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Windows 7: No drives were found

24 Dec 2012   #21

Windows 7 pro x64

Iam very sorry greg i want to try messing with UEFI first

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24 Dec 2012   #22
Microsoft MVP


THere's no reason to be sorry. THis is what we do. If you work with us there's no way you won't get it installed. It would be quicker if this wasn't the most cutting edge technology so our usual fixes that have helped thousands of others don't apply - until you decide to bypass UEFI.

So first you want to read through the steps carefully for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums, ask back any questions you have. If someone doesn't answer them tonight Theog will be along in a few hours from Germany.

If you want to try a secondary method besides DVD, here is how to make a UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows.
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24 Dec 2012   #23

Windows 7 pro x64

both of the links are telling me to use a usb installation drive however i cant create one because i ont currently have a PC
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24 Dec 2012   #24

Windows 7 pro x64

unless there are any other methods iam going to have to bypass UEFI
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24 Dec 2012   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


You can use a Windows 7 x64 DVD.
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24 Dec 2012   #26

Windows 7 pro x64

Ok i have decided and i want to bypass uefi
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24 Dec 2012   #27
Microsoft MVP


Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy BIOS if present. Next check BIOS Boot order for an EFI Boot Disk and if present remove it, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.
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24 Dec 2012   #28

Windows 7 pro x64

for a 500gb hard drive what partition should i create
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24 Dec 2012   #29
Microsoft MVP


Depends if you want to keep your data on C, how many programs and how much data you have. If unsure start with 100gb so you don't have to shrink the full 500gb later.
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02 Jan 2013   #30

Windows 7 pro x64

after typing in CONVERT MBR it said
diskpart has encountered an error the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. see the system event log for more info
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