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Windows 7: Windows 7 Install No HDD's

30 Nov 2010   #11

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

here are a couple of KB articles that may help troubleshoot the problem:

You cannot select or format a hard disk partition when you try to install Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Error message when you try to install Windows Vista: "Windows is unable to find a system volume which meets its criteria for installation"

here is a boot cd that might be useful if you can burn it from another computer or load it on a flash drive:

UBCD for Windows

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2010   #12

windows 7 prem. home x64

Well got frustrated last night and remembered I had an old SATA drive that had been formatted for XP (wiped of XP system but still had some system files on it) windows 7 install saw it and installed to it perfectly. Not sure why though. Now windows does not see the other hard drive (one I have been trying to install to). I will dig through the forum and see if i can find the solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2011   #13

windows 7 prem. home x64

Sorry for the late follow up here. Anyone having this same issue. Physically Jumper your drive to a lower SATA speed until you get your drivers installed. Worked like a charm!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 May 2012   #14

vista 32
Same issue

I have also gone through all the same problems and solutions you have spoken about in this thread. Was relieved to see you added jumper to SATA drive to lower speed but, when I did it Windows 7 install still did not recognise the drive. Correct me if I am wrong but, you did see the drive before adding sata drivers or did you add drivers first and also which drivers where they and where do I get them?

Desperately Appreciated
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


Win7 should have all SATA drivers in the installer. Where did you get Win7? Is it the latest installer with SP1?

Try wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command then creating and marking Active your partition first: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2012   #16

vista 32

OEM WIN7 and it installed once and ran fine for a while.
Thinking of trying an older drive....
Thanks G
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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