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Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

Q: Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

Hi all, I joined the forum because I?ve been going around in circles trying to fix my computer. Apologies for huge first post. The post by "aristotletalks" about 3/4 down page 1 of this thread sums up most of the pages I've read and things I've attempted: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3457b4a?page=1

I?m running:
Windows 8.1
Toshiba Satellite C55A-5300 (pre-installed Win 8 - no install DVD)
Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz
500 GB HDD

I?ll try to be succinct: I can?t boot my machine except with the Recovery USB I created from MS website, and when I do that I can?t get to System Restore points or Refresh because the ?hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again.? I?ve spent about 12 hours the last couple days on all kinds of forums reading about this and think I?m just going in circles at this point. I?d really like to recover the data off the drive because my backup HD also just failed this week. I?ve tried:

EasyRE software (https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/) ? it says none of the drives are active or mountable

I ran chkdsk and it was estimating it?d take 60+ days to complete!? (I stopped it). C: was showing up fine.

I?ve run various diskpart commands and have been able to see the hard disk and that it?s ?Healthy?, so it looks like the drive is noticed, but it is not "active". When I tried selecting it and setting to "active" the message showed that "disk is not a fixed MBR disk".

The last thing I did was:
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd

All were successful. The last found the valid Windows installation on my C:\ and I typed ?Yes? to add.

I restarted my machine attempting to boot up the EasyRE again and it would not boot. The Win8.1 USB is still yielding all the same results, but now in diskpart I don?t see the C:\, however I do see it in ?list volume?. Also, the bootrec doesn?t find a Windows installation anymore.

I really think that the drive is OK, but some boot or registry ?stuff? is just tangled up (I?m no expert in this kind of troubleshooting). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This all started after an attempt to update Paragon HFS+ while trying to fix an external HD used on Mac and PC. Everything started freezing up and so I attempted to remove the software, which then made my computer fail to find the C:. I successfully did a System Restore to the previous day, from within Win8.1 (it wasn?t having trouble booting). I tried to uninstall Paragon HFS+ again and the same thing happened, but this time the System Restore failed and when I restarted it wouldn?t boot.

I can get more into that if necessary. Apologies again for the gigantic first post, but I?m really at a loss here?

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A: Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again

Had the same thing happen to me, also windows 8.1.
the drive is toast
got a new drive and imaged the drive with a recent image that I had, all is back to normal

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Hi there was wondering if anyone could help me.

I bought a new custom PC from ebay, a shop called FreshTech Solutions, so when it arrived I tried installing Windows 7 Home Premium (came with it). Obviously I need to do a custom install, as I'm not upgrading from anything, but when I get to the screen where it asks where I would like to install Windows 7, nothing is listed. I've tried loading from the disc that came with the motherboard, the Windows 7 CD itself, even the C drive (said it needed to format it, but couldn't).

I don't really know much about custom computers so was wondering if anyone could help me?

I have this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140816631147?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_6177wt_1186

The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H.

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 Installation Help - cannot find hard drive

Hi and welcome to Bleeping computer.

Please go to the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected if not please follow the below instructions. In order to go to the BIOS press F2 or del key during startup.

Sometime not often components can get loose during shipping, Make sure the Hard drive is physically in the connector Data and Power.

If you have a anti-static wrist strap please put it on if you don't make sure you are grounded.

1. Open the case
1b. Make sure that your grounded first by touching the chasis or the metal on the power supply
1c. check the connections to the hard drive.

and than try again with the install.

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Hi guys, i'm hoping someone can help.
I've recently bought a brand new Toshiba Satellite pro L650 running Windows 7
After a few weeks, things started to get really slow. Then I woke up one morning to discover it stuck on the first screen when I turn it on.
I thought I had a virus, so then decided to do a full re-format and re-install windows. After I formatted the correct partition, I went to install Windows 7 again
Only for it to say "windows could not detect a disc drive"
it asks me to install drivers for the hard-drive, which I can't seem to find.
it's a sata hard-drive (TOSHIBA MK6465GSX) I think is the model number.
I can not find the hard-drive drivers anywhere.

