Solved cant see harddrive to install window 7

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March 2, 2014 at 07:31:22
Specs: windows 7, 4.00 GHz / 8 GB
l have just finished upgrading/building (motherboard, cpu, ram, graph's card), yestarday l was trying to install the new operating system (win 7) onto my reformatted harddrive, when l ran the dvd, l went through the promps, when it got to upgrade or full install, l clicked on full install and a new page came up showing no drive to install the op sys on. l connected all the hardware ok and cables. Please can somebody help as it is driving me nuts, it is only my second new build ..................... thank you

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March 3, 2014 at 11:02:29
Sounds like you need to setup the HDD the "right" way. When you see the "press any key to boot from disk", go ahead & press a key! Accept the license terms, then select "Custom (advanced)". When you get to the "where do you want to install?" screen, click on "Drive options (advanced)", then delete ALL partitions so that you have nothing left but unallocated space, then click Next. From there, all you need to do is follow the prompts.

This guide should help: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Wind...



#1
March 2, 2014 at 08:46:26
Did you check the BIOS to make sure the HDD is being recognized? How did you pre-format it?

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March 2, 2014 at 09:48:00
Hello Rider, Yes, l went into the bio's and checked, it sats the cd/dvd drive is showing, but not the hard drive, lve use 3 diffent drive, but still the same out come, also l changed the sata input to another, l have 6. l formatted it using my laptop, right click format

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#3
March 2, 2014 at 12:04:35
If the hard drive isn't showing up in the BIOS, there's no point in going any further. You can't install to a drive that isn't being recognized. You have to determine WHY it's not recognized (bad cable, not connected to the proper SATA header, incorrect BIOS setting, etc) & fix it.

And although you can pre-format a drive, the partitioning & formatting is generally done as part of the Windows installation. I'm guessing the pre-format was done to avoid having the hidden 100MB boot partition created?


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March 2, 2014 at 12:57:57
ok, l will go through the cables and check them, and check sata headers, earlier l downloaded the newest bio's update on a flash drive, ready to update.
the drive as l said was formatted on my laptop, as a right click format, l dont know what the 100mb is forthe bio's on the Motherboard

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March 2, 2014 at 14:18:03
"as l said was formatted on my laptop"

I know what you said, my question is why did you do it that way?

During a "normal" installation, the partitioning & formatting is done as part of the install process & during that process, Win7 creates a hidden 100MB partition (aka "system reserved") that stores the boot info & BitLocker Encryption files. The reason most people pre-format their HDD is to avoid having that partition created. And I'm curious, when you did the right click format on another system, was it running Win7? Did you do a quick or full format? Full is the way to go. The downside is it can take several hours.

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March 3, 2014 at 06:13:17
sorry, that was the way that l know to format it. it was quick formatted, not a full format. Thanks for explaning about the 100mb, l did not know. My laptop is windows 8.1, that l used to format the drive.

l have manged to get the Hard Drive visable in the bio's, l unplugged the cables (sata cables) and reconnected them, but did not work, then l changed to different sata headers, which worked, now the hard drive and cd/dvd drive are both showing in the bios...................but still cant put the window 7 on the hard drive.

l switched on the pc, the put the win 7 disk in the drive, reboot the pc. Then it asks, press any key to boot from disk, then goes into the Widows Boot Manager window and show Windows 7,l clicked on that, then it shows Windows Loading Files, then goes into Startup Repair, then asks to click on send error to microsoft or dont send, then finished or cancelled

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March 3, 2014 at 11:02:29
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Sounds like you need to setup the HDD the "right" way. When you see the "press any key to boot from disk", go ahead & press a key! Accept the license terms, then select "Custom (advanced)". When you get to the "where do you want to install?" screen, click on "Drive options (advanced)", then delete ALL partitions so that you have nothing left but unallocated space, then click Next. From there, all you need to do is follow the prompts.

This guide should help: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Wind...


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#8
March 3, 2014 at 13:31:07
l found the problem, the drive that l was using, still had a recovery section there, even when l formatted the drive, l followed you directions and found it, l deleted like you said, then the windows 7 disk loaded, lm now loading the drivers etc.

Thank you so much for you help, very much appreciated, Top Marks

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March 3, 2014 at 13:35:32
Please select a best answer so the post will be marked Solved.

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