Can't install win7 on my HP 8200 Elite i7

August 29, 2017 at 16:22:29
Specs: Windows 7
Can't install win7 on my HP 8200 Elite i7

I tried to mount and set up an additional HD. The computer only offered one sata cable so I plugged in a second. So now I have 2 HDs, or so I thought. It wont fire up, not even close. I get the error message there is no operation system. press control/alt/c. It won't read from the USB or a disk drive. I installed a recently formatted HD .. same ol same ol. To me the problem could well be in the hub where the sata cables plug into the mother board. That's the only thing I touched.There are 4 female slots there. Does it matter which one I plug into? Logically I assume there must be a reason why there were no additional sata cables. Every computer I've ever opened up had two of each variety (don;t know what the large one is called).


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#1
August 29, 2017 at 17:15:49
From the manual: "The primary Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive must be connected to the dark blue SATA connector on the system board labeled SATA0. If you are adding a second hard drive, connect it to the light blue SATA1 connector."

https://nlc.nebraska.gov/Grants/LBB...


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#2
August 29, 2017 at 17:36:02
That's good to know. But I must be connected to the dark blue cause that's the only one.

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#3
August 29, 2017 at 17:55:41
Oh, now I get it. When there were 2 HDs I connected the secondary to I think was the light green. Have I fried my motherboard?

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#4
August 29, 2017 at 22:19:38
According to the manual, F10 should allow you to choose from what device you want to boot.
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...

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#5
August 29, 2017 at 23:44:41
On an HP 8200 F10 gets you into the BIOS, F9 gets you into the boot menu

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#6
August 30, 2017 at 08:46:40
If you checked the link in response #1, there are 4 different versions of the 8200 Elite, so you might wanna see what the manual says for your particular model. Look at "system board connections". The SATA connectors are right next to each other. I don't see any that are light green. It looks like the options are dark blue, light blue, & possibly white if you have the mini-tower or micro-tower.

"I installed a recently formatted HD"

You realize you can't boot from a formatted HDD, right? A formatted drive has no data & no operating system.


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#7
August 31, 2017 at 02:31:08
has SFF at the end of the model #

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#8
August 31, 2017 at 02:32:20
Here we are less than a day later and it's gone again. Exactly as it was before.

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#9
August 31, 2017 at 04:18:46
The HD's sata cable WAS in the light blue socket. I put it in the dark blue socket .. same problem .. no operation system. I hit F2, F8, F9, F10, F12 upon startup and get nothing.

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#10
August 31, 2017 at 09:25:11
SFF = Small Form Factor.

The primary HDD should be connected to the dark blue connector. If you have a 2nd HDD, it should be connected to the light blue connector. Did you see the last line in response #6? You said you formatted the HDD. A formatted HDD has nothing on it (no operating system) & therefore is not bootable. 1st you partition a HDD, then you format it, then you can install the OS (or use it for data storage). Unless you have a different understanding of what "format" means, a formatted HDD is blank.


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#11
August 31, 2017 at 09:33:52
Yes I know, it's blank. But if you put in a blank HD and insert your Windows disk, then boot and you get a notice, there is no operating system ....

Then you go to the boot menu and you get the same notice, what then? I have three other HDs, tried them all.

And yes, dark blue for the primary.


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#12
August 31, 2017 at 13:14:08
"if you put in a blank HD and insert your Windows disk, then boot and you get a notice, there is no operating system ...."

Of course! The system isn't booting off the Windows disc, it's attempting to boot off the blank HDD. Enter the BIOS & change the boot order so that the 1st boot device is the DVD drive. That's what the problem has been all along. Start the computer & immediately begin tapping the F10 key, then correct the boot order. Make sure to save before you exit.

https://support.hp.com/us-en/docume...


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#13
August 31, 2017 at 14:15:41
I've already tried all that. That's the way it's supposed to work. I have win7 on a thumb drive and xp on a disk. (damn, I'd take xp at this point). No matter what the boot order or device it won't boot. There is still the last OS on that hard disk. Prolly hardware, bad socket or wire.

I live in a small pueblo 50 miles from Guadalajara. No teckies round here. I'm on my own. Thanks for your concern.


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#14
September 1, 2017 at 06:10:36
" There is still the last OS on that hard disk"

You said the HDD was formatted? Is the OS installation from the computer you're working on or from a different system? Generally, HDDs with an OS already installed will not boot on different hardware.

" I have win7 on a thumb drive and xp on a disk"

Are you sure your thumb drive is bootable? Are you sure you set the boot order so that USB is the 1st boot device? XP will not install unless the SATA drivers are pre-loaded, otherwise you'll get "no HDD found" or something similar. There are ways around it but it will take some work. Here's an old "how-to" but I don't know if the links are still good or not:

https://www.computing.net/howtos/sh...


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