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Windows 7: Dell Latitude won't load Windows 7 from disk

26 Jan 2016   #1
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 
Dell Latitude won't load Windows 7 from disk

Because of software problems, I made an image of Windows 7 as I had it, cleaned the hard disk with DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), and reinstalled the software on my Lenovo laptop from the Windows 7 disk. This has worked OK, but my Dell Latitude won't boot from the Windows 7 disk. Please tell me how I can get this laptop to boot.


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26 Jan 2016   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Too many unknowns here for me to help much.

What did you create the image with, and what partitions did you backup/restore ?
Macrium, Acronis, AOMEI, Windows built-in backup program, etc. ?

Your specs show Win 7 Enterprise.
Is this a business PC, and is there an IT support staff that can help ?

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and reinstalled the software on my Lenovo laptop from the Windows 7 disk. This has worked OK, but my Dell Latitude won't boot from the Windows 7 disk.
How did you reinstall software from the Windows 7 disk if the Windows 7 disk won't boot ?

I'm a home user with PC's using Legacy MBR installs (not UEFI).
When i mess with things and a PC won't boot, a Startup Repair fixes the problem.
Startup Repair
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26 Jan 2016   #3
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

I reinstalled Windows 7 successfully on my Lenovo 4446, not on my Dell Latitude D630. I tried a Windows 7 repair disk, but the Dell Latitude still shows "No boot sector on internal hard drive" and "No bootable devices". Thanks.
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26 Jan 2016   #4
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

I created the image on DVD's, and not anywhere on the hard disks, which I wiped clean on both laptops. Thanks.
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27 Jan 2016   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You could try booting the PC with a MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD
Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

Then you should be able to see what is on the hard disk.
If there is no OS and the backup image doesn't work you could do a clean re-install.
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28 Jan 2016   #6
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

Thank you very much for the suggestion; it's now booting from a NeoSmart repair disk, and I'll see what it does.
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29 Jan 2016   #7
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

It did boot from the NeoSmart repair disk, and told me I have no operating system; I know that already: I'm trying to install Windows 7. It won't boot from the Bootable Partition Manager disk, and I don't know why. Thanks.
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29 Jan 2016   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Are you saying the Dell Latitude will boot from the NeoSmart repair bootable CD, but will not boot from the Partition Wizard bootable CD ?

If that's true, can you try to boot another PC with the Partition Wizard bootable CD, to see if it works ?

I'm wondering if the PW bootable CD is corrupt (not burned correctly).
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29 Jan 2016   #9
francvs

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

The Lenovo 4446 did boot from the Partition Wizard disk, while the Dell Latitude D630 didn't. I don't know what the connection might be, but one of the worst problems the Dell had with the former installation of Windows 7 was that the DVD reader sometimes worked, as with Power DVD software, and sometimes didn't work. Thanks.
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29 Jan 2016   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

That is strange, some optical discs can boot the Dell, and some can't.
Just guessing, but i wonder if the Dell CD/DVD drive is starting to go bad.

If you have a USB Flash stick with nothing on it you need to keep, you could try creating and using a bootable flash stick.

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Building Boot Flash Drive with Bootable Media Builder:
1. Prepare a USB flash drive and make sure that the USB flash drive is empty or doesn't contain any useful data since Bootable Media Builder will format the USB flash drive when building MiniTool Partition Wizard Boot Flash Drive. Now, please connect you USB flash drive to the computer.
Source: How to build Boot CD/DVD Discs and Boot Flash Drive with Bootable Media Builder?
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