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Windows 7: Window 7 setup is not recognizing my hard drive

24 Nov 2011   #1

Window 7
Window 7 setup is not recognizing my hard drive

My computer was working fine couple of days ago until it froze up when i was playing a game. I tried to quit the game but next thing i know my whole computer froze up. So i had to forcefully restart my computer. When i tried to restart my computer, it give an error message: windows can't start and shuts down. So i tried to re-install my Window 7(64-bit) operating system. After booting from the window disk, it started the setup but it will not recognize my hard drive any more. I went into BIOS to see if my hard drive is getting recognized and yes it was. It is set to ATA/IDE Mode: Native and CHipset-SATA Mode: AHCI(and Yes i did tried setting it to IDE or Raid but nothing worked) and then i can see my hard drive listed there in SATA Port 0. I searched some forums and tried using diskpart solution to clean my hard drive completely by using shift-F10 command, but when i write "list disk" it says in diskpart "There are no fixed disks to show". I tried to change the cables connecting my hard drive to motherboard and the power cable but nothing works. Please if anyone can help me solve this problem it would be great.

P.S when the computer is on, the hard drive vibrates(as in something is circling inside) so i am guessing it is running so it is receiving power properely.

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24 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Did you know you can repair Win7 using System Recovery Options if it won't boot?

I'd first test your HD using maker's HD Diagnostic diagnostics/repair extended CD scan,
followed by Disk Check run from Recovery options Command line.

Now boot into Recovery options to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if WIn7 will start.

Startup Repair should automate System Restore and System File checker, but if not run them manuall from the Options links for SysRestore and Command Line: SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot

If this fails you can copy out your files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then reset the BIOS to optimal defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, boot Install DVD to try install to wiped HD, allowing installer to create and format the partition by clicking Next.
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24 Nov 2011   #3

Window 7

Currently creating a cd for the HD Diagnostic. Found another thing, if there is no cd in the computer and i start the computer, an error shows up saying
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent
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24 Nov 2011   #4

Window 7

Update on the HD Diagnostic test: I chose the Long Test option and it does recognizes my hard drive but all it has done is found error(s) on my hard drive, so far the number of error is in 100s and 0% progression, seems like this will never end
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