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#1 gotsaed

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:41 AM

I have a blank hard drive (used) that i want to install windows 7 on, but all i get is "ntdlr is missing. The computer i have has a hard drive of only 40 gb. and blank has 160 gb. it seems to be running fine,no klicking sounds. I would like to use the 160 gb as the boot drive.

 

Is there a program that can check the drive and if it is OK mechanically - then get it ready for installing. 



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:58 AM

Hi

 

If the 40GB. hard drive is still in the system, disconnect the drive before attempting the install Windows 7 to the 160GB.

 

Lots of luck and Please keep BC posted!



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 09:17 AM

Hi old rocker

 

i followed your instructions and got to installing windows then it says "no drives were found. click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation"

where do I find that and how do I install it?



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 09:57 AM

You can visit this link for more info...
http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/windows-7-installation-problem-hard-drive-not-found

 

Basically what it boils down to is...
Visit the support section, Drivers and Downloads Manufacturers website for your computer. Download the storage control driver to a usb drive. Refer to steps 3 - 5 to complete the drive recognition process and install windows.

 

Another option, You can use a tool like Macrium
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

Create an image of the 40GB drive to the 160GB drive.I would only consider this option if you have no doubt that your system is working normal and virus/spyware/trojan free under the current O/S. Otherwise...

There's nothing like a fresh installation of Windows!



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 08:45 AM

I have tried everything you suggested and everything I could think of. no luck. the drive just won't show . I tried having the machine open and the 160 drive as number 2 and alone - doesn't show.

The Macrium tool is fine but it doesn't help either

I would like a fresh installation of Windows!



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 09:14 AM

What is the Make and Model of this system?

Is the Hard Drive being identified in the BIOS (System Setup Program)? 

When you get to the window shown in the attachment, with the USB drive inserted, you click load driver, click OK and select the driver. What happens?

Who manufactured the drive?


Edited by old rocker, 01 October 2014 - 09:21 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:46 PM

Check the jumpers, many late drives run with no jumpers.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

Its a Dell optiplex 

Man you really know the right questions to ask  :clapping: there are four sata connections and only one of them are on in bios - as soon as I turned them on I could see the drive. I just didn't think of that.

thanks a lot  Old Rocker

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 04:38 PM

Way to Go!

Guess it's true...

2 heads are better than 1 (applies to beer also)!

Glad to hear you are Rockin again : :guitar:

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:27 PM

PUPPIES!!!!   1940


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Posted 02 October 2014 - 11:19 AM

Hi

sorry to trouble you again. the 160 gb drive is working fine as is the whole computer but when i try to remove the little drive it will not boot up (mbr is missing) The little drive is (C:) and the big one is (E:) I expect that has something to do with it i'm just unsure how to change it so that it works



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 11:51 AM

No trouble at all!

 

Have you been able to boot into the New Installation (Win 7 on 160GB)?

 

Is 40GB still connected to the system?

 

Do you have a dual boot setup with both drives connected?



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 12:40 PM

Yes I am able to boot into the New Installation (Win 7 on 160GB) as (E:)

The 40GB is still connected to the system as (C:) 

there is a dual boot setup with both drives connected so I can choose Win 7 Ult 160 or Win 7 pro 40



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 01:01 PM

Ok, so when you boot into the 160GB (Win 7 Ult. and open Windows Explorer...

 

Drive C = 160GB and Drive E= 40GB

 

and when you boot into the 40GB (Win 7 Pro. and open Windows Explorer...

 

Drive C= 40GB and Drive E=160GB

 

Yes / No

 

Are you planning on keeping both drives connected and accessible in a dual boot configuration? 

 

Yes / No



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 01:10 PM

No Win 7 ult says Drive C= 40GB and Drive E=160GB  and Win 7 pro says the same

 

No I don't want to keep the 40 GB






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