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No boot device avalable

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January 31, 2010 4:02:15 PM

I am trying to install a new hard drive on a dell dimension but keep getting the message no boot device avaliable which i got with the old drive too so what do i do

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a b V Motherboard
January 31, 2010 8:33:44 PM

Do you have an OS installed on another drive? Or are you trying to install the OS on this new drive?
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a b V Motherboard
January 31, 2010 9:16:25 PM

Does the hard drive show up in the BIOS?
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a b V Motherboard
January 31, 2010 9:30:00 PM

IF it is a new HDD and is the only one that will be in the system - you need to boot from the windows DVD (might have to make sure the CDRom device is on the boot list above the HDD) and then it will start the setup for installing the OS onto your new HDD. Until you have installed the OS the new HDD does not have the boot files on it so will nnot show up as a boot device. (as part of the windows install it will format and add the boot files to the HDD)
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a b V Motherboard
January 31, 2010 11:32:22 PM

Maybe your cable is bad.
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February 21, 2010 8:20:07 PM

I believe the power supply was messing up but thanks for everyone help


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