Solved new computer When I put w7 in dvd drive says not a bootable

December 7, 2013 at 16:38:41
Specs: Windows 7, Amd fx-1600 3.30GHz 8GB Patriot Ram
error: not a bootable device. Built computer. Tried to put windows 7 with DVD drive. Not a bootable drive comes up.Msi board 760gm-p23fx,Amd fx-1600 processor,8 GB patriot ram,WD Sata HDD,LG Sata DVD drive. Bios says drives were auto detected,but when I check it says they're disabled.

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December 10, 2013 at 14:00:11
You didn't need to install using a second computer. Just needed to fix the optical drive.


#1
December 7, 2013 at 17:48:06
"Bios says drives were auto detected, but when I check it says they're disabled"
Probably far too simple but if you mean the drives are shown as disabled in BIOS, won't they just enable from there?

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#2
December 7, 2013 at 17:55:35
Yeah, the disk is probably bootable but for whatever reason the drives, including the DVD drive, aren't set up right. Sometimes you need to specifically enable SATA. Check the motherboard manual if you're not sure.

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#3
December 8, 2013 at 08:43:02
Usually they say enable or disable. Enable not an option.Thanks though. Couldn't find anything in manual.
Tried old windows XP disk I know works.

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#4
December 8, 2013 at 11:11:16
So did the WinXP disk actually work? If so, you may not be using a DVD capable optical drive.

WinXP comes on CD. Windows 7 DVD.

If installing new you should set the BIOS to use AHCI.

Are you using a full version DVD of Windows 7 or a recovery disk?


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#5
December 8, 2013 at 12:19:43
`Windows XP disk- same error.Going to try AHCI.
Tried AHCI. Didn't show boot list. Went straight to no bootable device.
Had Raid on list, that didn't work either. Reset Bios before trying AHCI.

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#6
December 8, 2013 at 14:21:14
You still MUST set the boot order and also choose which hard drive to boot to if you have more than one. Set boot order to CD first then your hard drive.

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#7
December 8, 2013 at 22:11:59
Did that. Had SATA HDD on another computer. Put it in,had windows 7 on it,everything worked fine. Cd/dvd drive worked and USB. Put HDD in other computer to put in OS, disabled other computer CD/DVD drive.
I've been doing this for 40 years, haven't worked with SATA that much.
How would putting a SATA HDD in another computer disable a cd/dvd drive.Bios didn't even pick up the drive when I checked.Perplexed.

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#8
December 9, 2013 at 05:23:14
Are you attempting to boot to a full version Windows 7 DVD or to a recycled hard drive with Windows 7 installed on it?

Where are you seeing the message that the drives are disabled?

Generally speaking when you change hardware you will at least need to perform a repair installation.

I assume you have BOTH power and data cables connected to your SATA drives.



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#9
December 9, 2013 at 16:16:28
Solved. Put HDD in another computer. Put Win 7 on it, put back in new computer. Works fine.Thanks for the help.

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#10
December 9, 2013 at 16:29:07
If the motherboards were different I'm surprised it didn't trip up on drivers when you put it back in the new computer.

Whatever, nicely done and thanks for popping back to let us know.

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#11
December 9, 2013 at 22:05:35
So, is your DC/DVD drive now working in the new build? Seems to me that you did not solve that issue.

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#12
December 10, 2013 at 07:13:00
Every thing works,including USB. When I put new HDD in old computer the optical drive wouldn.t work. Hooked HDD to another SATA power line,picked up optical drive.I don't understand it,but it worked. Reset BIOS before I started.

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#13
December 10, 2013 at 14:00:11
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You didn't need to install using a second computer. Just needed to fix the optical drive.

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#14
December 10, 2013 at 16:28:36
I think you're right, but it's working now.

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