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Windows 7: Please help with installing 7


12 Jun 2010   #1
ALH

Windows Vista x86
 
 
Please help with installing 7

Hi all

I have a Vista x86 installed on an old IDE drive. A few days ago I bought a new SATA drive and wanted to install windows 7 x64 on it. I selected the SATA drive to boot first in the BIOS and booted the installation DVD. I got as far as the first restart (after the files are copied). If I don't select to boot from the DVD the PC is rebooted back immidiately. If I take out the DVD I get a "disk read error. Press ctrl-alt-del" message. The drive is brand new but i ran chkdsk just in case and it came out clean. For now I'm using the old vista from my IDE drive. What should I do?

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12 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi ALH did you let it do its thing? Its possible that the copy didn't work properly the first time, so maybe you should try running it again? If you have a little bit of space, you can try making a recovery partition from your disk. Recovery Partition - Create that will speed up the process considerably its possible that there was a disk read error.

Also don't take the DVD out until installation is complete! during that second boot it copies drivers over
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12 Jun 2010   #3

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Did you remove the IDE HD before installing Windows 7?
Can you boot Vista,& set the new drive up?

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
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Can you post your specs.
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12 Jun 2010   #4
ALH

Windows Vista x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Hi ALH did you let it do its thing? Its possible that the copy didn't work properly the first time, so maybe you should try running it again? If you have a little bit of space, you can try making a recovery partition from your disk. Recovery Partition - Create that will speed up the process considerably its possible that there was a disk read error.

Also don't take the DVD out until installation is complete! during that second boot it copies drivers over
Hi severedsolo

I thought about it. I actually installed it twice (the first installation was saved in windows.old). Both times I let it run to the end. Nothing changed.

Also I didn't take out the disk during the installation but only after the restart. If I let it stay in the drive then as soon as the "boot from disk...." passed the PC reset immediately. No messages, nothing. I copied the contents of the DVD to the hard drive and it went fine. I also used the same DVD earlier to install windows 7 on my father's PC. It worked fine.
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12 Jun 2010   #5
ALH

Windows Vista x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Did you remove the IDE HD before installing Windows 7?
Can you boot Vista,& set the new drive up?

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
Fscapture free download

Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
I didn't remove the IDE HD during the installation, just changed the boot order in the BIOS. I did set the new drive up in Vista before and even split it into NTFS partitions in Vista.
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12 Jun 2010   #6

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Try removing IDE HD,& reformat new HD.

When you formated the new Hd, did you do a quick format or a full format?
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12 Jun 2010   #7
ALH

Windows Vista x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try removing IDE HD,& reformat new HD.

When you formated the new Hd, did you do a quick format or a full format?
OK I'll try it later on. I only need to format the system partition on the new HD right? The one where I tried installing the Windows.

I didn't specifically format the drive before. Just created the NTFS Partitions on it.
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12 Jun 2010   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ALH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try removing IDE HD,& reformat new HD.

When you formated the new Hd, did you do a quick format or a full format?
OK I'll try it later on. I only need to format the system partition on the new HD right? The one where I tried installing the Windows.

I didn't specifically format the drive before. Just created the NTFS Partitions on it.
Yes, you can run full format on partition 2 when Windows 7 is installed.

It is best to run a full format on all new HD's.
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12 Jun 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS?

Is your BIOS up to date?

Try clearing the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS
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12 Jun 2010   #10
ALH

Windows Vista x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS?

Is your BIOS up to date?

Try clearing the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS
I have a SATA configuration menu that has a SATA type option. The choices are SATA,RAID,AHCI, and right now it's on AHCI. Is that what you're talking about?

If it helps my MB is ASUS M3A78-EMH
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