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Windows 7: Having problems Installing on Dell C521

04 Jul 2013   #1
sandstorm1

 
 
Having problems Installing on Dell C521

Ok so I recovered an old Dell C521 desktop machine that no one wanted. I ordered new memory for it (ddr2 2 x 2Gb ), a new dvdrw, and a Seagate Barracuda 2 Tb Hard drive. Every thing works except I can not get it to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I get to the "Where do you want to install windows?" screen and it gives me 2 unallocated spaces (232.9 GB & 1630.1 GB) and it will not let me format or anything on either. All I get is "Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error:0x80300024. Help!!! I can not seem to get past this point. It must have something to do with the size as I put in an old 500 GB hard drive and it loaded and runs great. Advice???


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05 Jul 2013   #2
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello and welcome sandstorm mate just how many drives are in the machine and / or have you prepared that drive?

I would if I were you and if you have use of another machine do a wipe of that drive as it seems like it has two partitions on it already. That my friend is going to take a very long time ith a drive of that size.

Now you can do that using the clean all in the command prompt Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

or use the disk wipe with the Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. in my pic is only an example of what to do.

The alternative is to get another drive 2TB is quite big really unless you plan on saving a lot of data and prepare it SSD Alignment I know it says SSD but it will work on spinners.
Best bet is if you want a real fast boot is get a small SSD and use the large spinner for backup stuff and storage .


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05 Jul 2013   #3
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sandstorm1 View Post
Ok so I recovered an old Dell C521 desktop machine that no one wanted. I ordered new memory for it (ddr2 2 x 2Gb ), a new dvdrw, and a Seagate Barracuda 2 Tb Hard drive. Every thing works except I can not get it to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I get to the "Where do you want to install windows?" screen and it gives me 2 unallocated spaces (232.9 GB & 1630.1 GB) and it will not let me format or anything on either. All I get is "Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error:0x80300024. Help!!! I can not seem to get past this point. It must have something to do with the size as I put in an old 500 GB hard drive and it loaded and runs great. Advice???
Hi sandstorm1,

Welcome to the Seven forums.

In addition to what ICit2lol rightly suggested, you can also check this solved thread below which would be of help to you:

Error (0x80300024)

Hope it helps.
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05 Jul 2013   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
Ok so I recovered an old Dell C521 desktop machine that no one wanted. I ordered new memory for it (ddr2 2 x 2Gb ), a new dvdrw, and a Seagate Barracuda 2 Tb Hard drive.
Is the new HDD Sata 3, as your old Dell will be Sata 1/2.
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05 Jul 2013   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What you may need is no more than Diskpart Clean Command which clears the boot sector to resolve many installation problems. Diskpart Clean All is overkill.

In addition I'd define an Active partition as shown in step 2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation.

If it still fails reset the BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install. Set HDD first to boot, use Dell F12 key to trigger installer.

Does the DVD then request to "Press Any Key to boot Disk?" If not the installer or ISO is bad. Where did you get it? How is it burned? How is it being activated?
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05 Jul 2013   #6
sandstorm1

 
 
Still Having problems Installing on Dell C521

Good Morning ICit2lol & SandeepP,and others,
OK in that machine, it is the only drive as the Dell C521 only allows for 2 SATA items to be hooked up. In this case SATA 0 is the Hard Drive and SATA 1 is the DVD R/W. Yes I used Mini Tool Partition Wizard Home Edition to create, format(NTFS) and label the drive. I agree that this is one of the best programs that is out there and the price is right also! What I have done for now is that I took a WD 500 Gb hard drive that I had in my external drive and installed it into the C521 and that took Windows 7 Ultimate X64 with no problems. That tells me that everything else in the C521 is working. We have other machines here that are usually on, what with 3 other adults,each of us having our own lappys plus my brother's home built desktop, so the drive is not a do or die situation. More like a challenge. Until I figure this out, the 2 Tb drive is in the external enclosure. The 3 of us are basically retired computer shop owners. in other words we closed the store front and work "at our leisure" on machines for most of the Senior Citizens here in our little piece of the desert, usually for free as money is tight for all these days. My background is in Hardware, My wives is in Programming, and my brother's is in filling in the cracks. I'm Storm, She is Sandy, Hence you have Sandstorm Computers. anyway back to the topic, we went to the Seagate site and downloaded their tools that claim to be able to fix the problem...Nope, didn't work.
I did read and try the things that Driecken posted and the replies that others here posted to him, again Nope, didn't work.
the whole reason that we wanted such a big drive is that we keep records of most of the machines that we have worked on over the years, (DRIVERS, parts, etc.), and our own stuff. Even tho we have off site back up it is nice to have them on a separate machine in a separate building away from the house. (we had a fire 18 months ago & lost everything and are just now able to help people again.
Soooo having said all that, in-between the "Honey-Do-Lists" and working on some of the old machines that the people here have and for some reason are still working fairly well for the most part (them 90 y/o ladies love their solitaire games), I will still be looking for a way to make that drive work in the C521.
for theog here is the link with the specs for this drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148834
Thanks for the advice but still looking into why the problem presists.
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05 Jul 2013   #7
sandstorm1

 
 

Good Morning gregrocker
I use Derik's Boot & Nuke a program that has several options for wiping entire drives. I chose "D.O.D. Short" which is 3 passes of zeros to wipe the drive. The questions that you are asking have all been done. My Windows 7 disk is an OEM and is working good, as is all other hardware. As for activation, I have to be able to get it to install before I can activate it. Like I said in my original post, I believe it may be a size limitation on the board\chipset. one of the things I did notice is that the BIOS is from 2007 and might need to be flashed with a more current one. the reason that I have not done that yet, is that I keep reading that on this particular board there is an 80% chance it will make the board toast. I do not have another board for it, nor do I really want to buy one.
But thank you for your reply.
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05 Jul 2013   #8
fireberd

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I can't find any specifics, right now, but I remember some of the old Dimension's having maximum hard drive capacity. The fact the 500GB works and the 2TB doesn't sort of goes along with this.

I didn't see anything in any of the BIOS versions that mention anything about supporting hard drive sizes. 2007 is the last BIOS update that Dell issued. The Dimension line was discontinued in 2006 or 7 (replaced by the Inspiron Desktop line) and no further updates will ever be issued.
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06 Jul 2013   #9
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sandstorm1 View Post
Good Morning gregrocker
I use Derik's Boot & Nuke a program that has several options for wiping entire drives. I chose "D.O.D. Short" which is 3 passes of zeros to wipe the drive. The questions that you are asking have all been done. My Windows 7 disk is an OEM and is working good, as is all other hardware. As for activation, I have to be able to get it to install before I can activate it. Like I said in my original post, I believe it may be a size limitation on the board\chipset. one of the things I did notice is that the BIOS is from 2007 and might need to be flashed with a more current one. the reason that I have not done that yet, is that I keep reading that on this particular board there is an 80% chance it will make the board toast. I do not have another board for it, nor do I really want to buy one.
But thank you for your reply.
Hi sandstorm1,

Thanks for your reply. There is a possibility it might not support 2 TB harddrive on this system. Maximum harddrive that we have checked on this system is 500 Gb.

However, you can still update BIOS from the link below and check if it helps in resolving this issue:

http://downloads.dell.com/bios/DMC521-010111.EXE

Hope it helps.
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