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Windows 7: BIOS will recognize SATA HDD but Windows 7 installer will not :/

29 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
BIOS will recognize SATA HDD but Windows 7 installer will not :/

I had two hdd's in RAID0 (WD 1600YD I think were the models), and one of them failed--click of death, BSOD, failed dskchk, etc.

I took out the bad drive and kept the good drive in the machine. (Everything was backed up to my external once the clicking started.) BIOS recognizes it, and when booting from an older IDE drive, windows recognizes it as well. It passed the disk check and everything. But when I try to install Windows 7, the WD drive won't show up on the list of places to install Windows. I got the drivers from WD's site, got the drivers from inside windows, but they aren't "signed" according to the Windows installer, and I can't use them. I tried the drive in another older machine and have the same problem.

I tried switching SATA ports, tried switching SATA cables, tried switching BIOS SATA settings from RAID to AHCI to AHCI>IDE, to Native IDE, etc. No matter what I try, I can't get the Windows 7 64 bit installer to recognize the drive.

I've read that you can change settings on specific SATA ports, but I can't find that option in BIOS. I am going to try messing around on the drive from inside windows with an older drive that has an OS installed, but I'm totally clueless here. Maybe there is some setting in BIOS that I'm missing? Another annoying thing is the Windows installation takes ages to load each screen, so every time I tried somethign different, I hve to wait 20+ minutes to the problem screen. I spent all of yesterday messing with this and I'm pretty horrible w/ this kind of troubleshooting.

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30 Jan 2012   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Your post sounds like you trying to install to a old 32 bit P4.
Set BIOS to AHCI, & try installing a 32 bit OS.


For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/17...info-tool.html
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30 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

It's a triple core AMD w/ 6 GB RAM, and it was running Windows 7 64 bit before the other drive quit.

The motherboard is a Biostar A770E3 with BIOS version 08.00.14

If you need any more specific specs, I can throw an old hdd with an OS in there to use that tool you linked.
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30 Jan 2012   #4

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Will the HD Drive show in diskpart?
DISKPART : At PC Startup

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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30 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I searched for the drive at the command prompt and it returned: "The device is not ready."

I'm trying to figure out Dispart now, and I'll update ASAP

EDIT: Yes, when I use the "list disk" command, the drive shows up on diskpart.
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30 Jan 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN command (no need to use CLEAN ALL) in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Do not partition or format.
(As the hardware is unknown)
Than clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
or
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
or
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
or
Clean Install Windows 7
or
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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30 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I had this problem once when I tried reusing a drive that previously had Linux on it. I ran the clean all command in DISKPART and that solved the issue.
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30 Jan 2012   #8

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

What you have happening is correct - Windows should NOT touch that drive as it is marked as part of a stripe set or striped volume. As DeaconFrost pointed out, you need to prep the drive as a single/stand-alone device, not a striped volume. Do that and all will be fine.

Regards,
GEWB
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30 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I repped all 3 of you, and I will rep theog again when it lets me. Thank you very much for taking the time to help me. I used the "clean all" command, then made the primary partition, then formatted the drive from another drive's OS, then installed Windows 7 w/o a hitch.
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30 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Awesome....glad to hear!
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