Solved Can't Install Windows 7 on WD EIDE Hard Drive

December 31, 2016 at 10:29:36
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to install Windows 7 on an older computer that I just installed a WD EIDE 160G HD. It asks I insert the system disk and press enter but doesn't respond.

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December 31, 2016 at 14:55:31
Confirm the CD/DVD is properly listed in BIOS.
Begin tapping 'any key' as soon as it begins booting (a letter, not Enter, Delete, or F# key).
Make sure it is a DVD drive and not an old CD drive (Windows 7 comes on DVD).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
December 31, 2016 at 13:14:26
Not enough details provided.

The message is looking for a disk (hard drive) with an operating system installed.

Do you have the BIOS set to boot from CD first, and the hard drive settings in IDE compatibility mode?

Are you booting to the Windows 7 DVD?


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#2
December 31, 2016 at 13:14:43
You haven't explained how you're going about it? You should configure the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD drive is listed 1st, HDD is listed 2nd. Boot the system with the Win7 disk in the drive & "press any key..." when you see the prompt.

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#3
December 31, 2016 at 14:37:18
Sorry about that. Yes, I've got the BIOS set to boot from cd/dvd drive 1st, HDD as 2nd.It is set for IDE mode.I boot the system from the Win 7 disk and I get the message to press "enter" with the disk in the drive and I get no response. I've changed out the disk drive with a known good drive and get the same results. The keyboard is good because I can navigate through the set up menu.

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#4
December 31, 2016 at 14:55:31
✔ Best Answer
Confirm the CD/DVD is properly listed in BIOS.
Begin tapping 'any key' as soon as it begins booting (a letter, not Enter, Delete, or F# key).
Make sure it is a DVD drive and not an old CD drive (Windows 7 comes on DVD).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
December 31, 2016 at 16:27:55
Clean Installation with Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

Windows 7 - Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions
http://www.sevenforums.com/installa...

W7 - Click on > Drive options (advanced) Then highlight each partition & hit > Delete.
Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions.
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-cle...
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...

Plan Your Windows 7 Clean Install
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...
How To Clean Install Windows 7 (Part 2 of 3)
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...
How To Clean Install Windows 7 (Part 3 of 3)
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...
Installing and reinstalling Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...

How to Reinstall Windows 7
http://www.wikihow.com/Reinstall-Wi...

Windows 7 system requirements
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.


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#6
December 31, 2016 at 18:19:52
Sounds you win 7 disc is damaged.
If you have a product Key, try to start here with a new DVD image:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

Or here (have not tried this site):
http://windowsiso.net/


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#7
January 1, 2017 at 07:11:35
Long shot but try washing the disc with washing up liquid and warm water. Use your thumb and work from inside to outside. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.

Sometimes copying the disc can work even though the original does not interact properly when being used as the install device.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
January 1, 2017 at 10:11:27
Thanks everyone for your suggestions but, a special pat on the back to Fingers with the simple solution to tap something besides Enter when booting up. I've done numerous installs but never encountered this. I'll be jotting this down for future reference. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site. Thanks again

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#9
January 1, 2017 at 21:30:47
You are welcome. Sometimes an insight comes out of left field and I do not always know why. Something said to me that someone logical might be tapping the Enter and I had an issue once though it was slightly different. Anyway, glad you got it straightened out.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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