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Windows 7: Hard-Drive Works On 1 PC, But Not The Other?

02 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Hard-Drive Works On 1 PC, But Not The Other?

Recently, I took it upon myself to purchase new hardware for my PC! . I D-BAN'd my hard-drive from my old computer that I was using, so I could start 'fresh' with my new hardware.

Old Specs:
Pentium 4 @ 3.2ghz
2.5 GB DDR 1
Nvidia 8600 GT

New Specs:
i5 3570k @ 3.4 ghz
Radeon 5770 HD
Asrock Z77 Extreme-4 (no IDE connections)

New PC:
shows hard-drive in BIOS, but isn't shown during installation of any OS. (Fedora Linux Red hat, Windows 7, Windows xp, mini xp)
Therefore unable to install OS with new PC.

Old PC:
Hard-drive works fine with OLD PC, and allows/detects hard-drive during installation of an OS.


I'm using a Western Digital Caviar-Blue 500GB hard-drive using SATA, not IDE. Installed Windows 7 on the hard-drive after the D-BAN on my old computer. Boots up fine on the old computer. Then installed it in my new PC and it won't boot, saying that there is a start-up failure. So I decided to put the windows 7 disk in to run startup repair, however that failed and did not do anything.

Installed Linux Fedora Redhat with my old PC to delete all partitions on the disk. Transferred the hard-drive to the new PC with the Linux OS; did not boot/recognize hard-drive.

I was finally able to have Windows 7 installation show my hard-drive through the 'Repair' option, but not through the actual INSTALLATION of the OS itself. Windows Repair found no problems with the hard-drive.

** When trying to INSTALL Windows 7 on the New PC, Windows feeds the error code: 0xE0000100.

I've tried to Google possible solutions, but they seem to be of no luck, as most people are having this issue with only one computer, and they have a dual-boot on the disk, which I do not.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hello PlushGiant. Welcome to the forum.

I suggest trying Windows Diskpart to wipe the drive in preparation for a new, clean OS install on the new computer.
Be sure to use the "Clean All" method in the tutorial below.
As an added precaution, I would run Diskpart on the drive on the new computer (from your W7 installation disk), not the old computer.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

D-Ban securely erases a disk by writing random bits to the disk over and over. Diskpart wipes a disk by writing all zeros. It's a long shot, but maybe Windows installer is choking on some random code.

Hope that helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Sep 2012   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello PlushGiant, welcome to Seven Forums!

You don't have to go to third party software, we have all you need right here, have a look through the information in these tutorials linked below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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