The other strange thing, is every now and then, it finds the hard-drive, but states that windows can not install onto that drive (even when I format it, try to add a partition and so forth)

I have been into bios, I don't really know a great deal of what I am looking at, but it sometimes states my hard-drive is there, and other times it does not.
I am so desperate to get this fixed. Does anyone have any ideas?
I live pretty remotely so taking it back and getting it fixed is not ideal.. but maybe necessary.
Thanks in anticipation..

- Gavin.

A:Can't find hard drive during installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi gav
It sounds like a hard drive problem. Try this switch of the laptop and remove the battery then remove the hard drive, then replace hard drive battery and switch on your laptop.

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When I Am Installing Windows Fundamentals , Just after it asks me what type of installation I want (typical) it shows an error that it cannot find a hard-drive, I have just used DBAN on my computer and the installation is booting from USB Drive. Any Help Would be amazing.



A:Windows Fundamentals Installation - Cannot Find Hard-Drive? Error

Sounds like you need to feed [hit f6] install the driver for the drive controller. Most likely you have a sata drive and xp was released before sata existed.

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Hi guys

After few issues with Vista, I decided to install XP from boot CD. I got error message of "could not find hard drive"

I completely wiped off hard drive with all data and whilst running XP installation CD, I am STILL getting error message which says "could not find hard drive"

Can someone help?

Do I need to make any changes in BIOS?

Right now my laptop is without any operating system.

A:Installation CD unable to find hard drive ??

Hi -

Re-format the HDD with KillDisk then try XP or Vista install again. Which do you want?

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

KillDisk will find some areas on the HDD that "regular" formatting does not.

Regards. . .



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I was surprised when Windows 10 was being uploaded last Thursday morning. I was still not sure about 10 and decided to stay with Windows 8 so I declined the upgrade. My Dell started to reload 8. I made a BIG mistake and shut the system down and found out that my unit is now not working. I did not download the Windows 8 disk when I got my Dell and it is out of warranty. I have a friend that works with Dell and he gave me a recovery disk. I can now boot up to the advance options mode. However it will not recover as I am getting either a hard disk lock and or a disk partition error. When I try to do a complete 8 reinstall from the disk it requires a key. My Dell did not have the key listed on the box as I have been told that it was loaded to the bios on the mother board. Dell support has been no help as they had me run a diagnosis and all checked out. They told me to run the reinstall from my recovery disk. When it asked for the key they said my hard drive must be replaced?

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I recently upgraded from windows 8 release preview to windows 8 Pro, i did this successfully but after a windows update i tried to boot my computer but it fails. and error code shows up on the new windows boot saying that the hard drive is locked and it cant boot from it. I am unable to refresh or reset the operating system. Luckily my computer also runs windows 7, on a separate hard drive, which i am able to assess the windows 8 hard drive from to get to my files.

Does anyone know what has happened here and how i could fix the problem. I could upgrade windows 7 to windows 8 but i like having a back-up OS for these situations.

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Forgive me if I posted in the wrong section, I wasn't sure if the "Crash" section was the right place. Here is what I posted on microsoft and no one has helped me there.

Hi all,

My laptop suddenly turned off because the battery was drained and I didn't have the power hooked up. Upon restarting windows, I got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/RH3WP.jpg

so I clicked on the troubleshoot option and selected "Automatic repair" and then got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/GoBqq.jpg

I went back to the main screen and just shut my laptop down again, only to be met with the same "trouble shooting" screen. I then tried to do the "disc image" option and got this message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/dlNNd.jpg

since that didn't work, I decided to try the "refresh your pc" (save all files) option

and got this error message

screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/4uyWe.jpg

How can I get my laptop working again? I downloaded the upgrade to windows 8 online so I don't have a disc. I can't clean install it, I have a 10 page paper I've been working on for two weeks, that needs to be turned in tomorrow. I can't lose that paper! Please tell me there is hope??

*I really feel like crying, this had to happen at the worse time.

A:Can't boot into windows 8,hard drive locked, can't refresh

Welcome to EightForums.

Did you not make the ISO & burn to DVD?


