Missing Media Drive Icon After a Cold Boot/Resuming from Standby

Missing Media Drive Icon After a Cold Boot/Resuming from Standby

There has been much speculations on the said issue lately in the Dell Community and suggestions and investigation are compiling up without a definite point-of-failure of a missing HDD after a cold shutdown and/or resuming from standby. So far, the issue affects random types of Dell computers, adding up to its unusual behavior.

The root cause is really hard to figure out but Dell proactively released a fix through an updated firmware from their website. Download the HDD Firmware Update version 7.12, A01 to fix the issue.


Slow Data Transfer on Slave Drive on a Dell Desktop System

Have you noticed a sluggishness in data transfer on your slave (secondary) drive that you add on a DELL desktop system? It runs extremely slow when copying/transferring files that it just boils you up to hell?

Here’s the solution:

The DELL BIOS does not actually enable DMA on the second IDE device on a given IDE channel by default (as DELL systems are configured to strict cable select).

You can just enter the BIOS (System Setup) by continually hitting F2 (that’s one of the function keys on keyboard) while the system is booting before it goes to the Windows Loading screen. In the BIOS, just change the setting on secondary master drive from “OFF” to “AUTO”.