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Windows 7: can't make a clean win 7 install on my new sata drive :(

12 Sep 2015   #1
LilWeasel

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
can't make a clean win 7 install on my new sata drive :(

Ok, after having given up on my old disk I'm getting pretty sick of not getting my new computer up and running, so I've just decided to install my OS on my new drive that I initially planned to use just for storage, but, that's how it goes. But do you guys think it let me do that? Of course not, it starts to mouth off as well, giving me stupid errors that I can't install Win 7 for some bull$hit reason. This is the message it's giving me during the Win 7 install:

“Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk.

Ensure that the disk’s controller is enabled in the computer’s BIOS menu.”


The only garbage in BIOS that I can find about "enabling the disk's controller" is e-sata or whatever, and I have enabled that junk, and that did nothing. I can't find any other option, maybe it's there somewhere if you know where to look for all this tripe.



The drive in question is a WD Intern Red 3TB SATA III (IntelliPower / 64MB Cache / WD30EFRX)


Thank you to any kind soul who can save me from this computer-nightmare BS.





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12 Sep 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That`s because you are trying to install Windows 7 on a hard drive in UEFI using a non uefi setup disc.

Go into the bios and set the boot option to Legacy mode or Legacy & UEFI mode if it has that option.

Also, disable secure boot in the bios if it`s enabled.

And a new hard drive today always asks you how do you want to initialise it, initialise it as a MBR drive for windows 7.

I always use my Partition Wizard Boot CD to setup a new drive for windows.

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

With a 3 TB drive I would create a Primary Partition to install windows on, say 250 to 500 GB, mark it active and format it, that way you end up with 1 single partition for Windows, you can then use the rest of the drive for storage.

Once you get through this simple hurdle, you will never have an issue with that drive again.

Also, you should have bought a solid state drive to install windows on and not a mechanical drive (just my 2cents)
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12 Sep 2015   #3
LilWeasel

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you very much for this detailed reply, I will try my best to follow these instructions and update you how things goes later! =)
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12 Sep 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you already had Windows 7 on this computer, then it could be just the fact that the new hard drive is setup up as GPT, you just have to convert it to MBR.

You can have fun googling and reading up all about that

But that`s also a simple process of using your install disc and diskpart to convert the drive to MBR.

DISKPART : At PC Startup


Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk

Option 2

Partition or Volume - Create New

Option 2
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12 Sep 2015   #5
LilWeasel

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not sure what I'm doing wrong now... =(

I burnt a disc of that partition program you recommended, put it in, and it looks nothing like on the screenshots on the webpage, the only thing that comes up for me is like a dos command prompt thing, there's only one option available, I press enter, the screen goes black, and that's that. Thought I downloaded and burnt the wrong version at first or something, but I doublechecked it. =(

Also, when I tried to format this sata drive normally with the win 7 install disc, it wouldn't let me even do that, I clicked on format, and nothing happened. I don't know, just all these new file format stuff is confusing enough for me, I had only ever heard of FAT and NSTF stuff before I got this HDD.. =(

It also didn't let me choose the sizes of the partition, it split up like randomly one 2TB and the other 700gb something unallocated, and I coudln't event do anything with that part...and yeah, at the end it just gave me that error message I quoted.....

I did check out those BIOS settings you spoke of, and they kinda looked okay, except that one of them was like greyed out, so I couldn't touch that one. It was the start in secure boot thing...

This is really driving me mad.... I'm no computer expert by any means (obviously), but I've built three computers in the past for myself and never had so much trouble as with this one, there's just been one thing after another, and now, when everything (almost) seemed to be solved... the HDD starts giving me these troubles as well... ugh... =(

EDIT: Maybe I should mention my other components in this system if that can be of any help.

ASUS STRIX Radeon R7 370 4GB DirectCU II OC (STRIX-R7370-DC2OC-4GD5-GAMING)

Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400MHz 16GB 2x8GB CL11 (CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R)

ASUS CROSSBLADE RANGER - ATX / A88X

AMD A10-7870K Black Edition FM2+
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12 Sep 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You shouldn`t have to change anything in the bios if you already had Windows 7 on this PC.

Are you booting from the PW CD ?

It should take you to a window asking you what you want to do.

You choose the top option.

But b4 that, yes it will show what looks like a dos screen, just let that run, then you will come to a screen asking you what screen resolution you want to use, I always pick 1 and hit enter.

Make sure num lock is on, it should be off by default when running PW Boot CD.


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12 Sep 2015   #7
LilWeasel

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nope, this is a completely newly built custom PC, so it's never had a OS before.

And yeah, I did try to boot from the PW cd, but all it gave me was that one-option dos-looking command prompt thing (that I'm totally inept in navigating), I just pressed on the single option that was available and the screen went black, and nothing more happens. =(

EDIT: Oh, I don't get that nice-looking user interface at all
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12 Sep 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That should be the 1st screen you see, I just booted from my disc.

Then you will see what looks like the dos screen, it should then run, show a bunch of dots loading. It runs then shows the cursor at the bottom, sits idle for a few seconds, then asks you what sccreen res to choose.

Are you using the boot menu key, then choosing your DVD drive to boot from ?

I don`t know then, the program always works great for me.
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12 Sep 2015   #9
LilWeasel

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I tried again just now, the cd boots fine, but whether I press anything when it starts up, or let the timer run down, nothing more comes up after the initial dos-looking screen, it doesn't let me choose screen size resolution or anything... =( And at first it seems like it's loading something from the cd (btw I burnt another Cd just in case it was something wrong with the disc, but that made no difference either..) but I've left it on for like 10 minutes and the screen just stays black...
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12 Sep 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

OK, it`s a brand new motherboard, make sure you are using Legacy mode in the bios, and go back to using Diskpart and keep trying.

You can`t catch a break

What motherboard are we using ?

Link please
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