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Windows 7: Hard drive not detected when installing Win7 but it shows in BIOS

04 Aug 2018   #1
msmoorad

Windows 7 32bit build 7600
 
 
Hard drive not detected when installing Win7 but it shows in BIOS

i have a Dell Optiplex 9020. it came without a hard drive & i installed a 1TB SATA HD but im having a problem installing Win 7 32bit.

The Win7 is on a USB flash drive. when i try to install it, it shows NO Hard Drive detected but in the BIOS settings, the HD does appear.

i have tried the "list Disc" option using the command prompt but that only shows the USB flash drive.


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04 Aug 2018   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hi msmoorad

Perhaps you not formatted the hard drive? You should choose format drive first, before initiating the Windows 7 installation
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04 Aug 2018   #3
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi msmoorad,

This might be of use: hard drive not detected during Windows installation

Did you format the HDD BEFORE you tried installing Windows?

I hope this helps!
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10 Aug 2018   #4
msmoorad

Windows 7 32bit build 7600
 
 

fixed: it appears my hard drive is faulty- i never even thought of that as its a fairly new drive-hardly used it but when i connected an older 320gb drive, it was detected & windows installed.

then i connected the 1Tb drive to another pc and it was also not detected- so it seems its the hard drive.

thanks for replying though.
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10 Aug 2018   #5
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

You are very welcome msmoorad, I am glad you have sorted it out!
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