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Hi all,
I am relatively new to this forum, but I need some help figuring out this issue with my PC. In short, I cannot reinstall either Windows 8 or 7 from a new disk. I can't do the Windows 8 refresh, nor can I do the restore. I have looked at other forums, and nothing has seemed to work. Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

If you'd like to know what exactly has happened, I will outline my story.
1. Using the Windows Upgrade Assistant, I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7 a month ago.
2. My performance on various programs diminished.
3. In an attempt to solve the situation, I tried to reinstall Windows from the Reinstall CD. I was able to get to the point where is asked for a partition to install on, but it said no partitions were available.
4. I tried the Windows Refresh, and Reset tool. That failed because it asked for install media, and said the drive was locked. That is where I am now
NOTE: I can still boot up into Windows 8 even though the reinstall disk claims that the disk is locked.


A:Windows 8 Failure to Reinstall/Hard Drive Locked

If you have a spare 2.5" HDD or SSD just lying around what you could do is replace the one in the Laptop then using your install disk reinstall whatever OS you want (win 7 or 8). . . Good luck

And, oh, BTW "Welcome To The Eight Forums." . . .

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Dear TSG

I'm using a Lenovo Ideacentre B340 running windows 8.1 with the following spec:

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
Lenovo Mahobay motherboard
440GB Hard Drive

My system crashed yesterday during a windows update. I can't boot to safe mode or use system restore.

I tried a "refresh" but it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. I do not have a back up disk.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards


A:Solved: Can't repair Windows 8.1, hard drive locked.

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hi my acer aspire E17 was upgraded to windows 10, something has happened and I can't reset my computer saying that my hard drive with windows is locked. I have tried lots of stuff but wont let me reste my computer with files?Help.

A:locked hard drive wont let me reset windows 10

check on BIOS if your HDD password is set as frozen:http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/32674/~/bios-password-frozen

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hi , i recently installed mac os hackintosh on my laptop , i format my hdd to mac os journaled so that mac os can work, but then i wanted to go back to windows , so when i put my windows installation dvd to install it , it says :
we couldnt find any drives ,load your driver and continue , i need help i cant install my windows .

my pc:

hp pavillion dv6 7080se
my hdd brand is toshiba ..

A:windows 8 installation we couldnt find any drive

that is because windows does not understand the mac os journaled file system you need to go into the mac installer and then when it says to continue or pick disc go into disc utility at the top and format your drive as one partition and pick ms fat as the file system to do it as then in the windows installer you can delete and resize as you need. in the pics in options you want guid not master boot record since its windows 8.

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Recently I bought this computer.
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

Ok Im confused.
Please clarify a thing or two.

According to the site it comes with XP.
Did it?

In your post you state that you are trying to put SP2 on it.
Is this a XP disk that has SP2 built into it?
If it is and you already have XP running you wont need that.

Please clarify and we will get you sorted out.

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Recently I bought this computer.
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

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I am trying to load our company image on a new Dell 3410 win an ssd hard drive.  It currently has win 10 home. the installer gets to the point of which image to install, I click the correct 64 bit win enterprise version, and it cannot find the drive. 
I search for the drivers on the USB with the image as well as the drive I am targeting, but keep getting a select the driver to install option and No signed device drivers were found. 
I did not see  drivers on the MS download site for the 3410.   any idea where to find them?

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I have four internal hard drives C: D: E: and F:
Starting last night Hard drive E: only shows up ever so often.
Sometimes I have to reboot and it shows up but other times it doesn't.
I have removed it and pressed it back in its slot to make sure there isn't just a bad connection.
It's the same in Disk Management, E: is still missing there too.
What's going on?
All the other hard drives are fine?


A:Windows does not find my hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Aperture

I have four internal hard drives C: D: E: and F:
Starting last night Hard drive E: only shows up ever so often.
Sometimes I have to reboot and it shows up but other times it doesn't.
I have removed it and pressed it back in its slot to make sure there isn't just a bad connection.
It's the same in Disk Management, E: is still missing there too.
What's going on?
All the other hard drives are fine?


Does the bios pick up all the hard drives?.

