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Windows 7: Hard drive wont show up

18 Dec 2010   #1
luigi399

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Hard drive wont show up

Evening, like title says my harddrive wont show up when I'm installing windows 7. I followed the instructions up to the select a harddrive/partition but it wont show and says that I need an installation media for it to be read.

I assume this would be where I need a RAID file from my usb but where would I be able to find/download one from?

Laptop in question is a
Satelite L555-S7916
3 gb RAM
has a 500gb WD Scorpio Blue

Is there anything in particular I need to know or should put down to hep?
I'm at a total lost and dont want to do anything dangerous to my laptop.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.


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19 Dec 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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19 Dec 2010   #3
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

is the drive formated ? and if so is it formated in ( ntfs ) ?
thats the first thing that comes to mind .
you can also try (diskpart)
hold (shift + F10) at the screen before the install screen then type
diskpart
then type
list disk
then type
select disk (the disk thats not being seen)
then type
create partition primary

that should let windows see the drive now..
hope that helps ....

scrooge
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19 Dec 2010   #4
luigi399

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Well I tired doing what the stuff in the first tutorial you listed said but command prompt is telling me no disk is selected at all when I type in diskpart and then list disk.

as for the second tutorial, I'm up to step 8, where you need RAID drivers but I dont have any.

And no my harddrive isnt formatted.
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19 Dec 2010   #5
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

after list disk you have to type select disk and the number next to the drive you want like this select disk 0 or select disk 1 and so on.

scrooge
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19 Dec 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Win7 installer has all SATA drivers so the issue is likely lack of formatting as Scrooge is saying, or incorrect BIOS settings.

Is the HD seen in BIOS setup? What is the SATA controller setting? Try AHCI first, then IDE mode if necessary.
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19 Dec 2010   #7
luigi399

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

@ Scrooge: Its still saying disk not found when i type in that command.

@ greg: I dont see HDD but does FDD mean anything similar? And SATA is in AHCI mode right now.
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19 Dec 2010   #8
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

if your not seeing the drive in your bios maybe try shuting down your system and change the plug to another plug . you should have it in a (red or black) plug not the (white or orange) one.


i guess i should read everything before posting your using a Laptop . the settings i was thing is for desktops ........ sorry
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19 Dec 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Floppy Disk Drive? The laptop specs don't show one ships with it.

If your HD doesn't show up where it should register in BIOS setup, then it may need to be reinstalled.
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19 Dec 2010   #10
luigi399

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Plugs? this doesnt mean I'll have to open up my laptop does it?

And reinstalled? as in make sure the HD snugs right into the pins?
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