We were given a Dell Optiplex GX 620 that wouldn't boot (amber light). The problem was a mangled front USB port. They gave us the computer to keep so instead of taking multiple hours cleaning up the hard drive (this will be used for my young son and it belonged to an adult male with possibly adult content on it), I decided to take an old Vista hard drive from an eMachine with a bad power box and drop it in the Optiplex.
Well, I discovered that Dell does not release any Visa drivers for this model but many people are properly running Vista and Win 7 both in 32 and 64 bit versions - so it can be done. Anyway, I'm not sure how to go about getting it to boot into this hard drive. When I start up, it gives me the "Startup Repair" or "Normal Startup" window. I've attempted the startup repair multiple times and each time it fails. Starting up normally does not work either. It just reboots itself and gets me back to the same window.
I can enter into the Boot options and get into the diagnostics. I can view restore points but attempting to restore to the most recent restore fails as well.
Any ideas or solutions would be great! Thanks