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    bitlover Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 27, 2012, 01:31 AM
    I cannot see my HDD during windows 7 Installation?
    I tried to re-size the HDD of my new Dell inspiron 7520 laptop and now I can not recover my old OS or even install a new one since during my new installation there is no HDD is visible.

    I took an image using acronis software on a flash disk but I still can get it working
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    Appzalien Posts: 540, Reputation: 57
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    Feb 15, 2013, 12:46 PM
    A hard drive needs to be initialized before it will be recognized for an installation. If it were a secondary drive you could see it and initialize it from within Windows, but since it's the only drive, you will have to use a boot utility to initialize the drive. You would also need an Acronis boot disk to be able to see the backup on the flash drive. Try searching for a free boot disk like UBCD or similar. I hope your laptop has an optical drive. They're starting to go the way of the floppy.
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    farvaknowsbest Posts: 199, Reputation: 8
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    May 30, 2013, 11:15 AM
    Almost sounds like your MBR got hosed. If you have the Windows Disc, try booting to that, and then choosing repair Windows after it loads. Bring up a command prompt and type the following commands in order:

    Bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    Bootrec.exe /fixboot
    Bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

    If you do not get any error messages when doing this, reboot the PC to the HDD and see if it works. Hope that helps.

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