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Windows 7: Windows 7 Install hangs after "Starting Windows" when booting from USB

22 Jun 2013   #21

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
How far do you get to the Diagnostic software ?
It gets all the way to "Detecting IDE Primary Master ..." then stops. I let it sit for a couple of hours and nothing happens. I do have laptop with no disk drive, could I get a SATA to USB cord and plug my hard drive in that way? Then I could use a hard drive diagnostic test that just runs on windows.

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22 Jun 2013   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Yes you could do it that way . Sata to USB or IDE to SATA which ever your cable is . Use Seatools for windows

Download SeaTools for windows below

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
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06 Jul 2013   #23

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So, I ordered the Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case) to connect my hard drive to my other computer, but it seems the driver for the Adapter isn't installing, so I can't seem to use it, any ideas?
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06 Jul 2013   #24
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Nothing was said about plugging the HD in by USB, only that you should plug it in internally to SATA or IDE cable using an adapter if necessary.

The drive needs power to plug it in, even via USB, so if you are only able to plug it in that way you need to connect a power cable to it.. Make sure you've enabled Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)
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06 Jul 2013   #25

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Taji34

Windows 7 should install it automatically no drivers needed for that Roswell device . Did you turn it on there is a switch .
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06 Jul 2013   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Nothing was said about plugging the HD in by USB, only that you should plug it in internally to SATA or IDE cable using an adapter if necessary.

The drive needs power to plug it in, even via USB, so if you are only able to plug it in that way you need to connect a power cable to it.. Make sure you've enabled Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)
EDIT: Vista King's post alerted me to the fact that there is a switch I hadn't noticed on the power cord.
EDIT 2: I am currently running SeaTools on the HD, I will post the results of the tests when they finish.
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06 Jul 2013   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Those little devices work wonders . I personally have one from GraniteDigital .
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07 Jul 2013   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay so here are the results so far:
Short Drive Self Test: Pass
Short Generic Test: Pass
Long Generic Test: Fail

I ran the long generic test over night last night, and when I got on my computer this morning, a dialogue had popped up asking me to format the drive. So I am running the test again just to make sure it didn't fail because my computer went to sleep or something. Also, every time I plug my hard drive in, it prompts me saying I need to format the drives (one for each partition on the HD) before I can use them, and windows does not recognize there is any data on the partitions. Is this just because of the way I am plugging the HD in or something else?

Also, should I run the advance tests in Seatools on this HD?
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07 Jul 2013   #29
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You're only able to diagnose with Seatools on another maker's HD, so the Extended Test is best option.

If it passes then go ahead and do a Quick Wipe, then move the drive back to target PC to try install again.

If it fails again try installing it plugged in alone internally to the other PC. If you can't do this then try booting the installer on the other PC to see how far it will proceed - does it reach the drive selection screen and see all partitions on the other PC?
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07 Jul 2013   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You're only able to diagnose with Seatools on another maker's HD, so the Extended Test is best option.

If it passes then go ahead and do a Quick Wipe, then move the drive back to target PC to try install again.

If it fails again try installing it plugged in alone internally to the other PC. If you can't do this then try booting the installer on the other PC to see how far it will proceed - does it reach the drive selection screen and see all partitions on the other PC?
By extended test do you mean the long generic test? Or is that one of the advance tests?

EDIT: Well, it failed the Long Generic Test again, I don't have the ability to plug it in internally to another computer, so I will check if the installer makes it to the drive selection screen on another computer.
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