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Inspiron 531S drive greyed out in bios

by nanrector / May 11, 2016 11:12 AM PDT

This is a very old computer I took out of storage to try to get it up and running with a new drive. Any Sata drive I install shows up but is always greyed out in the bios. The Sata DVD drive is also greyed out but it does work. When I try to install windows by booting from the DVD drive it attempts too but then tells me there is no drive to install too. I've gone into Integrated Peripherals and its set to SATA 1+2 . If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it!


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From memory
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2016 11:23 AM PDT

The grey out only means bootable condition. Moving on.

If the drive was formatted the Windows installer is known to do what you wrote so I like to boot up a GPARTED CD (widely written about on the web) and remove all partitions from the HDD.

Next time you post, tell details like the HDD make and model. There are old PCs that don't support 1TB and up HDDs.

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Drive info and Gparted
by nanrector / May 11, 2016 12:19 PM PDT
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Thanks for the info. I may be flat out of luck. All my drives are a 1 TB or larger and most have partitions. Seagate Barracuda 2000 and Barracuda 1000 and then Western Digital Caviar SE 1600.
I burned the GPARTED to a CD and booted from it but all it does it show my a list of the Sata Drives and I can get nowhere else.

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The screen looks like there is a drive on SATA 0.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2016 10:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Drive info and Gparted

My bet is that's the HDD. Now you replied there are partitions on that drive.

And we know that Windows might not install to a drive that has partitions. This is mostly to avoid data wipeouts but here you have to decide your next step.

I can't know why you can't remove those partitions so think it over what to do next.

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Figured it out!
by nanrector / May 12, 2016 10:53 AM PDT

Yes, the SATA 0 is the Seagate Barracuda 2000 . SATA 4 is the DVR drive. I just remembered I had a hard drive docking station. I seldom use it and didn't even think of it till your last post. I attached it to my main computer and one of the drives was not formatted. So I did that, stuck it back in the other computer it appears to be installing now!

Thanks for walking me through that and giving me the info. Your help led me to figure it out. Ü


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