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Windows 7: External IDE drive problem

27 Oct 2010   #11
chait

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

- my system restore points only go back about 3 days. (how do I change that?)
- it is listed in device manager, but cannot rollback as there was no driver update done. tried the "update driver" option but it says it is up to date
- chipset/IDE/SATA/RAID/AHCI driver or BIOS setting - unlikely as it was working before when I had Vista on the same mobo (not XP as I first wrote)


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27 Oct 2010   #12
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

It's not hardware, as you can use the drive fine in linux PE. It's a windows issue for sure. Try running from the command prompt "SFC /scannow" a couple of times. If that comes up with nothing, you may want to try a repair installation.
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31 Oct 2010   #13
chait

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I ran SFC several times, found no issues.

Then I booted from the Windows CD and tried a Repair. It keeps telling me to unplug any cameras or external disks and restart. However nothing is connected to the USB ports except the mouse. What else to do?

If I want a clean install, do I delete the current Windows directory?
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31 Oct 2010   #14
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

For a clean install, back up your important files onto CD/DVD or whatnot, and wipe the drive with zeros:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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