Bout to install Win7 on a dell desktop and wanted to do so on brand new HDs (2 1TB drives to be exact).
The problem upon trying to boot to the DVD to install however is that I can never get the DVD to boot since the BIOS first complains about a missing recovery partition. Now, I know that Dell traditionally ships w/ a recovery partition on the HDs and there's even a thread about moving that partition to a new HD.
But my question is, how do I do a clean OS install without any such partition? I'm comfortable enough w/ handling my hardware that having such a partition isn't really necessary, and this road block in paving my machine is pretty annoying. Looking about in the Dell BIOS (F2 on boot) does me no good, nor does the boot manager (F12 on boot) and manually selecting my DVD drive.
Anyone w/ some pointers on how to get the machine to, well, play nice?