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I just installed Windows 7 today, and while everything else has gone smooth, I can't get it to find my 2nd internal hard drive. It has no problem finding my externals and my dvd burners, and I have read through the forums and went to the Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management, only to find that the hard drive wasn't there. It is showing my primary drive and the two externals, but not the second internal drive. I went into the BIOS to see if it was being detected there, but to be honest, I'm not familiar enough with the BIOS to fool around with it.

Any suggestions? And yes, the 2nd internal hard drive was there on Vista before I installed Win7... I just have no clue as to why it can't access it now. Also, yes, I have already checked all of the cables. Everything works fine and was working fine until I installed 7.

Thanks for any help.

A:Can't get Windows 7 to find my 2nd hard drive

Welcome to the Seven Forums! sortoffaerygirl

Your problem reminds of what was happening on the last custom case here where one storage kept disappearing while known to be in top working order. The solution was examination of the sata data cable found only slightly lfted up in the port at the board end of it.

The drive was seen in the bios post screen but not even in the Disk Management when it vanished and then returned until going over things like that assuming it could have been a cable gone bad. Sometimes a little dust or dirt will get in there over time from the warm up and cooling off along with the need to clean things up with a can of air cleaner.

First make sure both ends are all the way in. If nothing try another cable to see that's all it is. Generally unless a drive fails completely it's always some little thing like that.

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I'm doing a complete install from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional (apparently a simple upgrade isn't possible). But the installation never gets started, because when it asks me to select a drive to install to, the list is blank. It can't find my hard drive, and there's no way to direct it to do so.

This is odd, because Vista has always run perfectly for me, and I've never experienced any issues. All of my Windows updates and drivers are current, Microsoft Security Essentials is disabled, and still Windows 7 can't seem to find my C drive. Any suggestions? Thanks!

A:Windows 7 can't find my hard drive.

Upgrade is possible. Run setup.exe when Vista is up and running. Close all apps including 3rd party firewalls and antivirus before doing so.

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I have monitored some past posts and haven't found a solution yet. I am rebuilding an older desktop to get it back running. I have formatted and partitioned the had drive (thru another computer), installed it into my desktop. During the windows XP install it indicates that the hard drive can't be found. I installed the drivers disk and made the Raid driver required and installed it and got the same result. I can't seem to get the hard drive located to install windows on it.
P4 computer
windows XP SP1
and all system disks from Dell that came with the system. Any ideas????
looking for a solution to get windows installed and up and running. Don't want to spend a large amount of time and money as this is an older desktop. Thanks

A:Windows XP can't find hard drive

Bad hard drive, or bad install.
You are using Service Pack 1. Windows XP only works on the first 133 GB of a hard drive. You may need a Windows Disk with Service pack 2 or 3 to propertly detect and format the hard drive if larger than 132 GB... Or use a non-Dell version of Windows XP.
The product ID on the Windows sticker will still enable the enstall if you have a borrowed OEM disk of Windows XP.

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i updated this post. look above it to find the other one! thanks

A:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

closing duplicate post
continue here http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1023433-windows-7-installation-new-hard.html

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Ok, so here is the story.

I have a laptop which has a ATA HDD and I tried to install Windows 7 on it, but when you come to the window for choosing a partition, nothing shows up.
I have tried to upload new drivers for the chipset on the motherboard from intel (Intel 865 Chipset) but no luck still it doesn't do anything. I am able to find the drivers and I guess it installs them but in the end nothing.
So my second attempt was to try and bypass this. I took another laptop and pluged in the hdd there and tried the installation, everything went smooth, when the first restart was prompted I took out the HDD and plugged it in my comp. Now windows starts up but only up to the logo and than restarts, over and over. I tried to install all over again but it still doesn't recognize the HDD on my laptop.

If you can think of anything pls help.

A:Windows 7 cannot see hard drive during installation

Please answer a few questions.
Did you have an OS installed on it before?
As I understand it, the installation works fine on another machine, but not when the same HD is in your machine. Is this correct?

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Hello, I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on my computer and the installation will not see my hard drive. What I am doing:
I am currently running Windows 7 32 bit, I plugged in a second hard drive, formatted it, turned off my PC. I unplugged my hard drive that Windows 7 32 bit is installed in, plug in the USB drive that I installed the Windows 7 64 bit installation on. The computer boots to the installation screen but it will not see my hard drive.

