I have an HP Pavillion p6130y w 2Tb drive +

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion p6130y
November 24, 2010 at 21:33:38
Specs: Vista to Windows 7, AMD 940 Phenom II x4
I got the machine w Vista Home Premium and I was part of the Win7 Upgrade group.
Machine has AMD 940 Quad core / 8 gb RAM 1-750gb HD and added 2 Tb drive and Light Scribe DVD DL writer all else is standard..

When I stuck the disk in to upgrade to Win7 it got 16% installing and froze.....then locked.....then crashed. When it rebooted it went to diagnostics screen where it proceeded to tell me it had no drives installed.....none....no HD or DVD drives.....no nothing.....I can stick a thumb drive in and it will see it....but nothing from a SATA connection....trried all diff. drives and no luck....BIOS is only 1 version out. Not a deal breaker......HP says its a Level 2 Tech issue and for 59.99 they will fix it....not gonna happen unless all other avenues are researched. I am fairly knowledgable (Desktop support for 15 years...but I am stumped on this one.)


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#1
November 24, 2010 at 22:39:16
HP supply a recovery partition which can be accessed by repeatedly pressing F10 at startup.
this should get you back to a fully installed vista .
then you should remove all your excess drives, and run the install again watch out for when windows ask you to install and raid/sata or other drivers and install them at that point, you will probably have them on the HP driver disk.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
November 25, 2010 at 10:34:05
The Recovery partition was corrupted. Ended up formating it. I have a full version of Win7 64bit but the main issue is the SATA connections do not show in the BIOS......thats my crux

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#3
November 25, 2010 at 10:37:08
UPDATE: CPU is actually an AMD Phenom IIx4 975....probably not a big change but updated info is always good.

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#4
November 25, 2010 at 17:19:34
Try removing and reseating SATA (both ends) and power plugs on your drives.
Try clear CMOS and then Load Optimal settings in BIOS.
Try above with only one drive attached in case your power supply is below optimal for your set up.
Check your voltages in your BIOS to make sure they are not low (power supply insufficient or going), this could have caused the freeze on loading when everything is drawing higher current. Too high on any of the voltages can actually damage hardware, so look for that too.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#5
November 26, 2010 at 00:23:40
you could also make a usb boot and install win 7 from a usb, that would save a lot of power issues, if it is power issues.if you have a 64bit installation that has failed try the 32bit, you may just have a dicky disk.. http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso...

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#6
November 26, 2010 at 08:39:59
Power supply is a 300 watt standard. Proc uses 140 watts. I have to admit when it comes to the power supplies and the power consumption of pieces, I'm a little lost. Would a 300 watt unit power a WD 2 TB drive / Caviar 750 Gb drive and a x1950 Radeon Video card?

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