how do i find the disk controller in the bios

April 15, 2012 at 18:56:33
Specs: Windows XP

I am doing a custom install from Windows XP to Windows 7 and when i want to choose the partition to install it to , an error comes up that says " ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's Bios menu" . Where do I find the controller?
I've looked thru the bios and don't see where it is. Please help.

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#1
April 15, 2012 at 21:39:12

Are you using a laptop computer? If so, you may not have that option because you only have one hard drive.

Controllers control one or more drives.

Do not confuse partitions & hard drives. You can have many partitions on one hard drive.


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#2
April 16, 2012 at 00:35:36

I am using a desktop and only have one hard drive. I could not understand why this error is comimg up. The hard drive is set as the primary master and my dvd drive is set as primary slave. Im wondering if the dvd drive should be set as a secondary master or secondary slave.

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#3
April 16, 2012 at 00:38:14

My Hard drive and dvd drive are both on the same cable in the computer. Also where do I find the disk controller in the bios? Thank you.

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#4
April 16, 2012 at 06:51:50

Without knowing the EXACT model of your computer I couldn't say. BIOS content is set by the manufacturer.

What type of Windows 7 DVD do you have?

Do you have more than one partition on your hard drive?

Is the computer currently working OK?


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#5
April 16, 2012 at 15:51:08

I have an Asus P5GC-MX/1333 Motherboard
Intel (R)Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7300 2.66 Ghz
4 GB ram
running XP home edition Service Pack 3


I ran the Windows upgrade advisor and said my computer was compatable for both the 32bit and 64bit Windows 7 upgrade. I am trying to install the 64bit version.
I know that I am suppose to boot from the disc and do a custom install. (saved all my files). When I get to the part to choose a partition there are 2 partitions there. They both are list as 0 particians, one is the size of my hard drive which says system next to it and the other is small, I think it said like 9gb. When I choose the larger partition (actually either one) the error comes up as stated above.
and yes my computer is running fine.


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#6
April 16, 2012 at 17:51:53

You can't upgrade from Windows 32 bit to Windows 64 bit. You need to perform a clean install.

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#7
April 16, 2012 at 18:11:35

Thank you for trying to help me. According to the microsoft instructions for upgrading from XP 32bit to windows 7 64bit, that when I choose custom install that it is a clean install, so I am confused. I called who I bought my computer from and they don't understand why i am getting the error above. Thank you for trying to help me, but I probably will take it in and have them look at it. Have a great night!

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#8
April 17, 2012 at 05:14:20

Mystiedw

Click on the Microsoft link below to see that you can't do what you want to do.

You need to backup your personal files elsewhere and then perform a clean install. After that you will need to re-install all your programs.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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