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Windows 7: Windows does not recognise my HD for a clean install

18 Sep 2015   #1

Win 7 Home premium 64bit
Windows does not recognise my HD for a clean install

My nick says it all

My C drive quite simply died on me over a period of 2 days. Day 2 saw the requiem.
So, now I am replacing my C drive with a 500 Gb drive for my OS (Win 7) and programs only, the previous disk was 1.5 TB with no partition.

Following the install instructions I get to step 6 (Clean Install Windows 7), and all is well. Step 7 states “No Drives were found. Click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation. Windows tells me to load driver. I have checked ever folder available and no “signed Driver” is available.

My next action was to check connections to the replacement drive; all appears fine, the disk is getting worm and I can feel it whirring.

Because the “new” disk had other “stuff” on it, I decided to format it, which I did on my second computer via disk management. The disk is described as “New Volume”; Simple layout; Basic type; NTFS File system; Healthy (primary partition). Capacity 465.76 GB; 465.62 Free space, 100%, % Free; No Fault tolerance and finally, overhead 0%.

Other than advising me to continue banging my head against a brick wall, and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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18 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Most likely your SATA Operation Mode is set as RAID in BIOS. You should be able to change to AHCI (some mobos don't have this choice and then your only choice is RAID). In case of RAID, download the Pre-Install Drivers for RAID/SATA from your motherboard support site, copy to a USB flash drive/CD-DVD. Load these when the option comes. AHCI shouldn't require additional drivers as Windows have a built in driver.
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18 Sep 2015   #3

Win 7 Home premium 64bit

Thank you GoKay,
I'll get onto it now and report back
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18 Sep 2015   #4

Win 7 Home premium 64bit

Oh dear GoKay
It never rains but it pours.
Not too sure what I did wrong but after the initial info screen (memory etc) the next screen is mumbo-jumbo.
I have returned BIOS to optimum best but no improvement
Thanks for your input.
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19 Sep 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Was it set to RAID? What are the other options?
Can you post a screenshot of the mumbo-jumbo (take a photo with phone)?

Also try:
Remove all HDD (unplug power cable) but only the one that you are installing to.
Switch this HDD to the first SATA port (SATA-0 or SATA-1), check your motherboard manual.
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19 Sep 2015   #6

Win 7 Home premium 64bit

Good Morning GoKay and thanks for your persistance

With only one HDD powered, described in BIOS as

"IDE Channel 0 Master" (CD/DVD)
"IDE Channel 0 Slave" (CD/DVD)
"IDE Chanel 1 Master" (500gm HDD)

Also, under Advanced BIOS Features
"Hard Disk Boot Priority"
1) EFI CD/DVD Boot option [AUTO]
2) First Boot Dedvice [CD ROM]
3) Secfond Boot Device [Hard Disk]
4) Third Boot Device [USB-FDD]

To Your first question, it was "IDE Native"

Hope it is of some help

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19 Sep 2015   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Hmm, don't know why this is so - IDE Chanel 1 Master" (500gm HDD)

I guess now SATA Mode has turned to IDE.

Try the Boot Menu (F12) and select CD-ROM, if no go next boot select EFI CD/DVD. Lets see if one of these will boot.

Then if it still doesn't work load optimized defaults in BIOS. And then try those 2 options again.
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19 Sep 2015   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

After BIOS defaults - In BIOS - Integrated Peripherals - make sure OnChip SATA is Enabled and Type is AHCI.
Also Port 4/5 "As SATA Type"
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19 Sep 2015   #9

Win 7 Home premium 64bit

Boot Menu (F12)
Currently the HDD has a "+" preceding it. I selected CD_ROM clicked accept, when I revisted F12 again immediately after the change HDD still had a "+" preceeding it.
I then loaded "Optimised Defaults" in BIOS and revisited F12 to find HDD still had "+" predeeding it. In Boot Menu EFI/DVD is not listed.

Good News!
1) Ctrl.Alt/Del restarted the comp
2) No Goobledy-Gook
3) choice for CD dives, (which I accepted)
4) Windows started to load
5) HDD shown on screen
The HDD was displayed as 3 sections
Partion 1, 58 GB (from memory)
Partion 2, 100 MB
Partion 3, 407 GB (from memory)
6) Windows started to upack and then load onto the computer.
7) at 42% it said fault. Try installing again
8) Error 0x0070507 was displayed, does this mean the Windows disk is corrupted?

I tried installed again only to get a blue screen informing me of a problem a fill list abd A-V Disk defrag etc, should be terminated.
It concluded with*** STOP; 0x0000024 0x00000000000C)8A5, )x00000000000000000, and more.

Finally, ignoring the screen warning, I tried to install again. This time, only the gobbledy-gook appeared on the screen.

I know how ignorant (uninformed) I am on computers but is it possible that BIOS is not saving changes or is "CMOS" arguing with BIOS

"Uninformed" and strugling
pls, excuse any typos, I am now tiring having been up all night

Just went back and entered Boot Menu and no G-G appeared and windows is trying to install again (shakes head). It Didn't
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19 Sep 2015   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I believe the + means that HDD is default first boot. Boot Menu doesn't change the boot order but only boots from the selected device for that time once.

The 500GB disk, is it new or used previously?

The error may indeed be due to a corrupt installation media. Is your Windows a retail license or OEM? If retail you can download another copy from Microsoft (search - Microsoft Software Recovery in Google).

Perhaps download Partition Wizard free bootable (Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition) and delete all existing partitions and run the installer afterwards. Can be done with the installer too (clean install tutorial steps 7-8 should be talking about it).
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