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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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