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Windows 7: Failed Drive replaced-new one fails

06 Jan 2017   #1
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 
Failed Drive replaced-new one fails

Dell All in One 2305. 5 years old. 4GB ram. Failed drive which I had to replace. Removed it (Seagate 1TB Sata 3) and installed a new one. Seagate 1TB Sata 3. Loaded system recovery dvd's that I made when I purchased the system. System restore took place. Loaded all the programs that it came from factory with. Took around an hour to get the programs loaded - suddenly it gave off with beep beep and command window opened with message: Unable to locate a valid partition to mount - RW_FAT16. This is not the complete message as it kept scrolling so it was hard to read. Then it would go to the windows start page, Welcome, and reach a point and go into the command window again.

This is not the fault of the drive, correct? It seemed to be doing its job. I also made a repair disk. Should I use that or what? I just purchased the drive yesterday - should I return it and if I can return it, should I erase whatever DID get loaded on it? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks


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06 Jan 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

The drive will be fine the recovery is looking for a partition that may have been on the original drive if in doubt you can go to makers site and download a disk test
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06 Jan 2017   #3
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Thank you for that info. Hate to appear so stupid but not clear on what the disk test will do if the drive is fine as you say. If the recovery is looking for a partition that was on original disk, is there anything I can do to fix that?
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06 Jan 2017   #4
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

They have a utility called "drive detect" - is that what you mean? Did not see a disk test.
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06 Jan 2017   #5
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

They also have a program called Disk Wizard which does the following: "The software lets you quickly install your new disc drive with wizards that guide you through the processes of creating and formatting partitions on your disc drive, transferring data, and backing up your data".
Would this help?
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06 Jan 2017   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

There are two different partition types: Legacy - MBR and UEFI - GPT.
As the recovery disks normally installs a disk image, the partitions type on the disk must mach those on the image.

I would say that you need to use the Disk Wizard to make the right partitions (I would say that your system must have UEFI - GPT).

If everything fails you can install Win 7 using the COA key that is on a label at your computer. Let us know so we can guide you thought.
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06 Jan 2017   #7
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Wow - all of those terms are far over my head. I am willing to use the Disk Wizard but not sure how to go about selecting the partition type as you indicated.I am assuming the wizard would step me through it. Also, I found the COA numbers on back of desktop. There are a bunch of numbers back there. Is it the 25 digit one? I don't have an install disk - only the recovery disks I made. I am really at a loss for operating at this level of expertise. I do appreciate your input very much.
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07 Jan 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Download the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. https://heidoc.net/php/Windows%20ISO%20Downloader.exe
Run it and choose Win7 - On type Choose Win 7 HP OEM and select the language. Download the Iso file.
Burn the iso on a DVD or make a Win 7 bootable installation flash disk using Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Boot the installation disk. Go to Install- advanced - delete all partitions - create new. Windows will create the necessary partitions.
Install on the large NTFS partition.
Use the COA key to activate.

For the updates: MS releases SP2 for Windows 7
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08 Jan 2017   #9
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I will give it a try. This will cure the problem? Also I note that you call out HP OEM - I am installing this on a Dell so I should use that line, correct? Thank you again for your help.
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08 Jan 2017   #10
patriceltic

Windows7 home premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Also can I use Chrome for these downloads or does it have to be IE?
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