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Windows 7: Windows 7 Install No HDD's

30 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 prem. home x64
Windows 7 Install No HDD's

Getting really Frustrated with this. First off I have an Asus CM5570 AP006 with Intel Dual Core 2.3 GHZ 6 Gigs of Ram and Nvidia GT100.

I am trying to install Windows 7 to a new hard drive after a reboot would not see my original hard drive. Figured the drive was toast (no big deal have most of the data readily backed up). So i buy a new WD 320 Gig HD. toss it in go to do a clean install of win 7 cannot find HDD for install.
1. Swapped Cable - Didnt work
2. Swapped ports - Tried all 6 didnt work
3. Loaded Manufactured Drivers - Tried all compatiable at win 7 setup
4. Flashed bios - No difference
5. Tried IDE (compatible and Enhanced), AHCI through bios.
6. UBCD Tested all harddrives (including one i htought was toast) All tested good per manufactures tools and SMART.
7.Called ASUS - Great Hardware and Customer service is a joke on the prebuilt computer side.
(Edit) Also parted and formatted and flag for boot the new HD with gparted on UBCD. - Didnt work as well

So here I am now. LOL. I have pretty much over done everything here. But I do not get how I can boot into a LIVE UBCD system and everything works fine and I cannot even install or repair a win 7 install.

Please help. I am not sure what I am missing and I have I guess became to old to work on the new stuff LOL.

Thanks for the help in advance.

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30 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600

Windows can't find the HDD because it is trying to boot to a new, non formatted drive. You need to go into your BIOS and change the boot order and make sure that the DVD ROM is the first drive to boot. Then, restart the PC (with the Windows DVD in the drive) When the message "press any key to boot from CD" appears, do just that, and continue with the install.
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30 Nov 2010   #3

windows 7 prem. home x64

Yeh I can get the DVD's to boot. I actually forgot to say I messed with the boot order as well. I get to the windows 7 install. Pick custom install. Clean install..... Just no HD to install to. I have also tried this with an unformatted unparted drive.
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30 Nov 2010   #4

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

i think you need to load the SATA driver during windows installation. it may be available as a standalone driver or as part of the chipset driver package. you should be able to download it from either asus or intel. you will need all the extracted files, not the ".exe" file (although if that is the only one available, there is a utility you can use to extract the files from it). then either burn the files to a disc, or put them on a usb flash drive, so you can load them during installation.
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30 Nov 2010   #5

windows 7 prem. home x64

Absolutely. That was the first place I went downloaded and extracted the drivers put them on an external USB HD (which yes oddly did work) loaded the drivers during Windows 7 install. All chipset drivers relating to SATA, AHCI, and IDE that i downloaded from Asus for my computer model and motherboardand operating system. But to No Avail still not seeing hard drives. I am about to go office space on this computer .

I have tried this on both the old and new HDD's in all configurations (AHCI, EIDE, and Comp IDE). With only the HDD and DVD Hooked up (not both HDD's).
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30 Nov 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

each time i format and reinstall i have to load the SATA driver first, BUT i have to UN-check the box next to "show only compatible drivers". then, through trial and error, i located a working driver. and on my asus board, i had to disable RAID in the BIOS.
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30 Nov 2010   #7

windows 7 prem. home x64

OK. I was going to go there but I am just floored that i can load everything on UBCD just fine and see and mount all drives with not issues.
I will try that though there are tons of drivers on this thing. Did you use ASUS drivers or Intel drivers?

not sure but how does this work to find the drive? Solved Hard Drive - Unable to Select or Delete during Installation - Vista Forums
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30 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

i used drivers from intel.

take a look at this tutorial. i'm not sure if it will help, since your hdd is awol: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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30 Nov 2010   #9

windows 7 prem. home x64

Well I guess I will try some random drivers tonight from intel. Wish i could get to the recovery partition on the original hard drive.

Any ideas on recovering the boot sector on an HDD windows cannot see?
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30 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP


WIpe the boot sector of all code using Diskpart or free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

It's possible that if the installer can't see your HD then Diskpart might not see it either when booting into DVD Command Line by pressing Shift F10 at first screen: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

If not then use PW boot CD which will see the HD if BIOS does: Choose Wipe Disk on Disk tab.
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