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Posted 13 August 2011 - 07:11 AM
Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:21 AM
If so, set this to the DVD-drive, and reboot with the installation disk in place.
It might or might not work, but it's step 1.
It is possible that Dell requires you to give an administrator password or something, refer to the manual for this, or the Dell helpdesk.
Note: re-installing the OS will cause you to lose all data currently placed on the system drive (C:\ for example)
Note 2: there's a lot to find about "partitioning" and "recovery disc" here at GeeksToGo!tm
Posted 13 August 2011 - 05:44 PM
Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:53 AM
From your OP;
From post #3;
but its not showing a partition or a hard drive what so ever. the
The HDD may be physically present but it is clearly not mechanically working, is it listed in the BIOS? If not physically remove the HDD, check it for damage/dust then clean the contacts before replacing the drive, you could also remove the CMOS battery to restore the MB back to the factory default settings, let us know if you require assistance with this.
it just wont create the partition because apparently there is no partition or hard drive present, when it is clearly there plugged in.
You say you are attempting to partition the HDD and do a fresh install of W7, are you aware that you need to either format the present partition or create a new partition before being able to do the install either way you must format part if not all of the HDD first this was the reason Amst3rDamag3 brought to your attention that the present data on the HDD will be lost, check out the attached link for guidance http://www.sevenforu...indows-7-a.html Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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