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Windows 7: New Build Windows 7 install stopped by HD/MB issues

04 Mar 2014   #11

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

One of the applications you suggested i thought it said was a USB program, i had just assumed it was designed for USB only. But on that note also.... I ran out of blank media also!! I am thinking about just using a different HD as the boot drive and then this one as a secondary storage device. It isnt ideal, but should be a decent band-aid for the issue.

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04 Mar 2014   #12

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

Well i had a bnib 120gb SSD that was going to be used for another build, but i decided to throw it in here to see if it had same issues.... It did not... It was able to boot (extremely quicker) than the WD HD, and i am now installing windows. So it appears that the uEFI BIOS of the MB and the connection of the HD are not compatible, or at least i am not able to figure it out as of now. Ordering new parts right now to try and troubleshoot it more.
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05 Mar 2014   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BallaD123 View Post
Error at "convert gpt" same error as above
I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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05 Mar 2014   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Already suggested.
The Lifeguard DOS bootable could have been used but the OP apparently has no boot media (CD/DVD/USB flash).
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07 Mar 2014   #15

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

Well i ordered a new HD that was a 3gb connection, it was not a problem at all. So the new HD worked well with the MB, i am also building a different rig for myself, trying this HD is there as it has 6gb connections and will act as a secondary, my 120gb SSD will be the boot drive. Will update when it is running and firing on all cylinders.
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07 Mar 2014   #16
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Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Hard Drive first to boot, Save changes and Exit.

If you notice UEFI Boot choices in BIOS Boot Priority menu then proceed with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with. If you don't want a UEFI install you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7. This video can help you decide: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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08 Mar 2014   #17

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

I did not want to mess with it anymore, so i just ordered a new HD as the boot disk for this rig and it worked beautifully the first time. So i dont really have any "foxes" other than swapping parts.
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