Windows will not install to 80 GB IDE

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  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Windows will not install to 80 GB IDE

    I had an HP Pavilion A805N that had 7 64-bit running on an 80 GB Western Digital IDE drive which was working perfectly... until the motherboard started locking up (due to blown capacitors). I got a new motherboard along with RAM and CPU. I am trying this hard drive on this new board and the BIOS does recognize the drive. When I go to setup, the drive is seen there. However, I cannot install windows for an unknown reason. I have tried changing to AHCI mode and the problem persists. I know this drive is good because it works on another computer. Is it possible to install 7 on this setup?

    Specs of old build:
    -CPU: Intel P4 3.4Ghz Hyperthreaded
    -RAM: 4GB DDR1
    -80GB IDE hard drive

    Specs of new build:
    -MoBo: MSI 760GM-E51 (FX)
    -CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 3.1Ghz
    -RAM: 4GB DDR3
    -The same 80GB hard drive
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  2. Posts : 9,606
    Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

    Welcome matt965,

    Did you erase, clean, & format the old 80gb HD and reformat it ? Or are you trying to use it as is ?
    Is the jumper on the IDE in the correct position, if any other IDE devices are on the same cable ?

    Could you describe the error messages you get in more detail as to why win7 will not install.
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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Originally, I was trying to use it as is. Before I pulled the old board, I uninstalled all the drivers (graphics, Ethernet, etc.). When I tried booting, the PC acted like there wasn't a bootable volume anywhere. I then went to set-up, deleted the partition, and added a new one. Format doesn't do anything either.

    The message I see says "Windows cannot install to Disk 0 Partition 1 (Show details)"
    When I click that message, a window says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

    The jumpers are set correctly. Nothing has changed as far as disk setup goes.
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  4. Posts : 9,606
    Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

    Sounds like you may have to use a bootable CD of FREE Partition Wizard to make this a raw HD again.

    Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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  5.    #5

    Does your new mobo have UEFI? If so you'll need to either reinstall to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums or enter BIOS setup to enable CSM or Legacy mode to either adjust your old Win7 to boot or Clean Install Windows 7 normally after deleting all partitions l as shown in Steps 7 and 8.

    Before you wipe the drive you can try to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

    If it doesn't start after P2P Adjust, confirm the Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times from the Win7 disk.

    Let us know how this goes as it may be necessary to proceed with Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Partition Wizard completely erased the drive and formatted with success, but the installer still won't install.

    This MoBo does not have a UEFI option nor does it have a legacy boot option. I tried the formatting options in cmd off the setup DVD. The problem still persists.
    Last edited by matt965; 22 Jun 2014 at 02:24.
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  7.    #7

    Then, again, work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums which resolve most installation failures.
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  8. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    I don't have a "custom install" option when trying to install. I went through the format partitioning part and the drive is now marked active, but windows still refuses to install.
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  9. Posts : 8,870
    Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

    Mumbles something about terabyte drives for 50 bucks.

    Why deal with an outdated low capacity IDE drive when you can get a new SATA drive with more than ten times the capacity for 50 bucks.
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  10.    #10

    Please take pictures showing install screens. Impossible there would be no Custom choice if installer is booted and not modified somehow. Where did you get it?

    Try a new installer from tutorial. Are you skipping any other steps? The skipped step is often the solution.
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