Installing Win7 but no drive showing  

  1. Posts : 2
    7 Ultimate

    Installing Win7 but no drive showing

    A friend wants me to install Windows 7 on a Lenovo Ideapad 110-141BR laptop. He does not want any other OS, just Win7.

    When I try to install Win7 on it, it asks "Where do you want to install Windows?" but no drives are showing (even though it has a newly installed HD in it) There is an option for "Load Drivers" but what drivers is it asking for and where can I get them?

    The drive is a Seagate ST500LM021. I looked on Seagate's site and the only option I can see is "Firmware Update" which is an EXE file, so no way of extracting the .inf files onto a USB.

    Any help appreciated.

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  2. Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1

    Actually, you can extract the files. (I think with 7z)
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  3. Posts : 26,906
    Windows 11 Pro

    You may want to check and see if the drive is visible in BIOS.
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  4. Posts : 2
    7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter

    Drive is visible in Bios.

    Tried extracting the EXE file but it wouldn't have any of it.

    Anyway, I'm glad to say that I sorted. It was all thanks to DISKPART.

    Opened a CMD prompt, started DISKPART, found the C: disk, used the CLEAN command then formatted it. Tried the installation again and it worked perfectly :) :) Windows 7 is now installed and running fine.
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  5. Posts : 26,906
    Windows 11 Pro

    Glad you have it sorted. Congrats.
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