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Windows 7: Cannot install Windows to this hard disk?

11 Feb 2011   #11
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello doh23, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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Thanks for the welcome, I don't think that link is what I needed but I did find a tutorial to make a USB msdos loader in the related tutorials section which I'm pretty sure is what I needed.


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11 Feb 2011   #12
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

Updated the BIOS :) but still , one thing I failed to realize that after it says Windows cannot be installed, it also says "this disk may fail soon", is this an error I can get by?
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11 Feb 2011   #13
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Run the HD maker's diagnostics/repair CD extended scan: HD Diagnostic

Follow this by running Disk Check from command line at boot if necessary: System Recovery Options
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11 Feb 2011   #14
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Run the HD maker's diagnostics/repair CD extended scan: HD Diagnostic

Follow this by running Disk Check from command line at boot if necessary: System Recovery Options
I just did it with a cd I had, all harddrive tests failed...
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12 Feb 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?
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12 Feb 2011   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Try another HD, if HD Diagnostics and Disk Check cannot repair the HD.
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12 Feb 2011   #17
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

I changed the hdd with my netbooks and it didn't give any errors before installation, I didn't go through with the installation as I have to go back and backup the files from the netbook hard drive but it seemed like it would work
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12 Feb 2011   #18
doh23

Windows XP
 
 

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I put the windows 7 iso on a USB since I knew it would install faster than from cd, for some reason I decided to try to install again on my Dell's HDD and even though I got those same errors I was able to hit next and install anyways. Thanks for all replies guys.
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12 Feb 2011   #19
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If Win7 can now install to the HD then running the HD diagnostics followed by chkdsk might be able to repair the HD to extend it's life. Even then I would run both tests monthly to monitor it.

Otherwise based on the tests so far I would not expect it to last long.
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12 Feb 2011   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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