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Windows 7 installation Catch-22

July 24, 2010 at 21:22:20
Specs: Windows 7 at some point
I have an Intel D845PEBT2 MOBO and I bought a new SATA HD and wanted to install Win7 on it. The Win7 disk goes out and finds the HD and asks for drivers and then recognizes the HD. It then states that the HD doesn't appear to be bootable and to go into Bios and make it bootable. When I do that, rather than booting from the CD Rom, it tries to boot from the SATA HD, which just hangs up at that point. Any ideas of how to get around this?

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July 25, 2010 at 01:00:23
Do you have one or more than one HDD attached ?


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July 25, 2010 at 06:28:55
At that point, just the SATA drive. Everything else has been disconnected other than the CDrom that is on the secondary IDE and set as my boot-up device.

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July 25, 2010 at 06:45:59
So you have one SATA HDD and one DVD drive that is attached to IDE secondary channel. What is it set to, Master or Slave ?

How about BIOS settings for SATA-IDE channels ?

SATA as IDE, SATA as compatibility, or SATA as AHCI ?

What about the Boot Order in BIOS ? DVD drive first, HDD second, and none or flash disk third ?

When you start your PC with Win 7 disk in the DVD drive, you just press a key to boot to DVD drive. Afterwards, you do not touch anything except to input Product key, etc. Windows installation continues on its own. But every time your PC restarts to continue installation, it asks you to press a key to boot to DVD drive. Do not press any key. Installation continues.


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July 25, 2010 at 07:29:35
CDrom is set as master.

My bios has no SATA compatibility settings in BIOS other than enabled to sense the drive and enabled to have it bootable

Boot order is CDOM first. The SATA originally was just set to be recognized by bios, but Win7, after finding the drive and loading the SATA driver wants the drive to be bootable before it continues to load the O/S, never even gets to the point of askin for the product key. So I go back into BIOS and enable it to be bootable and as it boots up the SATA drive comes up first, rather than the CDRom. There's no place in my BIOS to set the SATA drive's place in the order of boot-up. It just comes up first.

Why doesn't Win7 just load the O/S and then let me set the SATA as the boot drive after it's installed. XP installs that way, I've tried it on this drive and it worked great, just to make sure there wasn't a problem with the HD

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July 25, 2010 at 10:34:30
Win 7 installs like the way you described. But in your case, something is different.

Make sure BIOS SATA setting is set to Auto.

Then please try to re-install Win 7, but this time choose Advanced and Drive Options and Format the whole partition/HDD.

Let us know the results.


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July 27, 2010 at 14:59:39
Still no luck! I have tried everything I can think of in my 43 years in the computer field. The bios has got to be the problem, The MOBO is from 2002. There is no way for me to set in the bios for the Serial HD to be boot enabled, the way Win7 wants without it hanging up the system at that point. In fact the Serial drive is dected before the startup screen where you can press F2. I've tried loading the latest BIOS and even a DOS format of the HD. I guess I might try loading Win7 on a spare ide HD and hope I can clone it over to the Serial drive. If not then it's time to build a new computer or just install a freash install of XP on the SATA and stick with it. I'm glad I borrowed this Win7 to try before purchasing a copy.

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