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Windows 7: Just cannot do a clean re-install

20 Oct 2010   #21
Microsoft MVP


Trying to install a separate HD should not affect your Win7 installation unless you changed settings in BIOS. If it is a data drive there should be no BIOS settings changes needed - just make sure it registers. If it has a bootable OS then you can use the one-time BIOS Boot menu key given on first screen.

Try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS
Then try plugging SSD into another port, make sure it registers in BIOS correctly.
Check to make sure you have the latest BIOS update.

Your response to earlier suggestion to test RAM with memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes is that RAM is working in other install. You need to test your RAM with any problems like this.

Test each HD as well using maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Then from the DVD Command Line run Disk Check on each.

Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console with only your Win7 HD installed, accept any offered repair, reboot to test if it starts. If not, boot back into Repair, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts. Startup Repair

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20 Oct 2010   #22

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hey, many thanks gregrocker, will do that and be methodical about it.
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20 Oct 2010   #23
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post

Put the HDD back in the machine and do a clean all "secure erase" that will over-write all the old Windows code and all other data on the entire HDD and leave it as unallocated space.

Have a look at Step One of this tutorial for an out-line on the wipe "clean all" procedure; be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

I guess I wasn't specific enough about doing the wipe before Windows actually starts, as soon as you add the HDD boot directly to diskpart and do the wipe and when finished, then start Windows, my apologies mate, this is how I meant for you to do it.
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