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Windows XP Installation: Does Not Find Harddrive

Q: Windows XP Installation: Does Not Find Harddrive

I'm at my wits end here, I've formatted one of our computers, a process I've done tons of times on various PC's but this one is giving me hell.
Everytime I install from the bootable CD, it just refuses to accept that I have a harddrive. The harddrive is Seagate 60Gb IDE, not SCSI, SATA or requires RAID drivers.
I've tried reformatting with FAT32, NTSC, or leaving it unformatted, and the damn disk refuses to believe I have a harddrive. I've tried switching from Primary Master to Cable Select.
I can access and use the disc just fine in DOS mode, partitionmagic does everything asked of it to the harddrive. Its only the windows cd that doesn't see the drive.
I've tried other harddrives as well(had a spare working tiny 3.2Gb drive lying about) and the same problem with them as well. I've also tried switching the harddrive cable with a different one.

System Specs

AMD Athlon XP 1500
MSI Socket A 462 Duron/Athlon Motherboard MS-6378
1x Harddrive (60Gb Seagate)
1x Combo Drive(DVD-ROM/CD-RW)

This is driving me nuts.

Preferred Solution: Windows XP Installation: Does Not Find Harddrive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I just tried to reformat and install windows XP home edition, and upon coming to the screen of "Repair" or "Install fresh copy" I received an error reporting:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.

I have no idea why it would be saying this, I'm using the same computer now 30 seconds later than when I was trying to install windows.

Currently, I'm using Windows Professional x64 (this is the reason I want home, I hate not having any drivers for webcams, printers, and the like) Asus A8V-Deluxe motherboard and the harddrive in question is a Western Digital 160gb, 7200rpm, 8mb buffer SATA drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

A:Win XP home installation error: "Setup cannot find harddrive"

A friend of mine is also running a 64bit system, we tried to install xp pro on it and it was extremely unstable. It now has xp64 on it and it runs fine. As for the drivers u mentioned, its just a matter of time. The industry will hopefully catch up soon.

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Hey i got problemy all my dvd-rw have died...

Any way i got this question i want to reinstall and i was wondering i got install files on D: ready and on C: i still got 7100 RC i want to install it on same drive if im not wrong old windows will be moved to folder windows.old right? so later i just delete windows.old and it will be fine right?

In earlier windows i could enter dos and click on setup exe and install from hd why its no longer possible

A:WIndows 7 installation from harddrive.

Yes, that will work so long as the drive you are trying to install Windows on has enough free space.

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Hi there,

I am attempting to install Windows 7(32) onto my computer (currently running Windows Vista32). I have been unable to do so because the setup claims that I have no harddrives in which to install windows. It will not detect them during the installation process.

The compatibility check states that my computer is capable of running Windows 7(32) I am curious if there is anything I could do to get the installation to detect my harddrive.

Please feel free to ask for any other hardware related questions if needed.

My computer specs are:

Nvidia GTS 450
Intel Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz
4.00gb Ram
Dell XPS720
PLDS DVD+RW DH-16A6S SCSI CdRom (driver up to date)

I attempted to format my C: as well, as per a friends suggestion, and was unable to do so recieving an error message stating "system partition is not allowed to be formatted" . I do not recall partitioning my system.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

A:Windows 7 Installation can not detect my harddrive

You have vista installed, so the drive is partitioned.
The fact that you received this message is good however it means the system does in fact know the drive is there.
see here if you want to completely be rid of vista
Clean Install Windows 7

or here if you wish to have vista remain on the drive
Clean Install Windows 7 : Ahead of Vista

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So I did this accidentally--I thought I had pressed my usb. However, I didn't and now all of my files are lost, obviously, and I am devastated.

Is there a way to recover these files?

