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Windows 7: Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS

26 Jun 2010   #1
fenrir888

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS

Well i just recently got this system together everything is brand new, and when i try to install windows 7 64-bit home premium it cant see any drives. when i try to load my hard drive it requests that i format the drive. But windows immediately replies saying that "Windows cannot format c:" telling me to check if the drive is connected of if its a read-only file. The BIOS can detect all 640GB of the hard drive, so i know its connected, and there is nothing inside the hard drive at all, so i doubt its a read-only file. I did some surfing and learned that this Hard Drive should not require additional software for windows 7, yet windows 7 appear to say the opposite. I've been working on this build for over a month now and would really like it if i could get this thing up and running already.


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26 Jun 2010   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
Partition - Mark as Active
1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK OR List Volume (If you have partitions)
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT

Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-list-disk.png Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-list-volume.png

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tallation.html


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26 Jun 2010   #3
fenrir888

Windows 7
 
 

that's impossible. It is a blank hard drive, that is intended to be the main hard drive. I'm not simply upgrading the drive from an older version of windows. I'm trying to do a Clean Install of windows 7. so i cannot open a command prompt
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26 Jun 2010   #4
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi fenrir888

Welcome to Seven Forums
Have a look at this thread (2nd post) - it's based on Vista but works for Windows 7 too.

More info here

Hope this helps and regards
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26 Jun 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fenrir888 View Post
that's impossible. It is a blank hard drive, that is intended to be the main hard drive. I'm not simply upgrading the drive from an older version of windows. I'm trying to do a Clean Install of windows 7. so i cannot open a command prompt
1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)

Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-2.png Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-1.png

2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup command prompt)

Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-repair.jpg


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26 Jun 2010   #6
fenrir888

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Hi fenrir888

Welcome to Seven Forums
Have a look at this thread (2nd post) - it's based on Vista but works for Windows 7 too.

More info here

Hope this helps and regards
these links seem to instruct how to initialize a hard drive on an already installed OS, my system is new, and does not have an OS installed yet, and that is the problem i'm trying to fix.
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26 Jun 2010   #7
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi fenrir888

Have a look at what theog has posted above.
If you still cannot access that - then have a look at this (especially screen-shots 6, 8 and 9 - they are not numbered as such but you can count them in sequence from the first)
Hope this helps

Regards
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26 Jun 2010   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Can setup see your HD at this screen?

Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-1.png


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26 Jun 2010   #9
fenrir888

Windows 7
 
 

no it cant, but the command prompt could, i'm currently in the middle of the clean all waiting for everything to be 0 out.
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26 Jun 2010   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fenrir888 View Post
no it cant, but the command prompt could, i'm currently in the middle of the clean all waiting for everything to be 0 out.
You may need to load Sata Controller drivers, download the F6 Sata drivers from here:
GA-M68M-S2P (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview

Windows 7 can't format my WD6401AALS-capture10.png

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup


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