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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Not Showing up in Installation

17 Apr 2010   #1
Anpippin

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
New Hard Drive Not Showing up in Installation

Hey i just got a new Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Hard Drive, and it will show up in my computer, but will not show up in my Windows 7 Installation screen. I currently have 2 hard drive's in my machine the 500GB and a 320GB, and Windows 7 is installed on my 320GB Hard Drive. How would I make the 500GB Hard Drive show up in the installation, so that I can install Windows 7 to it?


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17 Apr 2010   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Did you use the WD Lifeguard software to format and partition this disc? Register the drive with serial number on WD's site and you can have access to all sorts of other free and useful software. I believe the lifeguard is openware and works with all manufacturers drives.
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21 Apr 2010   #3
Pikey

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

I think you also need to go into the 'Disk Management' screen and assign it a drive letter .. type 'partition' in the search bar to get there.
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21 Apr 2010   #4
Crispy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Can you see the drives in the BIOS and are they showing up on the post screen when the computer tunes on?
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22 Apr 2010   #5
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Go to diskmanagement and delete the volume and leave it as unallocated space - first make sure it has been initialized - just open help if you need it - basically just right click the drive and you can see the options. Then during install create a partition in the unallocated space and install to it.
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22 Apr 2010   #6
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

If you want to install Windows 7 on a new drive, just set that drive as the first boot device in the BIOS. You shouldn't have to do any of the above suggestions. You don't have to format [partition] or initialize a HDD to install Windows on it.
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22 Apr 2010   #7
ufp624

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

just a suggestion. remove the 320 drive and replace with the 500. do not connect the 320 just as yet. now try if you can install 7 with the 320 removed.
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22 Apr 2010   #8
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ufp624 View Post
just a suggestion. remove the 320 drive and replace with the 500. do not connect the 320 just as yet. now try if you can install 7 with the 320 removed.
I'll second that. That's what I always do.
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