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Windows 7: WD VelociRaptor 300GB (D3000HLFS)

01 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
WD VelociRaptor 300GB (D3000HLFS)

Hi There,

I was hoping someone here might have developed a way around the issue with the HLFS versions of WD's VelociRaptor drives...specifically that they are not supported during installation, they work fine as storage drives but Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit will not install to them. When an intallation is attempted it corrupts out at about 30-33%. The drives and the rest of the hardware all pass everytest you can throw at them, on Microsoft's supported HW website it lists these drives as "We are checking with the manufacturer to confirm compatibility."

The Windows 7 copy will install and run fine on other drives and as noted previously all HW has been fully and repeatedly tested, all bios version are up to date, all firmware has been updated as well.

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01 Jan 2010   #2


Install to a different drive, then transfer a cloned system image to your WD drive. It's a feasible workaround until such time as WD issue updated firmware, or Windows7 SP1 emerges...
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01 Jan 2010   #3

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1

I have two HLFS 300 disks. The first time I installed to them it was the RC ver. and I had them in a raid 1 config. No problem.
The second time I installed my retail ver. and I broke the raid config and went to just one disk. No problem. Makes one wonder doesn't it?
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01 Jan 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

It does...and you had no issues during install? Did you have to add a driver during the installation?
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01 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

I initially only had one WD3000HLFS and could not get an install on to that drive. I purchased a 2nd and still had the same issue.
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01 Jan 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

Does anyone have a suggestion regarding what image software works for Qdos's suggestion, I have not found one that Windows 7 doesn't like touching it's privates...
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01 Jan 2010   #7


I use Acronis TrueImage 2010, a paid for life-saving software...
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01 Jan 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

Acronis was the first one I tried BSOD'd me.
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01 Jan 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

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01 Jan 2010   #10


It sounds like you must have something very wrong with your system then.

From what the other poster says about the WD drives working, to the fact Acronis TrueImage works beautifully with Windows7.

Please post your minidump files for analysis.
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