. If you have an anti-static wrist wrap then great. If you
    don't, keep one hand always on the chassis while using your other hand
    to remove and replace cables. In either case, make sure the computer's
    power cord is still plugged from the PSU to the wall socket (which must
    be grounded) so the chassis is actually grounded. In actuality, it is
    only required that your voltaic potential be the same as for the chassis
    and I've never had a problem if my feet are insulated (by wearing
    sneakers with their rubber/plastic soles) but I stay connected to the
    chassis to ensure my voltaic potential equals that for the chassis. It
    is a *difference* in potential that destroys. Grounding of the user and
    grounding of the chassis simply ensures they're all equal. Grounding of
    the user beforehand ensures to dissipate any charge they accumulated
    when walking across the carpet to work on their computer, as long as the
    computer chassis is also grounded.

    The Molex connectors rely on pressure (of the split female pin sliding
    onto and grabbing the male pin). Most SATA power connectors just pull
    out; however, it is possible there is a secure tab to keep it locked in
    place where you have to depress the tang to release the locking tang,
    like:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3rJYfhmJ2...20/internal-sata-latching-connector-cable.jpg

    There is another way to do this. Boot into the system BIOS. Go into
    the screens that control into the controller configurations. If the
    CD-ROM and DVD-ROM devices are on different controllers, you can
    probably disable the controller used for the problematic CD-ROM drive.
    When you disable a controller, everything connected to it becomes
    inaccessible. For IDE controllers, there are 2 devices: master and
    slave. If only 1 device is connected to an IDE controller, you can
    disable it. If 2 devices are connected to that IDE controller, both
    become inaccessible. Each SATA device gets its own controller but
    you'll have to see if your BIOS lets you individually disable each SATA
    controller.

    I've done this several times where I install Windows on a SATA drive
    where there exists and IDE drive in the system. Windows screws up by
    installing its loader on the IDE drive but the rest of it on the SATA
    drive and I get multiple drive letters to manage. I just want Windows
    on the SATA drive, so I configure the BIOS to boot first from the CD-ROM
    drive (to use the install media) and then from the SATA drive, but I
    have to disable the IDE controller to the IDE drive so Windows can't see
    it nor can it use it in any way. Disabling controllers in the BIOS lets
    you make invisible some devices to get them out of the way.

    If the CD-ROM and DVD-RW drives are IDE and on the same IDE controller
    then disabling that IDE controller in BIOS means both optical drives
    become inaccessible. So you'll have to pull the power from the CD-ROM
    drive to get it out of the way.
     

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