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Windows 7: No active Partition?


28 Jul 2012   #1

64bit Windows 7 Ultra
 
 
No active Partition?

I got a new hard drive and my bios reads it fine it also passes tests. all my settings are set to default. I have my cdrom boot sequence first because im trying to install windows from a bootable dvd on startup. I also get these results without ANY media or components attached. Its got a gig of ram. I also tried to slave the new hard drive with an external enclosure cradle and went to diskmanagment then tried to initialize disk drive and says error drive not ready, i then went to cmd and used DISKPART command and there it was listed offline so i got offline to say online now, and by the way my working pc wont see the drive connected as a usb mass device as it usually does but anyway this didnt help any i still get this error message when i try to boot up. Finally here is the error messsage below that shows when i boot my brand new hard drive up.

No active Partition
PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable


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29 Jul 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You said you have a CDROM as first boot device and a DVD Install Disc.
Do you also have a DVD drive, and can you set that as first boot device?

You may have a bad Win 7 DVD you are trying to install from.
Is it clean and not scratched?

Where and how did you get your Win 7 DVD?
Did you download and burn the DVD?
If so, what program did you use and at what burning speed?

Does your other "working" PC see this DVD as a bootable Win 7 disc?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Perhaps it makes a difference, but the x64 version of Windows says it needs 2 GB of RAM. Just wondering if that was triggering the PXE message.

If you can't get the DVD to boot, you might try the Flash Drive method.
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30 Jul 2012   #4

64bit Windows 7 Ultra
 
 

sorry let me clear something up it is a dvdrom drive and i have a windows disk in there i believe its dvd and i also have an old school cd xp i tried and i got the same message. Both the disks are golden ive tried them on a working pc and option to install OS on boot comes up for that. I also tried loading unbutun from cd and i get same message.

its clean, no scratches or smears

flash drive method and then disable all other things like floppy, dvdrom? there is an option in the bios that lets me recover system from floppy but i dont know what files to get, its also the only pc i have with a floppy drive so i dont know how i would load the files onto it maybe go to a library with a usb drive and just copy it over to the floppy. The computer is a beast its one of those poweredge dell server corporation pc. Ill try a few of these methods im off to find those floppy files and will post back later.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

windowslover,

Are you trying to install Win 7?

I'm confused as to the situation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You can find a lot google hits for PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable
Seems a lot of people have this issue, and there are a lot of threads with suggestions to try such as
Quote:
In the bios, set the NIC entry to "ON (PXE off)" and remove the option of PXE boot from the boot sequence. Make sure all IDE devices are set to cable select (hard drives, CDROM, CD-RW etc) and that only those devices you have present are set to AUTO in the bios.
Source: PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable. - Disk Drives (HDD, CD/DVD, Blu-ray) Forum - Disk Drives - Dell Community

Quote:
flash drive method and then disable all other things like floppy, dvdrom?
Try creating a bootable install flash drive and see if that works.
I think that's what you're asking.
These tutorials have instructions that can help you.
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive - Create

Sounds like it's an old Corporate server that was discarded.
Maybe it was discarded because it quit working?
Did it ever work since you got it?
Maybe the DVD drive is bad, and the HD could also be bad even if it is new?
Can you connect these devices to a working PC to make sure they are ok?
Can you connect the HD without an enclosure to eliminate the enclosure as a possible problem?

In post #1 you said
Quote:
I got a new hard drive and my bios reads it fine it also passes tests.
How did you test it, what tests did you run?
Were you able to boot from a DVD with Manufacturer's HD diagnostic utility for testing?

If and when you get these issues resolved and can install, you will not be happy with Windows 7 64 Bit and 1GB RAM.
You should get a MINIMUM of 2GB RAM, or use Win 7 32 bit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Change out the cables.

Test the hardware as shown in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

If HD passes maker's diagnostics test, to run Disk Check format an NTFS Primary Active partition as shown in Step 2.2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #8

64bit Windows 7 Ultra
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
You can find a lot google hits for PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable
Seems a lot of people have this issue, and there are a lot of threads with suggestions to try such as
Quote:
In the bios, set the NIC entry to "ON (PXE off)" and remove the option of PXE boot from the boot sequence. Make sure all IDE devices are set to cable select (hard drives, CDROM, CD-RW etc) and that only those devices you have present are set to AUTO in the bios.
Source: PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable. - Disk Drives (HDD, CD/DVD, Blu-ray) Forum - Disk Drives - Dell Community

Quote:
flash drive method and then disable all other things like floppy, dvdrom?
Try creating a bootable install flash drive and see if that works.
I think that's what you're asking.
These tutorials have instructions that can help you.
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive - Create

Sounds like it's an old Corporate server that was discarded.
Maybe it was discarded because it quit working?
Did it ever work since you got it?
Maybe the DVD drive is bad, and the HD could also be bad even if it is new?
Can you connect these devices to a working PC to make sure they are ok?
Can you connect the HD without an enclosure to eliminate the enclosure as a possible problem?

In post #1 you said
Quote:
I got a new hard drive and my bios reads it fine it also passes tests.
How did you test it, what tests did you run?
Were you able to boot from a DVD with Manufacturer's HD diagnostic utility for testing?

If and when you get these issues resolved and can install, you will not be happy with Windows 7 64 Bit and 1GB RAM.
You should get a MINIMUM of 2GB RAM, or use Win 7 32 bit.
i used the 3 stage test that the bios has.I just flashed a new bios from a floppy disk to see if it would maybe reprogram the error and instead i get a new message now ...no active partition, and also my keyboard wont work, so im gonna try and flash back old bios and try replacing the dvdrom drive.

this is for Windows 7 im just saying xp was tried as well, sorry , are main drive focus is loading Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #9

64bit Windows 7 Ultra
 
 

davidw7 what does it do if it was a discarded?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2012   #10

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windowslover View Post
davidw7 what does it do if it was a discarded?
I was guessing and trying to ask you if it was discarded by a business because you said
Quote:
The computer is a beast its one of those poweredge dell server corporation pc.
Where did you get this machine?
Did a company discard it and give it to you?
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