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Windows 7: Windows will not install to 80 GB IDE

25 Jun 2014   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I tried that, still wouldn't work.

I messed with a setting in the BIOS called PCI IDE BusMaster. This was set to Enabled. After disabling this, Windows 7 was able to install. Does anyone know what this setting does? I've never heard of it.

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25 Jun 2014   #32

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I thought he was still using an 80 GB IDE drive Greg

But when in doubt, as Greg said, setting the bios to defaults usually cures the problem, glad you got`er going
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25 Jun 2014   #33
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Okay I'm also lost.
What hard drive was Windows 7 finally installed?
Was it installed AHCI or IDE?
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25 Jun 2014   #34
Microsoft MVP


Did you install on a SATA drive? Why would turning off the IDE Bus resolve an installation on an IDE drive? Tech ARP - PCI IDE Busmaster

I'd double check that.
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26 Jun 2014   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am still using the 80 GB IDE drive which is the only hard drive in the machine. It is working perfectly. I did notice something, though. If I have this setting disabled, windows 7 32-bit will not install. If the setting is set to enabled, windows 7 64-bit will not install. Not sure why this is the case. Resetting the BIOS to defaults sets the IDE BusMaster to 'enabled.'

@Layback Bear
It is set to IDE.
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 Windows will not install to 80 GB IDE

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