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How do I do a clean install of Windows 7 on Dell Inspiron 7520 (a.k.a. Inspiron 15R Special Edition)

The operating system that is pre-loaded on my Dell Inspiron 7520 (a.ka. Inspiron 15R Special Edition) is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. I have a retail version of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate and wish to do a clean install on my laptop PC.

My laptop was able to boot up from the retail disk.

After clicking "Install Now" and accepting the terms and conditions of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, I checked the box "Custom (advanced" setup in which a new copy of Windows would be installed. The next screen that popped up contained the following bizzare message: No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation".

Could someone tell me where and how to locate the mass storage driver?

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I am also having the exact same problem:

After getting BSODs (which pointed to iaStor.sys) every 20min or so I decided to format the laptop and install my pre-owned copy of Win7 Pro SP1. I popped in the Win7 DVD and saw that the windows setup couldn´t find any HDD to install on.

I downloaded the drivers from Intel (f6flpy-x64) and burnt them onto a CD. It took me a few tries (I kept getting error messages), but eventually the computer accepted the Intel Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller drivers.

Finally, I could see the drives. So I deleted the 1TB partition, created two new partitions (~ 100gb and 890gb) and clicked on "format" on both of them.

But when I tried to select ANY of them as the destination drive for Windows, I got the following message:

"Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3. Details: Windows in unable to install to the selected location. Error 0x80300001."

So now when I turn on my laptop (since there is no operating system or ANYTHING), I get a black screen with the following message:

"Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start; A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

blablabla (nothing really helpful)

Status: 0xc0000034

Info: An unexpected error has ocurred."

Before reading this thread I also tried to change the SATA settings do AHCI and ATA, but both produce YET ANOTHER problem: Windows setup recognizes the HDDs, but it never gets past 0% from the "expanding files" stage of the installation.

Please, can ANYONE help?

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what can i do to my dell i have my new hard drive. i cant re install my os i don't have a backup.. because of my new hard drive tnx plss help me 

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Hi innogen,

Welcome to the Community,

Access System Setup(BIOS) by pressing <F2> at start up (Dell logo). On System Set up screen under Main look for Fixed HDD  and see if its getting detected.Than go to advanced tab on the top,check for SATA operation  and see if its set to Intel Smart Response Technology.

If you don't see the above settings,restore BIOS to default settings by pressing F9 and than press F10 to save and exit.

Than try reinstalling the Windows again and see if it works.

Let me know if you need more help.

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Hi 

I wanted to install Windows 7 Ultimate on my Inspiron SE (with SSD). So I ran Win7 setup in the usual method, but found that setup couldn't find the HDD. So in BIOS, I (maybe stupidly) changed the SATA Operation option (under "Advance") from Intel Smart Response Technology to ATA, then re-ran setup. This was successful and I was able to successfully install Win7 Ultimate (except that Win7 doesn't have wireless drivers that work with the Inspiron SE). I then went back into BIOS, changed from ATA back to Intel SRT and rebooted. And .....

BSOD!

If I change back to ATA in BIOS, no problems – the PC boots fine. But BSOD if I change to Intel SRT and reboot.

Anyone have any idea what I can do to re-enable Intel SRT successfully? Am I doing something stupid?

Thanks

Carl

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Hi Carl,

Go to www.support.dell.com,Drivers and Downloads,Enter service tag number and select operating system.It will give you the list of drivers.Install the Chipset drivers and see if it helps to fix the bluescreen.Than install the other drivers including the wireless card driver (network).

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Hi Roshan

No, it blue screens during windows loading - I can't load any drivers.

Carl

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On another forum, I've been told that, to install a different version of Windows 7, I have to :

".... put the HDD in RAID(SRT) mode in BIOS. Then unplug the mSATA SSD (it's easily located in the manual) so Windows doesnt copy any system files to it.

Reconnect it after Windows is installed & activate SRT using Intels software which you can download the latest drivers from their site."

I've tried everything else, so I want to give this a go.

My question is, where the hell is the mSATA SSD? The manual I downloaded  from the Dell website DOES NOT MENTION it!!! Ridiculous! I know my 15R SE has one, because BIOS reports a 32GB mSATA SSD.

Can someone tell me where I can find the mSATA SSD, please.

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Hi Roshan,

From your reply it seems that you have not had direct personal experience in handling Dell Inspiron 15R SE machines.

The moment you switch, under BIOS --> SATA Operation, from "Intel Smart Response" to "AHCI", there is a strong possibility that you lose all the OS and all its data and applications installed on it.

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Carl,

What is the name of the "other" forum? Perhaps we can find a better solution there.

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Hi Innogen

The "other" forum is www.whirlpool.net.au.

Unfortunately, beyond what I posted earlier, it has not helped me either.

I can't believe that the manual for the 15R SE DOESN'T have anything about the mSATA. The manual for the 17R SE does, but it's internal layout is very different to the 15R.

Does anyone on this forum know how to get physical access to the mSATA SSD onboard the Dell 15R SE (Dell Inspiron 7520)?

Thanks

Carl

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Hi Carl,

Click the following link to download the owner's manual for Dell Inspiron 15R: rapidshare.com/.../Dell_Inspiron_15R_SE_owner_s_manual.pdf

According to Dell Support, the configuration of 15R SE is similar to 15R. The mSATA card is known as the "daughter card" in the manual.

If I were you I would hesitate to remove/disable the daughter card as it involves removing the display screen and many other pieces of hardware. It is buried deep inside the laptop.

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