I burned the AHCI drivers from this page:

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2+ - GA-MA78GM-S2HP (rev. 2.0)

and tried to install using these so Windows installation could use the drivers to see the hard drive. It says the device driver could not be installed and to contact my vendor for updated drivers... I double checked my mobo model and version number and the bios is set to AHCI. Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 64 bit installation does not see my hard drive.

Where did you get your copy of the Windows 7 Ultimate from?

Can your system handle a 64bit OS?

Does any drive show up when installing Windows?

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hi. i have an hp pavilion slimline. (model: s5213w) i am upgrading my hard drive but my power supply is limited to having just one hard drive installed at a time. when i put the new one in i ran the disks given to me by HP. the first half of the installation works fine (the part where im putting all the diff cd's in) then it says to remove all cd's and windows will automatically start installing the software. (it may take up to 3 hours). then a black screen comes on. kinda like comand prompt and the cursor line just flashes. three hours later. same deal. any help on this issue? its SATA btw.. idk if that makes a difference.

What im trying to install is windows 7 on a Brand New WD5000AAKX (western digital) hard drive. ive used these cds before on my previous hard drive (which came with widows 7 on them from HP) and they worked fine to re install windows 7. The paper that came with the cds from HP say to use them when you want to "upgrade to a new hard disk drive"

do i have to create a partition inside it or something? i jsut put the blank hard drive in because i dont have the power supply hookup for 2... is there a way to do it from BIOS. also i have no experience with how to use bios.

A:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion Slimline s5213w desktop.

The "How To - System Recovery - Recovering The System After The Hard Drive Is Replaced(Windows 7)" section should be helpful to you.


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If i were to get a new hard drive for my laptop i would have to install my windows xp on to it from my old hard drive. Would I be able to do this? Would the Windows software allow me to install Windows Xp on two different hard drives?

A:New Hard drive and Windows XP Installation

unless your laptop allows two hard drives to be connected at the same time, you have to use a Windows installation CD. Your laptop should have the activation code on the underneath so all you need is to borrow one from a friend. Does your laptop not have a system restore CD? This would work too.

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I am currently trying to get my old destop pc back up and running, in trying to do so when I turn on the pc it goes straight in to windows setup and askes me to insert my windows XP recovery disk.
After doing so it loads files from the disk for a short time then when the screen says"STARTING WINDOWS" it shows me a message saying"Set up did not find any disk drives installed on your computer" tere is a 80GB hard drive installed and fitted correctly in the system.
Would be great if anyone could point me in the right direction to resolving my problem.



A:Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

I'd first run diagnostics on the hard drive . . it may have failed.

Samsung http://www.samsung.com/global/busine...ort_HUTIL.html
Seagate/Maxtor/Quantum http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/sup...oads/seatools/
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
fujitsu/Seimens http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download...es/#diagnostic
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT

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How can I cause Windows 7 to recognize a new hard-drive in my laptop?

I know it can be done, but I have forgotten how.

Thanks for your help.

A:Windows 7 can't find new hard drive in laptop

Welcome to the Forums

You added a 2nd hard drive and windows does not see it ?

Is it seen in the bios ?

Does it show up in disk management ?

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Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

I have an HP Media Center (M1170n) that had a Western Digital SATA drive (Part # wd2000). Upon initial bootup, the system indicated there was an error with the HAL.DLL file. Rather than mess with the file, I went out and bought a new hard drive and botted the system up with some recovery disks. The system booted up fine and the OS is good.

Now I am trying to run the old Hard Drive as a Slave so that I can pull the old files (Pictures/videos/text) off of it. I plugged the old SATA drive into the SATA2 drive on my motherboard, and it is recognized in BIOS, but once windows starts it does not recognize that the old drive is presents.

I have gone under "Disk Management" and even tried "Add New Hardware" and gotten no results. You can tell that the drive is spinning, so I do not think that there is a physical problem with the disk that is preventing it from being detected.

I am fairly competent in working with my PC, but this is over my head quite frankly. Was there a step that I missed? I have a lot of pictures of my kids on here and it is going to kill me if I cannot retrieve them. I have a backup DVD from 9 months ago, but I really don't want to lose the last 9 months!

