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Windows 7: Cannot install Windows to this hard disk?

10 Feb 2011   #1
doh23

Windows XP
 
 
Cannot install Windows to this hard disk?

I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?



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10 Feb 2011   #2
baarod

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doh23 View Post
I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?
Use the winpe, diskpart and imagex approach to force it to do what you want. If that disk can boot XP, it can be wiped clean and forced to boot 7. Tell me more about your system, and the exact errors and I'll point you at the right tutorial.
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10 Feb 2011   #3
mjb

Windows 7 & XP
 
 

try to change the SATA IDE/ACHI type in BIOS

If you're not sure where is it, try upload a photo of screenshot of your Dell BIOS setup screen.

We'll help you to find it.
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10 Feb 2011   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Before wiping the HD, make sure you have the latest BIOS version from Dell Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Next follow mjb's suggestion to set SATA controller in BIOS setup to AHCI first, then IDE later if install fails.

Next use baarod's approach wipe the HD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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11 Feb 2011   #5
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Before wiping the HD, make sure you have the latest BIOS version from Dell Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Next follow mjb's suggestion to set SATA controller in BIOS setup to AHCI first, then IDE later if install fails.

Next use baarod's approach wipe the HD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
yeah I think I do need to update bios, I tried to do an upgrade instead of a clean install and I got an error saying so but when I try to update the BIOS I get an error message saying that I need both battery and ac adapter plugged in but my battery is dead, is there a way to force this BIOS update without the use of a battery?
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11 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Put the battery in the laptop, then plug it in.

The Upgrade advisor advised you that you need a BIOS update to run Win7. No mystery here.

I hope you still have your OS to run the BIOS update. Follow the ReadMe instructions closely as you don't want to mess this up.
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11 Feb 2011   #7
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

I know but the battery is dead, as in it won't charge so I can't just put the battery, tried it anyways and that message comes up, guess I have to find a way to force it to update. I guess that's a question for another forum for now.
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11 Feb 2011   #8
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You need to flash in pure dos with the /forceit switch. Use a bootable usb thumb drive, place the bios update file at the root of the drive, then boot from the thumb. At the prompt, type in the name of the bios update .exe file followed by "/forceit" without the quotes, hit Enter. Note, there is a space between the e on exe and the /.

Keep the mains connected during this process and if you have a UPS, then stay connected to it.
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11 Feb 2011   #9
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
You need to flash in pure dos with the /forceit switch. Use a bootable usb thumb drive, place the bios update file at the root of the drive, then boot from the thumb. At the prompt, type in the name of the bios update .exe file followed by "/forceit" without the quotes, hit Enter. Note, there is a space between the e on exe and the /.

Keep the mains connected during this process and if you have a UPS, then stay connected to it.
How does one create a bootable usb thumb drive? Tried to search it, downloaded so many different programs and just failed miserably.
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11 Feb 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello doh23, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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