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Windows 7: Windows 7 install doesn't recognise my hard drive

03 Feb 2011   #31

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Well done.

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03 Feb 2011   #32
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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23 Jan 2012   #33

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
Thanks! you solved my problem

Google got me here, but you solved my problem with Windows7 installation on my Gigabyte mother board. Thanks. (sorry if this isnt the right way to express my thanks, but I assure you I am very grateful!) Thanks to theog and to everyone else. Your good work lives on.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try cleaning HD command prompt.

1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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23 Jan 2012   #34

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Well done, you are welcome.
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29 May 2013   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium

i had the same exact problem, i was trying to use a hard drive that was used as raid before so i format it with windows command line but it didn't work so well

i used gpartition from ubuntu and it told me that the hard drive was formated as ntfs but it didn't had partition table

so it advise me to create a partition table and i tried to install windows again and finally it recognize the hard drive
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29 May 2013   #36


Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS: if UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with, or enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt.You are creating the partition here for the purpose of marking it Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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