Thanks again for any help.

A:Windows Can't Find Old Hard Drive as Slave

The OS is windows XP - thanks.

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Just as the title really, thanks.

A:How do I find my hard drive speed, in windows 7?

Simplest way is to do a search on the make and model of your HDD and find a spec sheet.


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hey i have recently purchased a HP Pavilion DV2000 laptop it came with Windows Vista pre installed and as far as i know every thing on the laptop is working the way it is suposed to. the only problm that i was having was some compatabliliy issues with Windows Vista and some of the games i play. so i wanted to install a second operating system on a seperate partition on my computer, i have had experience doing this with my old pc and every thing was going well untill i tryed booting the computer using the windows xp cd to install my second operating system. it went through the process of loading the the drivers etc. when i pressed enter select the option to install Windows Xp and i got the error message "can not find hard drive press F3 to exit.
below is some information about my laptop if its any use
System Information
Time of this report: 11/2/2007, 18:15:49
Machine name: DAVID-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627-1500)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Pavilion dv2500 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 1273MB used, 3022MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Para... Read more

A:Windows XP can not find hard drive during install

i also need the answer to this, the only thing i have a problem with is windows xp, i installed linux on mine and it worked fine, just cant get windows xp pro on there, help..

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Hello everyone,

Just bought a new hard drive due to my old one was failing. This is the same exact hard drive I had.

Whenever I try installing windows 7, it "completes", then the screen blinks skips, and skips the "Create a user account" and just hangs at "Completing Installation".

I thought I would give it a try and disable my gfx driver just to see if that would work.

Having a hard time deciphering what the problem could be.

Just looking for any possible solutions I could try.

Pretty much a stock Dell xps 8100 with a radeon 6970 I added onto it last year. The hard drive failure occured out of no where.

Appreciate it and thank you in advance.

I ran several diagnostic tests with no errors found.

A:New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs

More details needed:

Is your installation disc burned? OEM? Retail? Borrowed? Or?

What diagnostics tests did you run?

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I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.


A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

how many physical hard drives are in your computer and which ones were set up as a RAID?

When you boot with your xp cd press F6 when it tells you to (at the beginning when it loads everything) and then insert that floppy and it will load the needed drivers from that to recognize your RAID setup. In the bios it will (should) just come up with the separate hard drives and not the RAID drive that you saw in windows.

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Hello, in advance a thank you for your help.

I bought a laptop asus K55VM, and switch the optical drive for a SSD.

Both drives are format and active since what a want is a clean install.

During the instillation both drives don't show up, i tried to load drivers from intel but nothing shows up.

The Bios shows both drivers, i change from AHCI to IDE but no effect.

Since this chipset is new i think this my be the problem.
Any help is welcome.

A:Windows 7 installation hard drive / ssd don't show up

Hello apmm17,

Did you say you have both drives set as Active? I could be wrong but I think You should only have the drive you want Windows installed on as Active.

Did you set the drives active in Disk Management? Try unplugging one of the drives and see if it picks one up?

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I just re-installed Windows 7, and it seems like I forgot to re-format the hard disk when re-installing. There seems to be 200GB of space taken up, but I have know idea where to find it and delete it. Any ideas how to find this old data from the previous installation and remove it?

A:Hard Drive contains old data after Windows 7 Re-Installation

Quote: Originally Posted by Rex Prime

I just re-installed Windows 7, and it seems like I forgot to re-format the hard disk when re-installing. There seems to be 200GB of space taken up, but I have know idea where to find it and delete it. Any ideas how to find this old data from the previous installation and remove it?

If you are trying to do a clean install, you don't have to re-format. Just delete all partitions when you come to the partitioning screen after booting from the install disc. That will leave unallocated space. Tell Windows to install to that unallocated space. It will format as necessary.

As for your 200 GB: you say it's "taken up". Then you say you want to "find it and delete it". Then you say it's "old data".

So I'm not clear what you mean, where you sit, or what you want to do.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.


A:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

Well, though I do not know much at all about RAID, I do know that I have had a bit of trouble with getting windows to recognize my SATA drive. I had to do a couple things in device manager to get it working, though I cannot remember exactly what. Is your E drive an SATA?

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My old hard drive was a sata drive but it failed so I had an old ide 80gb barracuda 7200rpm drive that I wanted to install windows on but when I load the windows installation and goto custom it wont show my drive. My bios detects it its just windows . I tried using diskpart and even formating the drive to ntfs witha complete whip but still no luck .

A:Windows installation can't detect my ide hard drive?

Perhaps the hard drive's jumper setting is incorrect. Are there any other IDE devices connected on the same cable as the HDD?

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I have a nine year old Dell computer with an ATA hard drive and a brand new Dell 8500 Windows 8 computer. I would like to be able to use some programs on the old ATA hard drive (Quicken, Quick Books Pro) but my new system will not allow me install the older programs.
I have figured out how to install the older hard drive into my new system but I am not sure if the programs will work once I install the old hard drive into the new computer. So..

Will the older hard drive work as a secondary drive in the new system?
Will I have to re-install Windows XP on the old drive once I install the hard drive?
Will the Windows XP software that came with the old Dell system re-install onto the old hard drive once the old hard drive is installed into the new system as a secondary drive?
Will I have to re-install the programs I would like to use that are on the old hard drive, once I install the hard drive into my new system?

A:Installation of old ATA hard drive into new windows 8 comp

Not going to work I'm afraid.

The older drive will work as a secondary drive.

If you are actually going to try and boot up to the XP install, then yes, odds are you'll have to reinstall. It's likely to crash trying to run the old drivers on the new hardware. At the very least you'll have to reactivate. If it was an OEM install activation will likely fail.

The old software on the old drive will not re-install on its own, and it won't be usable in Windows 8.

Yes you will have to reinstall the programs in Windows 8 for them to work in Windows 8. Just slaving the drive in will not magically make them work on the new system. Some stand alone programs that don't rely on reg entries may work but I'd be surprised if the programs you mentioned work without a reinstall. Copying them from one drive to the other won't work either.

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YES, I do have Raid configuration set on my Precision T3400, but my problem is, when I purchased this unit is was because it was backwards compatible and could run 32 bit operating systems on a x64 bit processing set up. I now have my 32 bit hard drive
Windows operating system running but the drawback, is it cannot utilize the full memory capabilities of a 64 bit processing. I purchased this unit hard drive free and installed the 32 bit system drive and all worked great, but now, MY QUESTION is: If I have
a hard drive with a 64 bit windows 7 operating system installed, can I remove the 32 bit hard drive system and put in the 64 bit system hard drive and boot to the newly installed system and enjoy the more memory capabilities without receiving the blue screen
message about [ Your PC needs to be repaired / A component of the operating system has expired / File; \Windows \system32\boot\winload.exe ]  This happen when I formatted a 500 GB hard drive  to use to install a fresh copy of a windows system from
a ISO disk and selected my cd rom as primary boot and I removed the primary hard drive from bay raid 0 and put the format drive in that bay and booted to install the set up from the disk but I got the message in parentheses above. I am not tech savy enough
to change raid configurations as there are three options in set up that point to selections of Raid On, Something about ATA and ACHI. I just want to be able to run a hard drive with 64 bit operating system... Read more

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I have an ASUS P5LD2 Motherboard, and in the BIOS, the only time I see my hard drive (Which is IDE) is in the boot priority. When I try to install windows, it says I have no hard drive and can not install. What seems to be the problem here?

A:Hard Drive not detected in windows installation

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A friend of mine brought me a fujitsu siemens laptop (amilo pro) with a Samsung Sata HM060II hard drive that was not logging into windows xp. I ve put it into a usb case and run a virus scan on it that cleared the virus and the disk was working properly. When i logged in windows i ve notice so many spyware that i tried to format the drive immediately.On my friends laptop the win xp installation disk wouldnt recognise any hard disks so i ve tried installing it on the drive as an external usb drive from my laptop.The installation failed with a blue screen for hardware failure. I bought a new hard drive (Samsung SATA HM160HI) that i partitioned and formatted. ( primary, NTFS). Neither XP or Windows 7 installation recognize it. i can work on it from my laptop as an external usb drive. i ve run several diagnostic tools from my friends laptop with a boot cd and every software recognize it, give me details, scan it for errors. The bios even recognize it.
I need to install an OS on it!
any ideas or suggestions? i ve been working for a week on it. its getting exhausting.

