Windows 7 bootable disk needed, I think

Dell / XPS
September 12, 2011 at 16:51:56
Specs: Windows 7
My windows 7 primary hard drive died, but before it did it warned me that the drive was failing and gave me a chance to back everything up, which I did. Unfortunately, I failed to create a bootable recovery disk. And Dell didn't send me any CDs with my PC purchase. So now I have all my data but no way to boot up the PC. Any advice?

When I try to boot I get "Error 0x4001100200001012."


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#1
September 12, 2011 at 17:43:44

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#2
September 24, 2011 at 08:00:46
I've used Dell support before, and as such I consider them to be a last resort. (I'd almost rather have bamboo shoots driven under my fingernails.) I've moved my data to a new drive; all I really need is to make that drive bootable. Would a recovery disk make this doable? If so, would it be a good idea to spend $10 at http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windo... Thanks in advance for any advice.

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#3
September 24, 2011 at 14:18:59
You can only use a recovery disk on a working hard drive. With a new hard drive, there's nothing to recover. You need to install the operating system. As mentioned above, contact Dell for a set of disks for your machine or buy a copy of Win 7.

Dell also supplies bamboo shoots in a variety of sizes.


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#4
September 26, 2011 at 09:55:44
Thanks to you both; I guess I'll contact Dell. My life has been relatively pain-free lately; I guess I'm due.

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#5
September 26, 2011 at 10:13:26
Yes, we all get our turn, unfortunately.

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