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Windows 7: New Hard Drive , getting BSOD 0x0F4

01 Jul 2012   #11

Windows 7 - 64 bit Ultimate

Before my OS drive went bad I had a 2 tb drive in there that I used for storage. It picked it up, even now when it goes through POST and lists all the components it still identifies the drives correctly, so can i rule out the bios needing updating?

Thanks again for all your help, still hard to believe that a brand new hard drive just shows up dead. I heard it happens but so far it has never happened to me lol.

Guess first time for everything.

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01 Jul 2012   #12
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You generally wouldn't have any need to rush for any bios update. Years back when drive capacities first started to grow beyond bios capabillities bios overlay programs were common.

The LBA option in the bios for larger was often seen as well as the need to change things manually by typing in a figure to represent the capacity was how to handle larger drives back in the 90s! When something is broken or a newer updated bios offers a fix or support for something new then you would usually go for the update.
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02 Jul 2012   #13

Windows 7 - 64 bit Ultimate

Ok so, RMAed that drive.

Went to best buy just to test to make sure for sure it was that drive, and now after windows installation finishes it just sits there at the starting windows logo screen. I have left it there for like 20 + minutes and still nothing.

What could be going wrong? When I try to do windows in safe mode with networking it hangs right after saying "Loaded: \windows\system32\DRIVERS\disk.sys".

Edit: After waiting a while (5 minutes) it actually loaded into safe mode and I ran the startup repair tool which said it couldn't do anything.

I tried using the command bcdedit | find "osdevice" to list the drive that the OS was on so I could do fixmbr, and it cant find any drives.
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02 Jul 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP


If you're ready now to start troubleshooting your install then work through these steps given earlier. Based on your feedback there will be more steps.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals.

Test RAM - Test with Memtest86+ for 5-6 passes or overnight to stress it. Remove all but 2gb RAM to try install. Swap RAM sticks, check for debris in slots.

Follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are same for retail.
Where did you get Win7? How is it activated?
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03 Jul 2012   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

If I am correct he bought a full version or upgrade disk and installed 7 on a custom build. With a totally new drive I would tend to suspect the 7 installs are not complete which is generally due to problems with an optical drive if not disk in bad shape like scratched up or smeared with finger marks.

One consideration for an alternative method of seeing 7 go on if the drive is the problem would be creating a USB Install Key. The installations once you have a good key made up seem to go much smoother with a reduction of time to some extent during different parts of the 7 install. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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