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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation doesn't detect hard drive

27 Jan 2010   #11
bigdave9576

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

theog,

Thanks! But thats what I have been trying. I click on load drivers, then I locate the relevant driver and select it. The loading bar moves for a while, and then it returns to that page with no driver in sight.

Do I have to do the whole F6 thing on boot? Or set any jumpers on the actual HD itself?

I'm pulling my hair out!


Thanks!

Dave


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27 Jan 2010   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Dave;

Are you just trying to format an empty disk?

Try this:

run diskpart command from a prompt.

Then each of these commands, followed by the enter key after each one.

list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally Disk 0)

select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

clean (this deletes all partitions)

create partition primary size=80000 (creates a partition with 80 GB space; to use the entire disk as one partition, omit the “size=value” parameter switch; use a similar command to create more partitions if needed or create in Windows 7 after installation)

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit
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27 Jan 2010   #13
bigdave9576

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Where do I run the command prompt? At what point in boot up?

Thanks for the help!
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27 Jan 2010   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you are booting from the Windows 7 install disc, you hit SHIFT and F10 keys at the first screen (where you are asked about language and location).

Those keys in combination drop you into a command prompt, where you then issue the commands.

When you finish and type exit, you will be dropped back into the Windows 7 install.

But I'm not sure you are simply trying to partition, format, and install?
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27 Jan 2010   #15
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigdave9576 View Post
theog,

Thanks! But thats what I have been trying. I click on load drivers, then I locate the relevant driver and select it. The loading bar moves for a while, and then it returns to that page with no driver in sight.

Do I have to do the whole F6 thing on boot? Or set any jumpers on the actual HD itself?

I'm pulling my hair out!


Thanks!

Dave
Are these the drivers you loading?

If not, download from here:

GA-MA790XT-UD4P (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver


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25 Apr 2010   #16
dyce1120

windows 7
 
 

I have the exact same problem as Dave.

Stats:
HP Touchsmart iq506
Intel 2.16 Core Duo
Chipset: Intel Mobile GM965 Express
500GB Seagate drive
Motherboard - Pegatron IMISR-CF

Doing a clean install of windows 7 (tried a recovery of vista as well), so it is not an OS issue. PC had worked fine prior, so there is no wire and or physical drive issue.

During the install it does not show the drive I have (Seagate 500GB), yet in the BIOS it shows up.

However, when I run You cannot select or format a hard disk partition when you try to install Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (step 8) - diskpart
The drive shows up as Disk 1 but as offline (with zero's for size/capacity)

In the Windows 7 Install - when it asks for which drive do you want to load the OS on, I do not have an selections and it calls for the Mass Storage Device driver (
I have loaded the original intel mass storage drivers.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 64-bit Intel® RST Driver Files for F6 Install
to a USB drive and try to load during the process.

So my questions are:
1. How do I confirm which drivers I need based on my computer info?
2. If the diskpart results are showing as they are showing the disk is not online, this I assume is the issue because the storage drivers are not available, thus the drive cannot be detected as online except for when it shows in the BIOS.

I have been struggling at this one for a bit, so thanks in advance for your help!
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25 Apr 2010   #17
dyce1120

windows 7
 
 

Adding to my above thread

I just ran diskpart to view the disks
and it comes up as Disk 1 Status No Media Size = 0
type det disk
and shows no media, no id for the disk, location path unavailable and says no volumes.

So my guess is that the controllers for the drive have either become corrupt during one of the reinstalls. so now the drive does not show.

But again in the BIOS it does show up as being there with the storage size of 500GB.

Thanks for your help!
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26 Apr 2010   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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05 Jun 2010   #19
BigPete7

Windows 7 x64
 
 
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD won't detect in windows 7 x64 install

I am having the same problem - Windows install won't detect my new OCZ Vertex 2 SSD. I have tried the following:

Downloading drivers from Asus website and clicking the "load drivers" button in the install.
Downloading drivers from Intel website and clicking the "load drivers" button in the install.
Updating the bios of my notebook.
Updating the firmware for the SSD (no new firmware release as yet, apparently it was due on 1st June 2010.)
Ghosting the original drive to the SSD - just a normal "disk to disk" ghost. I'm not sure exactly what happened, if it copied fully or it didn't, but there were no error messages. "Missing operating system" (still) after doing this and trying to boot from the SSD.

There are virtially no options for anything in the BIOS apart from boot order. No "ide mode" or "AHCI mode".

There is only 1 HDD bay in this laptop, there is usually two but this model has extra ram slots in the second hdd bay (hence the 8gb ram - 4 x 2gb).

The hdd detects in the bios and is useable if plugged into another working machine, either internally or via a usb cadddy.

pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase somebody help!
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05 Jun 2010   #20
nickc

windows 7
 
 

if you are unable to even install windows 7 this idea may help.
get ubuntu from another computer
Download | Ubuntu
put it on a flash drive
Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux
run linux from the flash drive. once your running from there, open a program called administration>gparted. in gparted you can format any hard drive. it sounded like you couldn't format it because you were using it and you didnt have the os running. im not really sure. i hope this helps! : )
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