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Reboot loop, cant boot from CD drive either!

I put my hard drive with windows 7 already installed into a dell optilex 760, but when I turn it on it gets to the 'starting windows' screen but then reboots itself! I then tried to boot from CD drive with my windows 7 disk but it tells me the selected boot device not availble - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics. I have no idea what to do next! Thanks for reading.
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  1. Wipe the Hard Disk before setting up with laptop .
    Then boot from cd/dvd/usb drive to re install windows again fresh.
  2. kushvyas said:
    Wipe the Hard Disk before setting up with laptop .
    Then boot from cd/dvd/usb drive to re install windows again fresh.


    My computer won't let me boot from CD drive? Any idea why?
  3. Best answer
    If you took hdd preinstalled with windows 7 on other machine it might not work with you other (current laptop).
    I think you should put it back in the old machine and Format it i.e wipe it clean then install it in laptop and boot from cd/dvd.

    btw in order to boot from cd/dvd you have to change settings in BIOS (Boot Priority) , i think default key is delete or f2.
  4. kushvyas said:
    If you took hdd preinstalled with windows 7 on other machine it might not work with you other (current laptop).
    I think you should put it back in the old machine and Format it i.e wipe it clean then install it in laptop and boot from cd/dvd.

    btw in order to boot from cd/dvd you have to change settings in BIOS (Boot Priority) , i think default key is delete or f2.


    Okay I will try this, I'll put the hard drive back in the original computer and format it. Also on the new computer I have changed the settings in BIOS to boot from CD drive first, but it tells me the selected boot device not availble - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics. Not sure why it's saying this?
  5. That would most probable work and if it says boot drive not available and you need it work urgently i suggest you boot with USB Stick.
  6. kushvyas said:
    That would most probable work and if it says boot drive not available and you need it work urgently i suggest you boot with USB Stick.


    I think the USB and CD drive are under the same boot, when I go to choose my boot sequence it says 'onboard or USB CD-ROM drive' so if it dosnt work for CD surly It won't work for USB?
  7. USB CD-ROM is External dvd/cd Rom Not Internal one , you are getting it wrong it.
  8. kushvyas said:
    USB CD-ROM is External dvd/cd Rom Not Internal one , you are getting it wrong it.


    But it says 'onboard' so that means its the initial one aswell?
  9. List out all options available there may be it will help.
  10. kushvyas said:
    List out all options available there may be it will help.


    SATA0-ST3250830AS
    Onboard SATA Hard drive
    Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
    Onboard or USB Floppy drive
    Unknown device
    Unknown device

    Sorry I'm not very gifted in this sort of thing :) haha
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