Brand new HDD won't appear in Win 7 instal

Toshiba Portege m750 tablet pc
February 24, 2010 at 19:30:09
Specs: Windows 7
A couple weeks ago I was on my laptop which had windows xp. It randomly crashed and I couldn't get it to start or do anything so i put Killdisk on a CD and formated my hard drive. After that I bought windows 7 ( i was already thinking about it and knew my laptop was compatable) and i tried to install it but in the installation no hard drives showed up and it wanted me to install drivers. I downloaded the drivers onto a flash drive, no luck. I assumed it was the Hard Drive so i bought a brand new WD Scorpio Blue 120 GB hard drive SATA. I had the same problem! I fromated it to NTFS and to exFAT and neither worked! Someone please help me!

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February 24, 2010 at 21:32:19
Unless it was going already, from what I have heard about Killdisk, it may have caused your disk problem (I believe it is for wiping a disk before disposing of it), but that does not explain your problem with your new drive. After installing your new drive, go into your BIOS and make sure that it is recognized, and that your DVD drive is first in boot order for your install. Your Windows 7 disk should be able to format the disk and activate your partition(s) at the beginning of your install. If it is recognized in your BIOS but Windows 7 cannot see it, you may first need to use Western Digital's utility to format/partition/initialize it (NTFS). If WD's utility cannot proceed, consider returning it for exchange. If your BIOS does not recognize it, try unplugging and replugging it in again and repeat above. If it is still not recognized, either the HD is bad or you have either motherboard problems or battery/power problems. (and not a bad idea to test your RAM either with Memtest)

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February 25, 2010 at 04:47:58
The hard drive is being recognized in the bios it tells me the
serial numer and everything I also have a hard drive enclosure
which I am using to format the drives in administrative
tools>computer managment>storage> disk managment. I also
can use the toshiba and WD HDD's as mass storage devices
on my desktop. I formated them to NTFS and exFAT and both
were not recognized by win7 or the WD disk utility.

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February 25, 2010 at 05:00:49
Please let Win 7 do the formatting. Your format utility may be using different boundary layers. Win 7 has its own.


EDIT: Use this info for your next HDD.


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February 25, 2010 at 13:36:19
The hard drive won't even show up in windows 7 installation thats what my problem is.

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February 25, 2010 at 16:17:13
Check the BIOS for the status of the disk.

Windows 7 News!

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February 25, 2010 at 17:56:07
Ok i fixed the problem by switching to RAID-0 in the BIOS and in the Win7 installation I uploaded some Toshiba RAID drivers and everything works great now.

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