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no boot device available sata 0: installed sata 1: installed sata 2: none sata 3: non

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  1. ny941932

    ny941932 Thread Starter

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    Please help.
    I've been getting this message for about a month. However, after rebooting sometimes once, sometimes several times the computer eventually boots up. After reading multiple posts on similar issues, I went and got a new hard drive. I backed up all the files and was going to reinstall evertyhing from scratch onto this new hard drive. I took the old one out and put in the new one. I get the same message when it tries to boot.
    At this point I swapped the drives again (the old one is back in).
    I am at a loss.
    Am I doing something wrong when I'm installing the new drive? Why am I getting the same message with this new drive?
    System specs:
    Inspiron 531
    Vista
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+ 2.81 GHz
    2GB RAM

    Thank you.
     
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

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    With the new drive installed .. Are you trying to boot from the recovery DVDs ???
    The new drive should be the only drive installed when you're attempting a recovery
     
  3. ny941932

    ny941932 Thread Starter

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    all i did was pop in the new drive and turn on the computer. i thought i would then be able to put in a windows operating system installation CD.
     
  4. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

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    You have to install an operating system on the New HDD ..
    It's currently Blank .. (no system to boot from)
    Normally, This is done with a Windows CD or the Dell recovery DVDs

    Put in the Dell recovery DVDs .. Then turn on the computer
     
  5. ny941932

    ny941932 Thread Starter

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    I understand, as far as installing Windows from a CD in order to boot.

    I'm still unsure whether to go through all this. Do you think my current hard drive is going bad based on the booting problems I've been having?

    P.S. I have an identical computer that is absolutely fine: boots up normally.
     
  6. Noyb

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    It's hard to tell without testing the old HDD .. And reloading a fresh copy of Windows on it.
     
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