Dell optiplex 170l boot problems

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I replaced a hard drive and I can not reboot windows, after I select IDE CD-ROM Device ask for F1 to continue but send message No boot device available, what is wrong?
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  1. you need to do a fresh install of windows when you replace the hard disk.

    Here are detailed step by step instructions with pictures:

    How Do I Perform a Clean Installation of Windows?
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    Hello,
    I replaced a hard drive and I can not reboot windows, after I select IDE CD-ROM Device ask for F1 to continue but send message No boot device available, what is wrong?



    Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

    In that circumstance, it would seem the CD ROM hasn't got a bootable system disk in it. Did the hard disk you replaced have Windows installed on it? If it has, the CD ROM should have a bootable XP CD in so you can start a new installation. Also, you might go back in the box to check the IDE connections. Does BIOS report the new drive and the CD ROM a being present?

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