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Windows 7: Not Recognizing Hard Drive


27 Dec 2009   #1

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 
Not Recognizing Hard Drive

Windows 7 doesn't seem to recognize my hard drive during installation. The hard drive, along with the computer, are brand new.

In my bios it says:

IDE Channel 1 Slave [WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A]

The hard drive is a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue and the motherboard is a Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H.


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27 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

Try my post http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html. See if anything there helps.

~Jonathan
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27 Dec 2009   #3

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Quote:
Problem: Setup does not recognize hard drive during installation

What to try:
If possible, boot into the install disc and run the installation from there, as opposed to running setup.exe from withing Windows.
Make sure that the HDD is detected in BIOS.
As a last resort, because this will erase your data, try this tutorial.
Well, the drive is fresh with nothing on it so I tried booting from a disc, but that didn't work. I then tried booting from a USB drive, but that didn't work either.

As for Solved Hard Drive - Unable to Select or Delete during Installation - Vista Forums , I don't know how to enter command prompt from the USB drive.
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27 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

To enter the command prompt, boot from the USB drive, and instead of clicking Install, click Repair my Computer. It should be right there.
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27 Dec 2009   #5

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
Windows 7 doesn't seem to recognize my hard drive during installation. The hard drive, along with the computer, are brand new.

In my bios it says:

IDE Channel 1 Slave [WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A]

The hard drive is a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue and the motherboard is a Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H.
It's a SATA drive. Is it in SATA0 on the motherboard connection ?
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27 Dec 2009   #6

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

I had it in SATA0 on the motherboard but it wasn't getting recognized in bios. I then switched the cables with my disc drive and just kept it in the disc drives SATA1 port. It was recognized in my bios and I didn't bother plugging my disc drive back in.

None of those commands worked for me. I had to do A: because thats where my USB drive is, seeing as my disc drive isn't connected. A: was recognized but the other commands were not.
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27 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post

As for Solved Hard Drive - Unable to Select or Delete during Installation - Vista Forums , I don't know how to enter command prompt from the USB drive.
I will be very interested to hear how this works in Windows 7.

Were you able to access the Command Prompt from the Windows 7 installer Repair console? Click through to Recovery Tools list.

Does anyone else know how/if this works? It appears to format command, but does the debugging make HD appear in drives list, and how?
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27 Dec 2009   #8

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

I was able to access the command prompt. I had to click repair, then next at the following screen, then cancel. There is a good chance I entered the commands wrong, though.
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27 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

You enter the Repair console by booting the installer, clicking thru Language/keyboard screen, then clicking "Repair my Computer" link at the bottom left the next screen. Now ignore the OS found/not found to repair and click through to Recovery Tools list and choose Command Prompt.

Carefully type the exact commands in as they appear on the list.

Never click return on commands until you proofread each.

If this fails, you need to check the HASH on your download, then load ISO into ImgBurn, select Verify Disk, make sure it says Bootable in text at left, then verify both.
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27 Dec 2009   #10

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

When I typed debug it said "'debug' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."
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