Hi,I've just replaced the harddrive in an Inspiron N5030, as the utility from Western Digital (that I downloaded) indicated that the old harddrive had unrecoverable errors on it.I had previously created the System Recovery discs for the laptop using the Dell Local Data Safe utility to burn 2 DVDs.I have now used those CD's to do a "full restore to factory setup" onto the new harddrive and it all seemed to work. Windows 7 Home Premium booted fine and allowed me to make my language settings etc, and then went to the normal desktop screen. However on the next reboot I am presented with an error from "Windows Boot Manager" stating "Windows failed to start", and giving the info message that "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible".
Can you please advise as to how I recover from this? The system didn't come with any discs, and the only ones that I got the option to create were these 2 System Recovery DVDs. When Windows first started I checked and the recovery partition etc has all been recreated onto the new harddrive, but for some reason it is just refusing to boot :(
Old Harddrive: WD3200BEVTNew Harddrive: WD2500BPVT
I realise that the new harddrive is of the "Advanced Format" type, but I was assured that Win 7 can cope with that. Also the new drive is a smaller capacity (250GB instead of 320GB), but as this is a fresh restore that shouldn't matter.
Welcome to the Community. I suggest you reinstall windows using the Windows Disc. Use the below link to request for the OS disc if you are in the US, if your in another country then I suggest you call Dell Technical Support and request for the disc.