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Boot CD is not being recognized when trying to install hard drive

I am trying to install a new WD Caviar Black hard drive but the boot CD that came with it is not being recognized by my computer. I have set the BIOS to boot to CD but when the disk is in the drive nothing happens. No errors nothing my screen just says, ''Boot from CD/DVD :'' then has the cursor on the next line. I know that the program is not with my CD drive because when i put the windows vista instillation disk in it will go through the setup untill the actuall install where i get a mesage telling me that i need to format my hard drive. Any ideas that can help me get this fixed are apperciated. Thanks!

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  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    OK i tried using the DLT files (for both versions 11.2 and 11.0) on a CD. Both of those were read but when they ran they just produced errors that were as follows:

    NWCDEX.EXE Version 2.81 CD-ROM file handler

    Driver not found: 'generic'.

    A:\NWCDEX.EXE requires a driver name to be specified.

    Invalid drive specified
    Command of filename no recognized (4 lines of this)



    any other ideas?

  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    I replaced the hard drive because the previous ones were making terrible clicking noises and the RAID0 array that they were in was not bootable.



    I tried formatting the disk in Vista and i now shows up as having the a partition but i now am getting a error in vista when i try to move on to the next step. The error says that windows could not determine if this computer contains a valid system volume.

  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    i removed both drives in the array and deleted the raid stripe.

  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    so, to clarify further, i now have only 1 hard drive in my machine connected to the SATA port 0 (raid was in 0 and 1)

  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    i know for a fact that one of the original drives still worked but that drive alone was not going to be enough storage space for my needs, thus i purchased the new drive

  • nick90 Jan 10, 2009

    Just for anyone else who encounters the same or similar chain of events i went through, i ended up resolving the problem in my BIOS. i had the boot order set to CD then disabled the other two options. When i adeed back in hard disk drive after CD drive vista continued instilation just fine. The reason this worked was because at that point in the vista installation the computer was trying to run off the HDD rather than the vista disk and with no HDD turned on it no workie.

    Thanks to all who helped on this for me! :)

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Why not use the Vista disc to format the drive. At the bottom of the Install screen after the License Agreement you should see Drive Options (Advanced) where you can select the partition. You may have to create the partition using the New option, but formatting is automatic with the Vista install. If you are not able to do this something may not be correct with the drive setup - either jumpers or BIOS settings.

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  • Curtis Richner Jan 10, 2009

    Could you provide more information as to why you replaced the hard drive in the first place? Could be a memory issue.

  • Curtis Richner Jan 10, 2009

    Sorry, you refer to RAID array, but then you state you replaced one drive. Have you confirmed you replaced the failed drive or both? Have you recreated the array?

  • Curtis Richner Jan 10, 2009

    Although unlikely, it sounds like there may be an issue with the new drive. Have you tried just one of the original drives? It is also unlikely that both failed at the same time.

  • Curtis Richner Jan 10, 2009

    Other than trying to use the good old drive, I can't think of an easier way to determine if the problem you are having is the new drive or some other issue with your system.

  • Curtis Richner Jan 10, 2009

    Wow! I never would have thought you'd done that. I guess I should have asked. Thanks for sharing the resolution so others may learn.

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My boot CD had a tiny scratch on it and the drive would not initialize the Cd. I had to go to another machine and download the info and burn it to another CD in order the use the boot.

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