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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Not Recognized During Boot-Up or Windows 7 Installation

14 Jul 2014   #31
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
"Windows 7" supports both IDE and AHCI mode by default. AHCI offers some performance improvement over IDE and that is why it is preferred- it doesn't means IDE mode won't work with 7 or AHCI is mandatory.


Your issue will be either ;

- SATA data or power cable connection issues.

- Failed HDD

- SATA 1 compatibility issue. This can be solved by adjusting the jumper ( if available ).


I am not sure why you don't want to check for jumper setting to enable SATA 1 mode to rule out that possibility. I can't say for sure that it will be the issue but definitely worth a try - only cost 0$ and two minutes.
The Hard Drive isn't failed because it has Windows 7 installed on it through another computer after I bought it, which I put it on there so when I transfer this Hard Drive to this computer, I didn't have to install it. I have Quad-checked the connections and they are both sound. Do I need to purchase a jumper at a computer store?


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14 Jul 2014   #32
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A jumper is nothing but a small connector to short two pins. It will look like this ;







You can unplug a jumper from an old IDE HDD/CD or from an old MoBo. Your local computer shop will have plenty of them.

Can you please post a clear screenshot of the HDD label side and it's connector side ?
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14 Jul 2014   #33
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
A jumper is nothing but a small connector to short two pins. It will look like this ;







You can unplug a jumper from an old IDE HDD/CD or from an old MoBo. Your local computer shop will have plenty of them.

Can you please post a clear screenshot of the HDD label side and it's connector side ?
I definitely can, but I am not home currently. I will post one when I can.
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14 Jul 2014   #34
DocBrown

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

Wait,

You already installed win7 to this new HD in a differet computer (different MB) ?

Sometimes that will work, but it could be your BIG Problem.
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14 Jul 2014   #35
gregrocker

 

YOu cannot expect Win7 to start on completely different hardware or even with a mobo change without first Adjusting Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

I've not seen this cause the HD to not be detected however.
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14 Jul 2014   #36
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Wait,

You already installed win7 to this new HD in a differet computer (different MB) ?

Sometimes that will work, but it could be your BIG Problem.
Hmmmm, I will go to a completely different computer and try and plug in the Hard Drive and sees if it recognizes it.
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14 Jul 2014   #37
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
A jumper is nothing but a small connector to short two pins. It will look like this ;







You can unplug a jumper from an old IDE HDD/CD or from an old MoBo. Your local computer shop will have plenty of them.

Can you please post a clear screenshot of the HDD label side and it's connector side ?
I have a jumper now, and here are the screenshots of my Hard Drive.


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14 Jul 2014   #38
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Wait,

You already installed win7 to this new HD in a differet computer (different MB) ?

Sometimes that will work, but it could be your BIG Problem.
So, I tried it out on a different computer (the hard drive). It was recognized, but it wouldn't start the windows. Then I inserted windows install disk and formatted/deleted my "New Hard Drive". Then unplugged from that computer and I'm going to try it in the computer we are trying to get to work. I also have a jumper available if all else fails.
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14 Jul 2014   #39
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Hard Drive still isn't recognized. :/
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14 Jul 2014   #40
DocBrown

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

I think we need to get that new WD HD back to looking raw like out of the package. NO partitions or formatting. Make a Partition Wizard CD or run Partition Wizard from the other computer to wipe it clean.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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