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Windows 7: WD VelociRaptor 300GB (D3000HLFS)

01 Jan 2010   #11
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
No Problems

I had no issues. Did not install any special drivers or workarounds. Ditto on Acronis 2010. I use it all the time with no BSOD's. Something is amiss in your system I would tend to think.

I Don't think this is the answer but I will add it on. When I install an OS cleanly I disconnect all hard drives except the target.


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01 Jan 2010   #12
GUNNYCANUCK

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am not sure how he got them working as it specifically states on MS's website that they have yet to have these drives certified.

I have even taken the system in to the shop (first time I have had to do that since I was 12...I'm 34 now so it was a dark day in my history) and they are baffled as well.

It doesn't BSOD at any other time, it runs Eve perfectly fine and while running XP it is flawless and runs countless games (I have a rather embarrassingly large library), this isn't a hardware failure. The drives have both passed the WD extended debug diagnostic, RAM has passed Memtest with flying colors.

Would a direct copy of the entire drive to the Raptors work?
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01 Jan 2010   #13
GUNNYCANUCK

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
I had no issues. Did not install any special drivers or workarounds. Ditto on Acronis 2010. I use it all the time with no BSOD's. Something is amiss in your system I would tend to think.

I Don't think this is the answer but I will add it on. When I install an OS cleanly I disconnect all hard drives except the target.
That is a prudent choice...I will try this as well.
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01 Jan 2010   #14
GUNNYCANUCK

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I just thought of an easy fix...the shop I purchased them from lists the 300Gb as the GLFS versions, and yet what they gave are HLFS's. I am going to call them when they open up after the New Years weekend and ask that they actually provide me with the GLFS versions as that was what I had thought I was purchasing. I know it's a bit of a cop out but really...they should not be saying one thing and selling another, especially when it results in my present situation.
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01 Jan 2010   #15
Tommy Trauma

W7 Pro/clean install
 
 

A question if I may. Whats the difference between the two? Read this thread and looked at my WD300 raptor and its a GLFS. Wont be installing W7 until tomorrow when it arrives.
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01 Jan 2010   #16
GUNNYCANUCK

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

You know after much investigation I really couldn't say what the difference is other than one is listed as "Enterprise Edition" (HFLS). I do not see a difference other than the compatibility, both have the same cache size...everything is identical so it has to be different Controller chips with different firmware possibly?

From what I have read you should have no trouble at all with the GFLS.
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01 Jan 2010   #17
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tommy Trauma View Post
A question if I may. Whats the difference between the two? Read this thread and looked at my WD300 raptor and its a GLFS. Wont be installing W7 until tomorrow when it arrives.
I have one of each, and the only difference appears to be the aluminum heatsinks and way the HD's mount into them. I think the "Enterprise" version is mounted in the heatsink in such a way as to position the HD SATA and power connectors so that they will line up with a server's backplane connectors ("backplane-ready").

You can see the differences at WD's website WD VelociRaptor 300 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD3000HLFS )

I use them in a desktop with the usual SATA and power cables so the slight difference in HD connector positions is not a factor. Amazingly enough, the "backplane-ready" model connector placement matches regular 3.5" HD connector positions, and the "cable-connect" version's connectors are slightly offset in comparison.

BTW, my Win 7 installation is on the GLFS model.
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01 Jan 2010   #18
GUNNYCANUCK

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The GLFS model is the one that is certified to work on Win7...my issue is that both of my VRaps are HLFS models and it seems that Win7 just refuses to install on them but will install on any other HDD I put into the machine.
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01 Jan 2010   #19
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

As an experiment, I just did fresh installs of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (TechNet version) on both of my VelociRaptors, GLFS and HLFS models. Both accepted the new installations without errors.

I wonder if your problem is related to drive firmware versions? My GLFS version is
03.03V01 and the HLFS version is 04.04V01

My Windows Kernel Version is 6.1.7600.16385
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01 Jan 2010   #20
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Just in passing, I have Win7 Pro x64 installed on a WD1500HLFS, though it is partitioned into 41GB, 16GB, and 83GB partitions. Win7 is installed to the 41GB partition.

No problems.

Note that this machine has 4 hard drives, 3 U320 SCSI drives (running in U160 speed since my ASUS P5Q3 board does not have PCI-X slots and so the Adaptec 29320ALP card has to fit into a "short" PCI slot and thus runs in 32-bit U160 mode, rather than in 64-bit U320 mode).

WinXP Pro 32-bit was previously installed on one partition of one of the SCSI drives. So the install of Win7 64-bit discovered the existing Windows when it went to the target location I pointed it to on the SATA drive. Hence Win7 Boot Manager is installed onto that original partition where WinXP lives, providing bootability from either WinXP on that SCSI drive or Win7 on the SATA drive.

But no problems here installing Win7 onto a 41GB partition of a WD1500HLFS. Are you trying to install Win7 to the full 300GB virgin drive? Or have you created a partition that is much smaller specifically for Win7? If not, can you put the 3000HLFS into another machine, partition it (say with Partition Magic or Partition Wizard) at least to create a relatively small Win7 target partition, and then put it back in your new machine and try the Win7 install again?
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