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August 27, 2013 12:16:46 PM

Hi, I need some help with this as I've been tearing my hair out!

My laptop's hard drive died a few weeks back. I've got a new hard drive and popped it in, and gotten a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on disc to install it. I've got in the BIOS the disc drive as the first choice to boot from, and I've even selected it by hand through F10 at the manufacturer's logo.

What am I doing wrong? I've been trying everything for the past few hours and nothing has helped.

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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:21:47 PM

What make/model of laptop are you using? You have to boot from the DVD to install Win 7 to the hard drive first and then you can boot directly to it later.
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a c 518 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:21:59 PM

beab said:
Hi, I need some help with this as I've been tearing my hair out!

My laptop's hard drive died a few weeks back. I've got a new hard drive and popped it in, and gotten a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on disc to install it. I've got in the BIOS the disc drive as the first choice to boot from, and I've even selected it by hand through F10 at the manufacturer's logo.

What am I doing wrong? I've been trying everything for the past few hours and nothing has helped.


What is in the boot order? The new hard drive, or the DVD drive?
You want the DVD drive...
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August 27, 2013 12:25:13 PM

I already said that the disc drive (the DVD) is already first priority in BIOS...

My laptop make is a Toshiba Satellite C850-1KN. It originally had Windows 8 (self-installing) on the old hard drive, but since that isn't sold unless it's an upgrade I've got a copy of Windows 7 to stick on there first.
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:28:57 PM

Where did you get your copy of Win 7? Is it a commercial or OEM DVD? Or, did you download a copy? If you downloaded a copy, did your burn the ISO to DVD or only copy the ISO to DVD?
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August 27, 2013 12:30:04 PM

It's a copy, burnt as an ISO onto the DVD using ImgBurn and burnt as an executable install disc.
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:32:48 PM

When you burn a legitimate Win 7 ISO to DVD, you don't need to use any "burn as executable" settings. I suggest just burning a new copy and trying again.
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August 27, 2013 12:40:28 PM

I've done both and neither has worked. I've gone through 5 DVD-R's already today. Any ideas? I haven't got a USB drive to use that's large enough either.
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:45:46 PM

Go into your BIOS and find the setting to disable Secure Boot and save (after disabling). Then try again.
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August 27, 2013 12:52:46 PM

Already did that as well, didn't work.
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:56:12 PM

Do you have access to a USB DVD drive?
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a c 518 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 12:57:22 PM

beab said:
I've done both and neither has worked. I've gone through 5 DVD-R's already today. Any ideas? I haven't got a USB drive to use that's large enough either.


What s/w are you using to burn, and what were the exact steps/choices. Still sounds like an incorrect copy on the DVD.

For instance...CDBurnerXP (what I use) has a choice for "Burn ISO image". This writes it properly to the DVD.
'Copy' or 'make executable' won't do it.
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August 27, 2013 12:58:16 PM

Not one big enough for Windows 7 sadly. The thing is, I tested the disc on the computer I'm using now and it works perfectly.
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August 27, 2013 1:03:22 PM

I already said I used ImgBurn and didn't just copy the files, I made a disc that can be used as an install disc and works on the desktop I'm using now, but NOT my laptop. It was written properly to the DVD and does work, but my laptop doesn't pick it up and detect it.
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
August 27, 2013 1:03:23 PM

beab said:
Not one big enough for Windows 7 sadly. The thing is, I tested the disc on the computer I'm using now and it works perfectly.

I was asking if you had access to a USB DVD drive, not a "thumb drive". USAFRet is right, this is either an ISO image issue or an optical drive issue in your Satellite (at this point).
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August 27, 2013 1:05:56 PM

As I said, the disc does work so I presume it's something wrong with my optical drive?

And no, I have no access to a USB Disc Drive unfortunately. I presume if I tried with a USB one and it worked then I'd know my internal disc drive is broken.
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