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Windows 7: WIN 7 will not load on new HDD

11 Nov 2010   #11

Win 7 Home Premium 32

tw3k - I did not hit a key to get the message. But since it says to insert a disk and press enter, I pressed several times. I did not that when I press ENTER, the light never lights on the CDROM. But it does light and runs a bit upon initial boot.

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12 Nov 2010   #12

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600

Chuck603, I read your OP very carefully. You said

"I received message "Boot From CD" Hesitates a few seconds and then I receive "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

This is your issue ^^ right there.

Try this;
1. Enter the bios and set your boot order to boot from the CD-ROM first. (sounds like you already did that)
2. Insert the install disk in the drive and then restart the computer.
3. When the message "Press Any Key To Boot From CD" appears, do what it says and press any key. You'll only have a few seconds to do this or it will try to boot to you HDD with no partition on it.
You can continue your installation from there.
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12 Nov 2010   #13

Win 7 Home Premium 32

No difference. I press any key and "Boot for CD:" returns and immediately DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER.
Same each time I press enter.
I'm going to pull the HDD out of my daughters machine and see if it will run on this one. Hers in new and I know all the H/w is sound.
Just a note. I see the SATA drive shows up as a slave in IDE channel 2. I was thinking it should be master and was automatically assigned. It's set for auto in BIOS.
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12 Nov 2010   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I remembered I had a similar problem to yours when installing W7 on this box. Maybe you are experiencing the same thing, or if it's a similar issue, maybe my improvised solution will work for you too.

On my install I would install the DVD in drive and re-start, and the boot loader would stall at "CD Boot Device....Ready__", and that message would not change. The curser just kept flashing, and it would not boot the DVD.

After much head scratching I got frustrated and just hit the RESET button on the case to re-boot, and on that restart it would progress to "Press Any Key to Boot From CD" and when I pressed any key it booted the DVD.

So: DVD in tray > restart > freeze > hit RESET > boots the DVD.

Don't ask me why this happens or why that works!
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12 Nov 2010   #15

Win 7 Home Premium 32

TVeblen, thanks. I tried it but still no go. I did take the HDD with Win 7 operating on another machine and put it in this one I'm working on. It booted, but it saw a problem and wanted to do a repair. As I would expect. I tried to skip repair to see what happened and it restarted. Since I have now changed everything except memory, CPU and mobo, I can get a new mobo with a 775 socket for $55 at Microcenter. I sort of think the IDE controller on the mobo may be toasted. Or the SATA controller. I did remove the memory and the graphics accelerator to bring it to a minimum configuration and it still would not read the DVD.

So tomorrow I will hopefully grab the mobo and swap it. I wonder if the new HDD could be the problem? I had a strange problem on my first Win7 install with a bad HDD out of the box. But at least Win7 would start to install.

Thanks all. any other ideas are sure welcome.
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12 Nov 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Any pulling of Hard drives on other computers will result in the same... they will get you a boot screen, followed by a "Windows" logo but then you won't be able to boot to windows because those other hard drives are specific to the machines you are pulling them from (Most OEM vendors tattoo the hards drives to the Mobo's in order to prevent someone from pulling the drive and using the software within on another computer) so that should have been no surprise... Sounds like you just have something plugged in backwards to me...
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13 Nov 2010   #17

Win 7 Home Premium 32

Ballistic, thanks. I considered that the OEM version on the other machine would be specific to that machine. But it did boot to a certain point telling me I have a working processor. I figure for $55 a new mobo should tell me something. I have quadruple triple super duper checked all hardware, cables, you name it. The only think I have not done is check the voltages. I have another Psupply I can drop in though.

Thanks again.
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13 Nov 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Have you tried installing the HDD into another computer and installing Windows 7 onto it??? If not then try that, (This will verify if the hard drive is good or not)if the HDD is good then go ahead and follow through with Windows install on the other machine and when done take it out and install it into the machine your having trouble with but install zero of the other removable devices so it only has one device to draw from at boot up... This should get you into windows on the current build unless their truly is something wrong with the mobo
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13 Nov 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

also don't use your key until you have all the hardware problems worked out so during install on the other computer just follow through without using key to go through for 30 day evaluation since you have OEM and I don't want it to bind the key to the other equipment on the computer your using to install it but not the computer and components that will be the final build you intend to use the key with
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13 Nov 2010   #20

Win 7 Home Premium 32

Excellent idea. Thanks
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