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Default Problem reinstalling windows 7 - 08-29-2011, 05:39 PM

I recently tried to perform a clean install on my dell mini 10v and have come up against a problem that I hope someone may help me with. Using the Windows 7 Reinstallation dvd disc to boot up via an external disc drive, everything is fine until I get to the part where it asks me which partition I would like to use for the new install. It asks me to choose but there is no partitions showing at all. I get the message " No drives were found. Load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation". I tried searching the installation disc and also the drivers and utilities disc that came with the laptop for the drivers without success. I even tried to go online to download the correct drivers but as I wasn't sure what I was looking for, I again drew a blank. It seems the hard disc is not being detected for some reason. When I go in to the main section of the bios to check if the hard is displayed, it's not there but if I remove the battery and then replace it, hey presto, it's displayed. This has become very frustrating and I would appreciate any help that would allow me to successfully install windows 7. I do happen to have access to another mini 10v exactly the same that is in perfect working order and was wondering if the solution may lie in transferring any relevant info (drivers etc) from that via a flash drive to my own mini laptop.

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