usbtux wrote:Have you tried to change the boot order to the USB drive.
Presumably you made the usb on another machine, make sure the usb boots on that other machine.
Thank you for your reply. Yes I tried to change the boot to usb but only network exists. Yes I made the usb on another computer.
gnuuser wrote:go into the bios and see if the system is actually detecting the drive.
it sounds like it might not be
it may have to be initialized and partitioned
if bios sees it you can use an external cd drive and hirens boot cd to initialize and partition the drive.
if bios does not see the drive it may actually be faulty or not connected securely
I will look into that, i have a feeling you are correct about the drive not being detected. I also need to check and make sure my new hard drive isn't a lemon. I don't know why dell has bad ones (2nd Dell computer this year to die from faulty hard drive)Thank you very much for your input I will try all these.