DELL Precision T7400 won't boot from DVD

I'm working with a DELL Precision T7400. I need to replace the hard drive for archival purposes. When i connect the new drive and try to boot from the DVD  I get the error "No boot devices are available. I have insured that the boot order is correct in the BIOS, but no love. Any ideas?  Thanks.
mapalaska2003Asked:
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CompProbSolvConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you tried that DVD and optical drive in another computer and successfully booted from it?  How was the DVD created?
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I would try booting without the new HD connected.  This will confirm that the DVD is bootable in this optical drive in this computer.

If works, then something isn't right about the boot order in BIOS, even though you set it correctly.   Have you tried changing the boot order temporarily (I believe that is F12)?
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
I've tried that, same thing happens.
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Eric CIT Director / Project ManagerCommented:
What's on the DVD? A Microsoft OS?

Use Microsoft's USB utility to create a bootable USB thumb drive, then boot from the thumb drive instead of the DVD. (As an added bonus, it will install/boot much faster than the DVD)

http://wudt.codeplex.com/

You'll need an ISO of whatever OS you're booting into.
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rindiCommented:
Does that PC have an UEFI BIOS? If so, disable secure boot.
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Eric CIT Director / Project ManagerCommented:
Embrace the future. Use the USB boot method.  ;-)  
New laptops don't even come with DVD players any more!
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
The DVD is fine. So is the drive.

Trying to download the ISO, but it's taking a very long time.
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
Verify process, after entering key, completed. The next step was to select a language. the only choices are Slovenian and Serbian Latin.
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Eric CIT Director / Project ManagerCommented:
those are the only two choices in the OS installer? Where did you download the ISO from?  Back to your original DVD ... is it readable in another computer? (not to boot from - I mean, just to read it). If so, use a freeware utility that can convert that disc to an ISO, then use that as the source to make the bootable USB.  (That is, if you are sure the DVD is bootable).  Or, find another place to download the correct ISO. What OS are you trying to download?
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
sorry to ask, but when you say "The DVD is fine. So is the drive." - how do you know?
that problem points to a bad drive; bad media, or bad cabling
you can test all on a working system
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
Got new media and new drive. All is good finally.  Thanks everyone
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
Got new media and new drive. All is good finally.  Thanks everyone
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