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Windows 7: Windows 7 cannot complete install on 3 TB drive. Drivers installed.

06 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Windows 7 cannot complete install on 3 TB drive. Drivers installed.

I'm attempting to do a clean install from my original Windows 7 discs. I have a brand new 3 TB Seagate hard drive and have installed what I believe are the correct drivers to accommodate the larger size. The computer recognizes the larger drive during install, but at the end, I continue to get the "Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware" error message.

I've googled all day and tried everything suggested, but when I search for what to do if the drivers don't work, we simply don't get any hits. I would be so grateful for any help or insight you have. Thank you!

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07 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

A bit of success! I switched the BIOS from RAID to ATA. Windows installed and is getting updates now, but is it going to be possible to switch back to RAID later?
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07 Sep 2014   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

Problem with RAID is that you need HDD's of SAME SIZE.

If you WERE to think of updating to Windows 8.1 you can use Storage spaces which pool all sorts of HDD's of DIFFERENT SIZES which could give you mirroring , partial mirroring , or none (just use the storage space as a large single volume). This is a decent SOFTWARE RAID solution if you need data protection or performance.

You really need a minimum though of 3 HDD's for this to be worth while.

BTW the 3TB HDD will work better if you convert it to a GPT drive - but you'll need a UEFI system to be able to BOOT from a GPT drive.

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 Windows 7 cannot complete install on 3 TB drive. Drivers installed.

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