Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Hard drive problems...

28 Apr 2011   #1
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Hard drive problems...

Hey all,

I have a Toshiba Satellite C650 Laptop running Windows 7 64-bit, and about a month ago I turned it on to find that I could get into Windows. I tried Safe Mode and even Startup Repair, but I would always get stuck at a black screen with a moveable mouse cursor. I have tried using a repair DVD (iso's downloaded from NeoSmart), and that would get me into Startup Repair, but it would always get stuck, saying that there were missing drivers.

I am now trying a Windows 7 Installation Disc (iso also from the internet), and I can only start the installation process if my BIOS settings are as follows: SATA mode is set to Compatibility and the boot order is set to HDD/SSD first and CD/DVD second. When I get into the installation process, I get stuck at the "Where do you want to install Windows?" page, where I can see three disk partitions:
Disk 0 Partition 1 (Total Size: 1.5 GB, Free Space: 1.5 GB, Type: OEM (Reserved)
Disk 0 Partition 2 (Total Size: 286.0 GB, Free Space: 286 GB, Type: Primary)
Disk 0 Partition 3: HDDRECOVERY (Total Size: 10.6 GB, Free Space: 970.0 MB)
The page says, however, that "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition X" for every partition. When I click "Show details" for partition 2 it says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." For partition 1 it says the same thing, except it also says that "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition was reserved by the computer's Orginal Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)." Details for partition 3 say the same thing as partition 2 but also say that there is not enough space (8797 MB required). I have tried formatting partition 2, but it fails (Error: 0x80070057). I'm really not sure what I'm doing wrong here... do I have some BIOS settings messed up, is this a bad disc, or is my hard drive just totally broken? I'm out of ideas guys, please help

P.S. I noticed that in BIOS (InsydeH2O Rev. 3.5) under "Main", my HDD/SSD will show up as "None" when my Boot order is set to HDD/SSD first, but will display my Hard Drive name when the order is set to CD/DVD first.... not sure if that actually means anything, but I thought I might as well write everything.
P.P.S. Thanks in advance!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

28 Apr 2011   #2
Woz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Steve Ballmer Signature (jealous???)
 
 

Did you try setting the BIOS values to a "failsafe" or "default" mode?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2011   #3
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How do I go about doing that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


28 Apr 2011   #4
Woz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Steve Ballmer Signature (jealous???)
 
 

Reading your earlier posts, I assume you've been in the BIOS setup screen.

I've no experience with the BIOS you're using, but on every BIOS I've used, there are options on the final tab/menu for saving changes, discarding changes, loading defaults, etc.

To me, it seems like the Windows install disc doesn't recognize the HDD as being a bootable drive. Resetting the BIOS to defaults may solve the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2011   #5
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I tried what you suggested, and am now stuck at "Setup is starting..." in the Windows installation... I appreciate your help, btw.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2011   #6
Woz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Steve Ballmer Signature (jealous???)
 
 

It has been my experience that "Setup is starting..." can be on screen a LOOOOONG time, making you think it is locked up. I'd give it a while to work. If it sits at that screen for 30 minutes or so, then you have a problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Hard drive problems...




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Sound and/or hard drive problems again.
Hey, it's me again, I've got another sound-related problem, but I think this time the hard drive has some influence to it. First of all my computer specs: AMD Athlon 63 Processor 3500+ at 2.2Ghz (single-core) 1GB of RAM A 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT430 videocard. My OS is Windows XP Professional...
Sound & Audio
Hard Drive Problems
So I got a new Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB hard drive for Christmas. Yippee, right? Not so much. I installed the drive and backed up my data onto it. I then reformatted the drive to install Windows. Windows installed ok with a couple bumps but works ok for the most part. My hard drive showed...
Hardware & Devices
A few hard drive problems.
Me and my dad both bought new hard drives and we're having a few problems setting them up. hard drive 1: (vista) Plugged the hard drive in, the start up screens and the bios both recognise it, yet under 'My Computer' and when trying to install vista on it, it wasn't showing up when asked where...
General Discussion
Hard drive problems
Just recently I replaced my Playstation 3 HD with a larger one. The one that comes stock in the PS3 is a Seagate Momentus 5400 RPM 60 GB HD. The one I put in was a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400 RPM 320 GB HD. Since the hard drive that came out of the PS3 was perfectly good I figured that I'd...
Hardware & Devices
External Hard drive problems D:
Hey everyone, I have a WD 320gb external hard drive (WD3200E035-00) and when ever I plug it into my computer it freezes... can you please suggest me all the things I should check to find what is causing this? Thanks.
Hardware & Devices
Hard Drive Copying Problems
For some reason I seem to be having serious issues copying stuff from my backup hard drive to my new install of Windows 7. I seem to be able to use these files right off the hard drive perfectly fine, but when I try to copy them over to my main hard drive they copy extremely slow (~1mbps) or just...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:52.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App