Having problems with your Alienware PC Systems Area-51 m17x Notebook ?

Cannot find OS, wont let me reinstall OS, possible missing drive?

\015 My new M17x Alienware just arrived, and it apparently doesn't have an OS installed. I found this out after basically sitting there, watching the black screen after the POST test for about a half hour before it told me that it had no OS.So, I put in the Windows 7 disc that came provided with the computer in order to boot from the disc and install it on the hard drive. It all goes fine until I hit the page where it asks me where it should be installed. The only drive that is displayed is "Disk 0 Unallocated Space / 465.8 GB / 465.8 GB", which it doesn't let me select because it "was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." I've heard of similar problems for people who are upgrading to Windows 7, but this computer should have been preinstalled from Dell!The details of the computer that I ordered are as follows:-Intel Core2 Duo T9800 2.93GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)-6GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz-1GB Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - SLI Enabled (NB10E-GT1)-1TB (500GB x 2) 7,200RPM (xMB Cache) - RAID 0Now, seeing that the hard drive is supposed to have two 500 GB hard drives, and only one shows up during the install, I'm thinking that the other drive is probably the one that has Windows 7 on it and is somehow disconnected. I haven't checked the internals for fear of risking the warranty, but what's your guy's opinion?(I'm currently also calling Dell, but I thought I might as well post here to see if I can get an answer.)\015

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Why not try to install and use Linux Ubuntu, great and always free support, fantastic community forum board, free OS and free updates. Works great for me live (from CD) and installed. Give it a try before you refuse. \012
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If I am not misteken there is an option during Win 7 installation process like Advanced, down the window, there you can delete, add, format partitions

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