Fresh Windows Vista Install (X:/ drive)

I have a HP Pavilion Elite m9500Y and I wish to use a windows vista install DVD rather then the recovery DVD's/partition.
When ever I boot to disk and go through the reinstall process, when I get to select drive it only has X:/ drive available.
Is this some type of boot drive? Is it because of something RAID related? I would like to know how to get around this.

ddwcmp555 wrote: I have a HP Pavilion Elite m9500Y and I wish to use a windows vista install DVD rather then the recovery DVD's/partition. When ever I boot to disk and go through the reinstall process, when I get to select drive it only has X:/ drive available. Is this some type of boot drive? Is it because of something RAID related? I would like to know how to get around this.
Hello ddwcmp555, I'm not quite sure why you do not see any available disk\partitions to install Vista on.
Here  is the link for the specifications for your system, and it shows the system shipped with a 750 GB hard drive and no Raid Array. It also shows the system shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Media Center (64-bit) with Vista Service Pack 1.
The X: partition is created during the start of the Vista installation, as a temp. partition to store the Vista setup files. When the setup completes successfullly, this X: partition is removed.
Can you advise where you acquired the Vista DVD, and if your Vista DVD might be an upgrade version rather than a full version. An upgrade version would look for the original operating system, before proceeding with the installation process.
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