Trouble installing a new hard drive.


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topgooner71

Hi all, hope someone here can help.
I have a dell vostro laptop running windows 7.

Got myself a new 500Gb hard drive and set about installing it this
weekend.

Backed everything up. Flipped the laptop, took the drive out, put the
new one in.

All good so far..
Turn the machine on, and it keep coming up with "bootmger is missing"
ctl/alt/delete to restart.

Ok, so I restarted it, and used the cd drive to boot the machine.
(windows 7 disc).. gets part of the way and then hangs.

Tried it a few times today with no luck. so now I am back with the
original hd in the machine and asking for help...
anyoe out there able to assist please?
thanks.

Charlie.
 
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Mike Easter

topgooner71 said:
Ok, so I restarted it, and used the cd drive to boot the machine.
(windows 7 disc).. gets part of the way and then hangs.

This is a completely inadequate explanation of the problem.

Here^1 are 50+ screenshots of installing Win7 on a new hdd, from
preinstall to partition and format to install.

How far are you getting and what does 'hang' mean in this context?

The .jpg screenshots have names like indexfnn.jpg where nn is a number.

^1
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/win7ultimate/windows7installguides/indexfullpage.htm
Microsoft's Windows 7 Ultimate Fresh/clean Install Guide step by step
 
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topgooner71

Can you get your CD to boot properly with *no* hard drive installed?
Maybe your disc (or disc drive) is crap?- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -

Hi both thanks for the replies.
have had enough of this now and am off to bed. Will have a look
through the guide tomorrow and let you know where I am getting and
what is happening.

thanks again.

Charlie
 
C

Conor

Hi all, hope someone here can help.
I have a dell vostro laptop running windows 7.

Got myself a new 500Gb hard drive and set about installing it this
weekend.

Backed everything up. Flipped the laptop, took the drive out, put the
new one in.

All good so far..
Turn the machine on, and it keep coming up with "bootmger is missing"
ctl/alt/delete to restart.
Of course it does, there's nothing on the new hard drive.
Ok, so I restarted it, and used the cd drive to boot the machine.
(windows 7 disc).. gets part of the way and then hangs.
It hasn't. It just looks like it has. It can take a good 20 minutes
before it continues to the next step.
Tried it a few times today with no luck. so now I am back with the
original hd in the machine and asking for help...
anyoe out there able to assist please?
thanks.

Yes. See above.
 
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Man-wai Chang to The Door (33600bps)

Got myself a new 500Gb hard drive and set about installing it this
weekend.
Backed everything up. Flipped the laptop, took the drive out, put the
new one in.
Turn the machine on, and it keep coming up with "bootmger is missing"
ctl/alt/delete to restart.

You can't use drag-and-drop to copy the MBR & Window$ system files from
the old disk to the new one. You need something like Norton Ghost or
Linux's dd to do it.

I suggest you re-install Window$ on the new hard disk, then copy data
from the old disk into the new one via a USB drive enclosure or related
tools.

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Flasherly

Hi all, hope someone here can help.
I have a dell vostro laptop running windows 7.

Got myself a new 500Gb hard drive and set about installing it this
weekend.

Backed everything up. Flipped the laptop, took the drive out, put the
new one in.

All good so far..
Turn the machine on, and it keep coming up with "bootmger is missing"
ctl/alt/delete to restart.

Ok, so I restarted it, and used the cd drive to boot the machine.
(windows 7 disc).. gets part of the way and then hangs.

Tried it a few times today with no luck. so now I am back with the
original hd in the machine and asking for help...
anyoe out there able to assist please?
thanks.

Charlie.

Double check the BIOS for the HD being recognized and might want to
format the drive first. Laptops aren't my favorite thing to "rebuild"
-- unlike a simple download of updated drivers and utilities for a
motherboard, laps may involve something of an individual "personality"
individual manufacturers more or less provide to people presumably
capable of researching them before shelling down hard-earned money for
a laptop. May also want to check their site for any literature about
installing drives, if any hardwired limits are coded into its
firmware. If the drive that came out from a time they built your lap,
say is an 80 or 120G, hopefully you'll be able to reteach it, in case
it doesn't speak 500G-ese. Make one partition on that new 500G drive,
the same size as the old, nothing more, and try sticking it in for
giggles.
 
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topgooner71

Hi all.
Looks like it was a problem with the disc. I burnt another copy using
a different program, and worked perfectly.

Thanks lots for the advice.

Charlie
 
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Flasherly

Hi all.
Looks like it was a problem with the disc. I burnt another copy using
a different program, and worked perfectly.

Thanks lots for the advice.

Charlie

Things happen. Just had a friend by and put his computer on a
cardtable to clean up, update a couple programs, when my computer
crashed. After a couple Ghosted binary OS backups, still getting blue
deaths. He started saying inane things, (isn't literate enough to use
Ghost, but have him convinced it's really a great program), so I sent
him home. Scratched my head only once, then hooked up the spare but
dormant 140mm fan at the top of a new case I installed a few weeks
ago. Yep, good ol' temperature finicky AMDs and summer time around
the corner. I've also had that happen, just never with Nero.
 

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