No boot sector on hard drive

By BillLobl ยท 4 replies
Jun 11, 2014
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  1. With a new hard drive installed on my Dell Inspiron 15R N5030 and the recovery disk installed for Windows 7 with SP1 installed, I am unable to boot the computer to Windows. I am totally unsure of what to do to get this thing running.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You may have to install Windows fresh and not use the recovery disk at all unless the recovery disk has a factory fresh install feature
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    Windows/7 uses a different MBR structure.

    Get to a command prompt using the Recovery tool and enter
    • bootrec /fixmbr

    if that doesn't do the trick then use
    • bootrec /fixboot
  4. BillLobl

    BillLobl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx for the help. I gave up and returned the hard drive and bought a new machine.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Thanks for coming by...;)

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