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Hey fellas I'm running into sort of a stump here. I've recently installed Windows 7 on my families computer. We just bought a new hdd since the old one crashed. The problem that I'm running into is that i installed the os last night and now it keeps asking to boot from disk. I put the disk back in and its telling me i need to RE-install the os again! So i really have no idea whats going on, is it from not activating the os and also the os i used is already installed on my own pc btw. So i really need some help here guys.

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Have you tried just reinstalling the os once to see if the issue goes away?
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go into your bios... make sure boot priority is changed to hard drive first.. everything else second or disabled

should fix it
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
go into your bios... make sure boot priority is changed to hard drive first.. everything else second or disabled

should fix it
+1

just make sure your boot order is correct...or that you dont have a USB drive plugged in and that selected as your boot drive
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ok well i went into the bios to look at the boot order and it wasn't correct. it was disabled for first boot so i changed it to HDD. But the problem is still occuring i might just try and reinstall it.

also is there a *correct* way to set the boot order?
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The issue may be to do with which type of SATA connection your using, In the BIOS is it set ACHI, OR IDE, try either, see if it works, also when you say *Correct* way to boot order, its usually (or atleast mine is)
-HDD/SSD {BOOT Disk}
-Disk Drive
-Secondary HDD/SSD.
-USB
Also one last thing, Did you have Another hard drive plugged in when you installed Windows 7 (So 2+ connected at once), Because if you did, that can usually mess it up.
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Ok well this computer is pretty old like 4-5 years. The connection type for the hdd is sata and im not familiar with ACHI. When i was installing the new hdd there were two hdd's in the computer one was a regular sata and the other one was ide but i believe that one was connected. so ill double check again and give it another shot
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yeah i tried reinstalling and now i cant even see the hdd for selection!!!
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Originally Posted by Tcatcammando View Post
yeah i tried reinstalling and now i cant even see the hdd for selection!!!
oh no.. reinstalling os over an operating system already there can sometimes cause corrupt boot mgr.

correct boot order should be hdd where os is located 1st.. then everything else in any order afterwards.

make sure your sata controllers are turned on and are set to what ever storage format you are using (ide, ahci, raid, etc)

come back here if you have any more questions also if you have a pic of bios options.. that will help me figure out how to instruct you in more detail since i'm not familiar with your motherboard
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I would try FixMbr with Bootrec.exe

Here are some directions
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