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Windows 7: Vanishing harddrive

27 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Did both let windows installed from disk installed from website every which way i could its my millionth installation just switched to ahci reinstalling now

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27 Jan 2011   #12
James Colbert


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BaffledByGates View Post
Did both let windows installed from disk installed from website every which way i could its my millionth installation
It would have to be either a:

1) hardware issue
2) bios and/or post-install driver install issue
3) configuration issue (likely bios)

just switched to ahci reinstalling now
Does this mean that you were set for Raid in the bios? This could be your issue if you weren't running your drives as RAID.

There is a tut that shows one how to change to AHCI mode after installation, but some have reported problems. If, by your above statement you mean that you changed the bios to AHCI mode and are now reinstalling, I think this is your best course of action. Please let us know how it goes.

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28 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for your help i had it set to ide now its ahci but i put xp back on was just one problem too many with win 7 will try it again one day maybe windows 8 thanks again fella much appreciated
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28 Jan 2011   #14
James Colbert


Sorry to hear that. Something you might consider is obtaining an imaging program (I use Acronis True Image 2011, but you might prefer the free Macrium Reflect). With that, you can image your XP install and continue to work on your Win 7 install (imaging as you go). That way, you can always restore your machine to a working state (with XP) and pick up your win 7 install whenever you have the time.

Based on the information gathered in this thread, it's almost certainly a driver or config issue. Post back if you decide to continue investigating.

Good Luck,
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