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Windows 7: Win 7 Installer not seeing second hard drive


28 Jun 2009   #1

XP Home
 
 
Win 7 Installer not seeing second hard drive

Hello,

I am trying to install Windows 7 onto a secondary internal hard drive. Am hoping to have a dual boot windows 7 RC/XP.

I am mounting the image off of my primary hard drive using Virtual CloneDrive in XP home.

When I get to the screen that allows me to choose where to install Windows 7, it only shows drive 0, my C: Drive.

Drive 1, the D: Drive has been wiped and formatted. It has a volume name. BIOS is up to date.

If I click load driver on this screen, the D: Drive shows in the directory tree. The drive also works fine in XP.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

-a

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28 Jun 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Do you not have a DVD burner to write the ISO image to a DVD and boot from it?

What do you need to load a driver for? What kind of hard drive is it?
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28 Jun 2009   #3

XP Home
 
 

Unfortunately the system I am working with does not have a DVD drive.

I do not need to load a driver, I was only illustrating that that OS sees the other hard drive, but the installer does not show it as an option.

These are IDE hard drives.


Thanks.
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29 Jun 2009   #4

Win7, XP, Vista x64, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

you will need to copy the entire image (unpacked) onto a 4GB+ USB drive or some sort of external media that you can boot from... as it is now, your Windows 7 media is thinking you want to upgrade your current XP, using your current C:/Windows...

You cannot install Windows 7 while already inside another OS unless it is upgrading that OS to Windows 7. It doesn't matter if it is an image or disc or flash drive... in order to install Windows 7 properly, you will need to get it on some sort of external media such as a DVD, flash drive or something else you can boot from.
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29 Jun 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Check this out. You can install Windows 7 to another partition from within XP.

Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device
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29 Jun 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
win 7 install

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antho View Post
Unfortunately the system I am working with does not have a DVD drive.

I do not need to load a driver, I was only illustrating that that OS sees the other hard drive, but the installer does not show it as an option.

These are IDE hard drives.


Thanks.
Just a thought is the d drive partitioned and a "logical" or primary drive and has it been set to active?

If you need help I can walk you though it but it sounds like you dont need help

hope this helps

Ken
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