I guess that's what I'll end up doing, mate. I'm currently trying to do exactly that. I'll post a new update.It may not boot to your 3rd drive because the settings is different to what you have (ie UEFI/Legacy, ACHI/Raid) but no doubt once you recover the files from that drive, you can format it and reuse it.
Typically on the Dells I work on, the legacy mode is enabled when Secure Boot is disabled but you have mentioned that it is... so I really don't know much about the system. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer of the machine to see what they say since I can't determine the actual release date of that machine.
Thank you! That completely worked for installing Windows on my stepfather's computer with my HD.I think you need to convert that HD from MBR to GPT before you install Windows on it. If there is no legacy option, that means your laptop must use UEFI, and UEFI requires a GPT partition scheme. What you show with that "Drive 0 - Partition 1 -...-Type MSR (Reserved)..." indicates an MBR partition scheme. There would be an EFI partition if it was using GPT.
Converting to GPT (with diskpart) will remove all data from the drive, so ensure you copy anything you need from the drive off of it before doing the following.
Boot to the Windows Installer, set Language + Keyboard layout, then open Command Prompt with shift+F10, and run these commands:
- this shows a list of disks in the system. Determine the number of the one you want to install Windows on.
Also check the GPT column in the list. An asterisk in the column means that disk uses GPT, the lack of one means it uses MBR
select disk X
- where X is the number of the disk you want to install windows on that you obtained from the list.
- this removes all partitions on the drive (ensure you backed things up BEFORE doing this step)
Quit out of diskpart/command prompt, go back to Windows Install and it should install now, and boot correctly.
Hmm, I was trying to format it via command prompt, by using clean and format fs=ntfs, but it simply won't clean. I type clean and get absolutely nothing, not even an error message, so I assumed this also may be because of some physical connection problem. Still, I'll try to format it once more and try again, thank you!Those errors are indicative of a corrupt HDD. It could be the cable, but I would first try installing a different HDD, so as to rule out the problem being the current HDD.
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