Can't install Windows 7 on IDE hard drive

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June 14, 2010 at 05:39:09
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate
I can't install windows7 in my computer with a 80gb seagate hard drive if i replace the drive with a SATA drive in the same machine installation is flawless what is happening is win7 not cmpatible with ide drives how can I install W7 on ide any patches available

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June 14, 2010 at 05:45:54
Yow CAN use an IDE hard drive. Your issue is probably the settings in the BIOS screens.

Your BIOS should have settings to enable/disable all the IDE and SATA ports. Check to verify the IDE is enabled and that your IDE drive is being configured in the BIOS by watching the POST screens at start up.

If all your drives are being configured you should see a screen that allows you to choose where to install Windows. If you didn't see that screen then maybe you have a problem with BIOS settings or IDE configurations.

Do you have more than one IDE drive connected to the same cable as the 80GB? If so, you need to check the jumper settings.

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June 14, 2010 at 14:07:30
It is possible that some old systems are not fully supported. If your system has a sata then it would almost be surely supported either ide or sata.

What gives you a reason that it can't be installed to ide?

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June 15, 2010 at 02:46:33
Thank you guys
I solved the Problem
I was using a dvd writer connected to SATA and an IDE HDD
while connecting a SATA hdd i was able to install W7 on it but while installing to an IDE HDD A window prompt me to insert driver for disk. Finally after a lot of trial and error I removed the SATA dvd writer and connected an IDE DVD writer and Presto the Installation was succesfull
Thank you all the friends responded
you are doing a great work

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June 16, 2010 at 02:15:30
Although you say you solved the problem, the problem should be something else.

Othehill is right.

Jefro is right.

You can install Win7 from a SATA DVD-ROM to an IDE HDD.

You can install Win7 from an IDE DVD-ROM to a SATA HDD.

You can install Win7 from a SATA DVD-ROM to a SATA HDD in both AHCI and IDE mode in BIOS.

What matters is the BIOS settings. If you read the M/B manual carefully, you will know.


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June 17, 2010 at 02:58:57
yes coolguy I agree with you it doesn't make any sense or logic But thank god I am using W7 now
may be a bios error ,interrupt clash or my sata dvd drive may not be reading disks correctly there could be a thousand reason I am not going to cry over the spilled milk. I am Happy that all of you extended a hand to help GUYS THANX

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June 17, 2010 at 06:00:50
It could be a conflict on MB with the IDE port using the same resources as one or two SATA ports, and switching the SATA drive to another connector would solve this problem.

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June 17, 2010 at 06:27:30
Fingers, the SATA controllers use totally different resources than the IDE controllers.

The hardware Mano is installing to may not be fully Windows 7 compliant. In which case AHCI may not be an option in the BIOS screens.

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June 17, 2010 at 20:40:39
Sorry, I stand corrected. I had thought I had read something about a design that acted like that (using IDE shut down the use of 2 of the 4 SATA ports) on a cheap board some time in the past, but I cannot find any current reference to it, so I must have been mistaken (or imagining it). Sorry again.

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June 18, 2010 at 04:40:11
Fingers, don't apologize. You may not be wrong. There are many flavors of IDE/SATA combinations.

Just as on many boards during the transition from USB 1.1 to USB 2.0 there are many variations or IDE/SATA combinations.

When SATA controllers first appeared they were sometimes configured in pairs to run RAID. However they might not allow you to run a single SATA drive when connected to only one.

I wouldn't be surprised by anything.

I ran into a board in the recent past that had half of the SATA ports that you couldn't boot to. You could only use those ports after you were in an OS. I don't know what that was about.

I was only pointing out that the two types of controllers use different resources.

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June 18, 2010 at 06:21:15
Thank you OtheHiLL
please inform me how do we close this discussion or can i just leave it open
thanx again

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June 18, 2010 at 06:30:40
There is no way to close this thread. Eventually the thread will age and the webwaster will lock the thread. Then it can be read but not added to.

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