First - I'm no computer whiz, which is why I am posting here - hoping you gurus can guide me through a fix via 'baby-steps.'
Ok... I put a new hard drive in a Dell Precision Workstation 390. It apparently had some sort of Raid ADHD (probably have those initials messed up... but it kind of describes the way I'm feeling
It has two hard drives. The new hard drive is the OS/Boot drive. It was a 1tb drive, so I thought I might experiment and partition it down into two smaller drives - thinking that the bootable portion might boot faster if the drive was smaller, plus - thinking the other drive could act as an additional storage drive that wouldn't bog down the Boot Drive Partition.
Is that thinking flawed? Anyway... I tried putting XP back on and I kept getting this error saying that 'Cannot find a drive'..... something to that effect. So
, I got into the Bios... and changed the type of Raid to a different one... and eventually it seemed that it might work... XP installed, but everything was jack-screwed in that the video drivers weren't there, etc, etc.
So, I thought, I'm going to stick in my Windows 7 upgrade (which I was saving for another computer) and see if I can just boot off that disk, wipe off the other OS and maybe the newer Windows 7 would work.
Well.... it DID work!
Only problem is, I discovered that now I get the Windows Boot Manager everytime I boot the computer and it wants me to decide between "Windows 7 or a Previous Installation." I select 'Windows 7' and it boots just fine... but this doesn't seem right to me and I want to get rid of the Boot Manager and just have Windows 7 boot up.
I dug around a bit and discovered I SOMEHOW (slap to the forehead) installed Windows XP onto the 2nd partitioned portion of my new drive.
I went to that drive letter and 'deleted' the 'windows' folder.
But I still get the Windows Boot Manager popping up upon startup. Can you tell me, in very detailed steps an ignorant person like me can understand, how to get this fixed? I also see in my Bios Settup 'BOOT SEQUENCE' that both my hard drives are listed under the CD Rom drive as 'Add-in Hard Drive' ........and then to the right of each of those it says, [Not present].
What does that mean????
The computer seems to boot and run fine, but shouldn't the drives be listed by the Drive Manufacturer's name and capacity???
Thanks for your help.