can't find drivers after new hard drive install

April 14, 2014 at 20:53:19
Specs: Windows 7
After 6 years my Western Digital hard drive finally quit. I replaced it today and reinstalled Windows7. Originally my computer came with Windows xp which i updated to windows 7 last year. So naturally i used the Windows7 install this time too instead of the XP. After installing the new hard drive and dowloading the Windows 7 I expected to go to the Dell website and update the drivers like i did before under the Windows 7 instead of Xp. For whatever reason there is no drivers for my Vostro 200 for windows 7 anymore and the XP drivers wont update it. It tells me that the software version is not designed for the version of microsoft windows. Now originally i had a wester digital Caviar 160gb and I bought a western digital blue 250gb. Could tha be the reason why it is not picking up some of my drives and won't update them like it used to? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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April 14, 2014 at 23:14:38
The difference in drive size will have no bearing on the lack of drivers. Are you certain that it is the Vostro 200 that you have? I can't see any Win7 drivers for it either but they are available for similar models like the Vostro 220. If you haven't already, try using the service tag number which should be somewhere on the case and see if that gives you Windows 7 options.

Did Win7 manage to identify most of the drivers? Which ones are missing?

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April 14, 2014 at 23:19:10
Absolutely nothing to do with installing a different hard drive, Stacy.

Try the Vista drivers:

Most Vista drivers should work on Windows 7, they are probably the ones you used before because Dell do not put a set drivers on their site and then later remove them, not in my experience.

XP drivers definitely will not work on either Vista or 7

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April 15, 2014 at 04:31:27
I tried in Vista version now it says it does not support the program to update to Windows XP. I have a realtek Audio but it is not showing under device manager. Will I have to exchange the hard drive for a 160gb to be able to update my drivers or is it because of Windows 7. I no longer have Windows xp cd that is why I updated it to Windows 7 and never had the problem of not being able to update my drivers until now that I have bought a new hard drive. I'm very confused.

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