Windows 7 upgrade disc won't boot to new HW

April 7, 2011 at 17:11:22
Specs: Windows Vista
Have a new Intel I5 on an Asus motherboard. Windows 7 upgrade disc won't boot but Asus says the mobo is no problem because its utility disc boots. So I tried loading an old OS. It loaded but was AMD specific and crashed the system. Now I need to format the 2TB SATA hard drive to clear it and try again to load W7. How do I format the hard drive without an operating system. DOS can't handle the big sata drive. Any utility that will boot and take control?

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April 7, 2011 at 18:24:10
Which "old OS" did you try to load?

You may know that you need an in place (installed) & activated Windows OS (of an earlier version than the upgrade version disk you have), in order to use the upgrade OS disk.

If your MOBO doesn't support XP or Vista, I'm not sure if you can use a Windows 7 upgrade disk or not.


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April 8, 2011 at 06:01:28
Thanks for the response.

I understand the Windows7 upgrade issue and am looking for an alternative OS that qualifies and could be legally be loaded on this computer.

My issue now is to reformat the 2TB hard drive without the operating system in place to clear the bad XP load. Anyone know how I can do that? I have 'easy backup' cables and tried to hook it to my laptop's USB port but Windows Vista doesn't recognize the hard drive either. I may have to use the new Asus mobo because it's the only computer I have with a six (6) Gb SATA input that accommodates this new high data transfer SATA drive. The old standard was 3 Gb transfer rate and they use a different SATA port.

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April 8, 2011 at 07:34:25
Well....there's no reason to format it, for just the sake of formatting it. Then next go around for that drive will either be a primary or a secondary HDD, so the format can be done at the OS load via the OS CD if you want to use it as a primary HDD, or you can format it IN Windows via Disk Management if you use it as a secondary drive.

If you really feel the need to whack the HDD, D/L Darik's Boot & NUKE (DBAN), make bootable floppy or CD to run the DBAN program to wipe the drive.

Other testing (& erase) HDD utilities are available free from the HDD manufacturers websites; just D/L and create bootable floppies or CDs:

- Seagate/Maxtor (Maxtor acquired by Seagate): Seatools.
- Western Digital: DataLifeguard.
- Fujitsu: Fujitsu Drive Test (FJDT).
- Hitachi/IBM: Hitachi Drive Fitness (HDFT).
- Samsung: (HUTIL).
- Toshiba (Fujitsu, Samsung or Hitachi utilities may work).

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April 8, 2011 at 19:21:30
Dear PC Geek,
Thanks for the great advice. You can see I know not what I do. Just thought formatting the drive would clear the corrupted OS and keep it from stopping my boot process. I'll try again wih another edition of Windows 7, or go back to XP.

Thanks again.


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