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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation does not recognize my HDD

12 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ult. 64Bit
Windows 7 Installation does not recognize my HDD

I get to the part of the installation where you select a partition/drive, and there is nothing there. I have tried using different two different HDD both spin up but the installation doesn't see them. I have also switched out SATA Cables, used different power connectors, even tried loading drivers, and have reset the BIOS by removing the CMOS Battery. I am stumped on what the issue is, any suggestions? I have been working on it for the last 2-3 days but just cannot get anywhere, i'll take any advice i can get. Thanks!


GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500 Processor
4x 1GB DDR3
Radeon 4870 Graphics Card
530 watt Power Supply
Seagate 320GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD ( tried to install first, no luck moved to the other HDD. Only one at a time connected. )
Maxtor 500GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD

No Disc Drive Atm Installing from Flash Drive

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12 Mar 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64


Lets try something here. When you boot from the USB drive, and you get the Language screen, hold SHIFT+F10. A cmd window should open with the prompt showing X:

In that Window, type diskpart and hit enter. Now type list disk and hit enter. Please post back the output of list disk here.

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12 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Probably doesn't make difference but are you using the white or blue sata ports on the motherboard.
If you only tried one, try the other.
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12 Mar 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


As the new MOBO's has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

uEFT BIOS setup: Check your manual.
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