RE: Windows 7 reinstall on new SATA drive
Dell support was completely useless and didn't even try to help. MSFT tech support tried really hard, but wasn't able to help. Thanks to Speedstep for trying, good info and thorough. But, after 2 weeks of searching finally found this link that allows you to manually setup a partition in DOS. It was simple after that as you might expect.
I didn't use this one, but it has instructions for keeping separate partitions which I would have liked to have tried for a backup partition. Seems pretty straightforward though.