Dell Hard Drive Error Codes: What They Mean and How to Fix Them

Getting an error message of any kind can be nerve-racking, but one related to your hard drive can be even more stressful. Everything from your work to your precious family photographs could be stored on there, and unless you’ve got it all backed up, there’s a chance you’ll lose it.

If you see any of these error codes below, the odds are that your hard drive has failed or is near failure. Recovery software does not work on a failed drive, so if the data on your failed hard drive is important, you will need the services of a professional data recovery lab.

With no moving parts, SSDs (Solid State Drives) are becoming more popular as replacements to standard spinning-disk hard drives. If you just looking to replace a hard drive after getting one of the error codes on this page, here are a few SSD choices we recommend:

The Most Common Dell Hard Drive Error Codes

PSA 1000-0142 and ePSA 2000-0142

Error Message: Drive self test failed or Self test unsuccessful

This is a common error code which, in short, means your hard disk drive has failed. The Dell manual suggests reconnecting the SATA cables on the hard drive, but in our experiences, unless the desktop/laptop has had a major drop or collision, it isn’t the cables.

The probable cause for the error is that your hard drive is dead. You can read our guide to the 0142 error for more information. It also includes a case study involving the Dell error code, so you can see other possible reasons for it. Read more about the Dell 0142 error:

Dell Error Code 0142: What It Is and How to Fix It

Error code 2000-0142 with hard disk short DST failed error message
Error code 2000-0142 with hard disk short DST failed error message

PSA 2000-0141 and ePSA 2000-0141

Error Message: Hard Drive – No drive detected

This is one of the most common error codes seen and it basically means your system BIOS can’t detect a hard drive. If it can’t detect the hard drive, it can’t load the operating system, and that means you can’t use your computer.

There are a few reasons this happens and it could be an easy fix.

  • Your SATA/IDE cable may not be connected properly. Make sure it is connected properly and restart.
  • Your SATA/IDE cable may be damaged. Connect a good cable and restart.
  • Update to the latest BIOS and hard drive firmware and restart.
  • The BIOS could be corrupt. Remove the CMOS battery for several seconds. That will clear the CMOS memory and reset the BIOS settings to default. Replace and restart the system.
  • Worst case is hard disk failure. You can diagnose this with a DST (disk self-test). Unfortunately the only way to resolve this is by replacing the drive.

Get a more detailed explanation about Dell Error Code 0141:

Dell Error Code 0141: What Is Is and How to Fix It

ePSA 2000-0150

Error Message: Hard Drive – No drive detected

On some systems, error code 0150 actually replaces the 0141 code, so it’s basically the same thing. Use the same methods above to try and solve the issue.

Other Dell Hard Drive Errors You May Encounter

PSA 1001-0143 and ePSA 2000-0143

Error Message: Hard Drive – SMART read command unsuccessful

This means your hard disk drive has encountered a failure.

PSA 1000-0144 and ePSA 2000-0144

Error Message: Hard Drive – No support for drive self test

This means your hard drive is indicating a failure and needs to be replaced.

PSA 1000-0145 and aPSA 2000-0145

Error Message: Timeout waiting for Drive Self Test to complete or Self test did not complete

This error means the last hard drive test didn’t complete.

PSA 1000-0146 and ePSA 2000-0146

Error Message: Hard Drive – Self test log contains previous errors

Your hard drive has indicated a failure.

ePSA 2000-0151

Error Message: Hard Drive – Incorrect Status

This error code means the SMART Predictive Failure has failed. SMART is a technology designed to warn you when your disk drive has become unreliable. Unfortunately, in many 0151 error cases, your hard drive is either nearing the end of its life or it has already failed.

ePSA 2000-0153

Error Message: Hard Drive – Removable Hard Drive – Incorrect status

This means your removable hard drive can’t be accessed. To check why, carry out the following:

  • Where possible, make sure it is connected properly. 

ePSA 2000-0155

Error Message: Hard Drive – Not installed

This error code is specifically for notebooks with a hard disk drive. Try the methods below to help fix the issue.

  • Make sure your hard drive it connected properly.

ePSA 2000-0723

Error Message: Hard Drive – Drive error detected

With this error code, it means your BIOS has detected a hard drive issue.

If Your Error Code is Not Listed

There are many error codes you could come across on your Dell computer, and we have listed the most common ones for hard drives. If the one you see on your computer is not listed here, there is a full glossary, which should help you fix it.

If Your Hard Drive Has Failed

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having your hard drive fail, you should consider sending it in to a professional data recovery lab for an evaluation. Anything can be lost when your hard drive stops working and if you haven’t backed them up, how do you get it back?

You can send it to Gillware’s data recovery lab. Here we can recover data that’s stored on a HDD, SSD and more. Plus, we have a special partnership with Dell and our Dell data recovery experts are able to provide affordable, world-class services to Dell customers. We offer a completely secure service to keep our customers happy.

Computer error codes can be scary to see. While many are easy fixes, some indicate failure of important parts of your computer, including your hard drive. If you suspect problems with your hard drive, do the right thing and get it look at by professionals.