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Windows 7: Windows Installer not recognizing hard drive

09 Sep 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


Test the HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan
followed by Disk Check run from installer Command Line

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09 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Okay, from everything I've read the way my hdd works is like it is a raid setup.
The link you sent me said it may not work with a raid setup.

I did run the built in hp hard disk test and it passed both tests.
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09 Sep 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP


Do you have two HD's configured into a RAID array?

If not then enter BIOS setup, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install. If that fails, try IDE.

If so I would unplug one HD and do the same unless you want RAID. Windows 7 doesn't much like it though.
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09 Sep 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I don't have the drives plugged in. This is stock from hp. I looked earlier at changing the ide thing like you mentioned but could not find it in the bios.
Where is it usually?
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09 Sep 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


Under storage controllers or HD. You can access your mobo manual on the HP Support Downloads webpage to study this fully.

Do you have a newer BIOS update available from there?

Please update your system specs in bottom left of your post since it says you built your HP.
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10 Sep 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I appreciate all your help.
I fixed it earlier this evening. I booted into a live linux distro and just deleted everything on the disks, formated then installed windows with a usb.

Again, appreciate the help!
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