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ritkit03
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New drive iinstalled but does not boot after windows system restore

Dell 2305 Inspiron 4GB - by way of explanation, I installed a Seagate drive to replace failed drive. I ran the system restore disks and everything was moving along. all of a sudden it went to cmd window with "unable to locate a valid partition to mount drive" or words to that effect.  The windows seven forum says that the new drive is fine but is looking for a partition that may have been on the old drive - which I guess got copied onto the system restore disks. Can anyone help me with this? I would appreciate it as it looks like everything was moving along until I reached this point. Almost to the end of all programs etc being installed, Thanks.

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RE: New drive iinstalled but does not boot after windows system restore

ritkit03,

You would first need to format the new hard drive  before installing Windows.

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

Click Install Now

Accept License Agreement

When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

Click Drive Options

Select the drive/s click Delete

Click New

Click Apply

Click OK

Click Format and click Next to proceed with the installation


How to clean install Windows 7 Professional on a new Hard Drive on a Dell PC
http://dell.to/2jiw9ll

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