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Windows 7: Hard drive not recognized in Windows

02 Oct 2009   #31
TheSpiderX

windows 7
 
 

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Did you create the two partitions originally ?

Or did this show up after the install ?
I've had this partition for years now. It was one of my own doing.
Years with an empty partition I fill them up fast just downloading all the great wallpaper here on sevenforums
Haha it was actually full. I just did a little housecleaning tonight. hehe


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02 Oct 2009   #32
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

It's worth a try. sorry guys I'm burnt got to get some sleep. Will check back on this in the morning. Fabe
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02 Oct 2009   #33
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

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To be honest this one is over my head. First off I would have only had the drive I was installing windows 7 to plugged in and an optical drive or flash drive, however you installed 7. I know in xp thier is a way to reasine drive letters but I'm unsure about how in 7. But their are plenty of people smarter than I hear to help you with this.

Well, I think I must agree again with thefabe

If there is nothing important on D & E

I would reformat & do a new clean install from the DVD. External turned off !

& any other peripherial devices disconnected & unplugged.

Does this sound like workable idea at this point ?
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02 Oct 2009   #34
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Ok.. here's what I would do, and it might take a wee bit of time.. I would disconnect all but your main drive... hopefully its the one with the mbr on it... make sure that it is set to master.. insure that it is connected to the IDE cable in the master position ( the first one ) physically remove all other IDE cables from their respective drives, then reboot. This should force the system to recognize your drive as C.... if you succeed, begin the process of adding your hard drives back one at a time, ... let us know if this helps.... I could be too close to some Bozone ...
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02 Oct 2009   #35
TheSpiderX

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
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To be honest this one is over my head. First off I would have only had the drive I was installing windows 7 to plugged in and an optical drive or flash drive, however you installed 7. I know in xp thier is a way to reasine drive letters but I'm unsure about how in 7. But their are plenty of people smarter than I hear to help you with this.

Well, I think I must agree again with thefabe

If there is nothing important on D & E

I would reformat & do a new clean install from the DVD. External turned off !

& any other peripherial devices disconnected & unplugged.

Does this sound like workable idea at this point ?
I don't really have anything to lose at this point. Here's the thing though, it won't let me reformat and install on boot up. Have you had this issue?
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02 Oct 2009   #36
TheSpiderX

windows 7
 
 

I literally had to install xp first and then upgrade it. heh
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02 Oct 2009   #37
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

One other Question what is on the Maxtor 300gb that is not showing up ? Files, folders, programs, etc pics, music ?

Ok lets walk throught format on boot up from DVD >>>>


Bios set to boot from cd/DVD as first, HD as second, no others set to boot.

You might have to delete the 2 partitions first before you power off, for the DVD boot-up. Somewhere in the win7 install from DVD there is a format the HD in the lower righ or left hand corner of the screen. Just use this to do a new clean format for the new clean install of win7 Now I'm getting sleepy
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02 Oct 2009   #38
TheSpiderX

windows 7
 
 

Yah it's all our pics, music, videos. etc

so delete both these partitions now and then reboot and install eh?
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02 Oct 2009   #39
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

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Yah it's all our pics, music, videos. etc

so delete both these partitions now and then reboot and install eh?
Yes & only have the one master HD connected for the install. After stabilized, win7 should find the others as we connect them 1 at a time.

You might check if the jumper has to be set for master with no slave connected for this procedure
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02 Oct 2009   #40
TheSpiderX

windows 7
 
 

Sounds good. Thank you for all your help tonight. I really appreciate it. I'll let you know how it goes as I'll be doing it right now. (wife needs the computer tomorrow, and her stuff is on that drive. doh)
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