A:Windows installation cannot recognize my hard drive

Is the hard drive seen in the bios? Is the SATA controller properly enabled and configured in the bios?

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I am working on my friend's laptop, a Vostro 1400. It's been dumped on a lot, but this one problem is baffling me. I am booting into the Windows installation CD to fix some boot issues in the first place. (It has the default boot system as something called "Windows" that boots to nothing, and I can't seem to remove it and set it back to the correct option that is also available.)

The problem starts almost immediately when booting to the disk. It loads to the repair/continue page, and whether I hit 'Enter' or 'R', it tells me that Windows can't find a hard drive etc etc... F3 is my only option and it just exits and reboots.

I am so confused. If anyone can help me, you will have my undying gratitude.

Man I said "boot" way too many times.

A:Windows XP Pro Installation CD not finding hard drive

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Hi everybody !
I have a problem,so i have Windows 7 x64 professional.
I installed it like i always do,never have any problems with installations.
And i may have had the wrong boot order for my hard drives considering they are all the same hdd's.
In other words,they all have the same name when you choose to boot.
Now after my installation i see that one of my hard drives is not in the "my computer" when i check it out .
I checked then in computer /manage /disk management and found my hard drive but i cannot access it.

Now i believe what happened here is that i booted and installed in the wrong order and possible why i cannot access it.
Therefore can anyone help me find a way to access my hard drive please ?
I believe the only way this can be resolved is by changing something relating to the partition with a program like partition magic or something like that but i have no clue what to do and i dont want to experiment and accidentally destroy my harddrive.
Also id like to mention, i have visually accessed what was in the drive with a formating program
there were folders called :
and files like
Oh and i did complete scans with 2 different antivirus programs of all hdd and everything else including a malwarebytes scan and found nothing.

Thanks !

A:Hard drive cannot be accessed on new windows installation

the solution was to assign a drive letter to the drive.How dumb of me....

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Hello all,

I'm new to this forum and have a problem i was hoping you could help me with, i have a relatively old Samsung RV511S02UK laptop and I've been trying to upgrade it and have hit a problem with installation of windows 7 on my new Seagate 1Tb Laptop SSHD.
After putting the disk into the drive and booting from the windows disk,it comes up with the preparing files white bar which fills but once filled the screen goes to the Windows 7 start up screen but immediately restarts and starts the whole process over again and i have no idea why this is. Any help with this problem will be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows 7 installation problems with new hard drive

Where did you get the Win7 disk? How was it burned? What was the source of the ISO file if applicable? Obtaining good media is discussed in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which are the steps you should follow to get and keep a perfect install on your Samsung. There is even a Special Note to Samsung owners at the end to study.

Is the hard drive detected in BIOS setup correctly? Try resetting the BIOS to defaults.

Then work through the rest of the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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What do I have to do to a hard drive that has had Windows XP on it to get it ready for a Windows 7 installation?

I can get to the point where it says to select a partition, but no further.

I've tried wiping the drive, installing over the old OS, reformatting, removing the partition and adding a new one and I still get the same error message: Cannot create a system partition or install to any existing partition.

I even re-installed Win XP, and I can see the system partition. Same error message. I tried it with Win 2K also.

A:Hard Drive Preparation For Windows 7 Installation

Make a bootable CD of Partition Wizard. Then use it to delete, clean, and make a raw new looking hard drive for installation.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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My hard drive crashed because of bad sectors on the disk. I can access the drive as a slave from my other computer. what I need to know is how do I find the windows 7 product key after the computer had been updated to windows 10. I would like to revert back to windows 7 with the new hard drive.

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please

A:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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Can't find external hard drive using windows 8.  But if I could, how would I get it to show up on the desktop?

A:When I attach an external hard drive to windows 8, I can't seem to find it

It will never show in the desktop, it will show up in My Computer.

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