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Windows 7: Hard Disk not supported


04 Sep 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Hard Disk not supported

Hello. I received a Western Digital 500 GB external Hard Disk for my birthday. So today I tried to install Windows 7 on it. It's formatted in NTFS, but the installation panel gave 1 error. It saids that the disk is not supported by booting... I already went to a computer shop (MyCom, in The Netherlands), but they said would work. I axially don't know if they checked in the Bios, but I guess they did...

Further the installation gave no errors. Later I booted in the bios, and the Hard Disk displays. (eSata). Anybody idea?

(By the way, sorry for the poop-english, I'm just a 13 year old boy who's trying to get Windows 7 on it's ext hard disk :P)


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04 Sep 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itsMarick View Post
Hello. I received a Western Digital 500 GB external Hard Disk for my birthday. So today I tried to install Windows 7 on it. It's formatted in NTFS, but the installation panel gave 1 error. It saids that the disk is not supported by booting... I already went to a computer shop (MyCom, in The Netherlands), but they said would work. I axially don't know if they checked in the Bios, but I guess they did...

Further the installation gave no errors. Later I booted in the bios, and the Hard Disk displays. (eSata). Anybody idea?

(By the way, sorry for the poop-english, I'm just a 13 year old boy who's trying to get Windows 7 on it's ext hard disk :P)
I don't think you will be able to install Windows 7 on the external HD & Boot from it

" Doc "
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04 Sep 2009   #3

 

Is the drive connected by eSATA or USB or firewire? Circle one answer only.
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04 Sep 2009   #4

Windows Vista
 
 

edit: ^ eSata

Why not? And... do you know (or somebody else :P) which external hard disk works to boot? I really want to let this work.
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04 Sep 2009   #5

 

eSATA drive should boot.

Don't be offended - please provide a picture of your eSATA connector wire and connection.

Please provide your System Specs under User CP. Motherboard model number PLEASE.
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04 Sep 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Is the drive connected by eSATA or USB or firewire? Circle one answer only.

lmao
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04 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

What is the make and model number of your motherboard?

The e-SATA interface is for connecting external SATA HDDs to your system, and specifically allows them to be hot-pluggable (i.e. you can plug and unplug with the system running).

Just because the interface is the same as the internal connectors it does not mean that an external drive connected this way will be bootable - you will need to check the motherboard manual and/or the support website for that information.
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04 Sep 2009   #8

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A: Desktop

B: LapTop

Which ?
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04 Sep 2009   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
What is the make and model number of your motherboard?

The e-SATA interface is for connecting external SATA HDDs to your system, and specifically allows them to be hot-pluggable (i.e. you can plug and unplug with the system running).

Just because the interface is the same as the internal connectors it does not mean that an external drive connected this way will be bootable - you will need to check the motherboard manual and/or the support website for that information.
The connectors are not the same. SATA is L shaped, eSATA is l shaped. An internal SATA port can be carried to the backplane with a SATA-eSATA converter assembly, bypassing any BIOS setting that disallows booting from an eSATA port.
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04 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I agree that the connectors are slightly different as this is to allow for the hot-swapping capability of the e-SATA interface. My system only has the internal version of that connector, so I've never seen an actual e-SATA connector.
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