I tried to google search, and what came up was 'recovery for formatted harddrives' but I am unsure of whether that's what I did- format the harddrive or override it completely.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Has anyone heard of any problems with installing 10 on a separate hard drive with another os system like 7 ? I want to get rid of my 8.1 installation and go with 10 but I did have a few problems with the 7 install even though it was disconnected from my board during the install of 8.1 but that was only until I shut down and reconnected the drive and started back up booting into 8.1. I can't for the life of me remember what all took place but it was a close call from having to rebuild the whole operating system 7 that is. I didn't reconnect the 7 drive until 8.1 was all finished with updates and what ever else Software, ETC I installed .

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
AMD FX-8350 26 ?C
Vishera 32nm Technology
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (10-10-10-27)
(Socket 942) 31 ?C
HP w2408 ([email protected])
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (EVGA) 33 ?C
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (EVGA) 31 ?C
ForceWare version: 361.43
SLI Enabled
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1CH162 (SATA) 22 ?C
465GB Seagate ST3500620AS (SATA) 29 ?C
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1CH162 (SATA) 22 ?C
232GB Seagate ST3250410AS (SATA) 24 ?C
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A:Windows 10 Installation Problems On Seperate Internal Harddrive

Assuming you are going to install Windows 10 on a separate HDD than your current Windows, there are two ways to proceed.

1. Leave the old OS HDD installed when installing Windows 10. Doing it this way should set up dual booting automatically, but the issue is that Windows 10 will not create a new set of boot files. It will modify the existing boot files. Those are likely to be and remain on the old OS HDD. So, if you ever want to remove or reformat the old HDD you are going to have to move the boot files.

2. Disconnect the old OS HDD before installing Windows 10. This will cause Windows 10 to set up boot files on the same HDD Windows 10 is installing to and it will not set up dual booting. You can then dual boot in two different ways. Just reconnect the old HDD and go into bios each time you want to change boot order. That is very cumbersome. Or reconnect the old HDD and add the old OS to the Windows 10 boot menu to set up real dual booting. There is a single command line that you can run to do that, I'll have to look it up.

The command line would be:
bcdboot e:\windows /d /addlast

where the path in red would be the path to the old Windows you wanted to add.

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I have seen a thread on this topic, old (312 days) and didn't report a clear solution. I intalled quite some time ago a Windows7 RC1 64 bit, which worked fine and honestly was not bad at all. Unfortunately I didn't use it for a while and now I discovered it expired, so I need a new clean istallation to do my job: find compatibility issues with WIndows 7 professional edition. I received a new DVD with activation key (i guess it must have been downloaded from MSDN) for the purpose. I'm running windows XP 32 bit right now, but can't install windows 7 because after booting from the DVD it says it can not find a suitable driver. What is this about? I can see all my 4 HDs and the 3 DVDs (one is a Blue Ray driver less than 9 months old ) 2 are sata drivers (a Plaxtor burner and the LG BDD); the 3rd one is an old Toshiba IDE DVD rom (still the faster of the 3). In the installation windows I can browse all drivers and directories, I have unzipped the X58 matheboard drivers in a directory. The installation program can load the drivers (even very very slow).... I tried to load several drivers, but I can't figure out which driver is needed; a DVD rom driver is not available, the MB drivers are not helping either, I'm stuck. I do not want to report " forget about WIndows7" again...we need to move to a 64 bit OS. Can someone help me figure out where the problem is located and find a solution?

A:windows 7 installation can not find DVD

cpy win7 files to USB and install form USB.
do you know how to create USB installation disk?

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I tried installing Fedora 13 64 bit OS with dual booting enabled on my Windows 7 Ultimate OS. The partitions were 257 GB dedicated entirely for Windows (C: Drive) and the remaining 50 GB was allocated for Fedora installation.

I made grub as the default bootloader handler and completed the installation. But after this I started experiencing problems. I was unable to loginto Windows, as my system started showing the blue screen whenever I tried logging into Windows..After that, I made a whole mess by doing some unwanted steps which I never had any idea of..

Now I cant view my HDD to install Windows, No drives are being displayed soon after I select the "Custom option" to install Windows.. And When I click on "Load Driver" its just showing me an X: Drive which has around 100MB capacity and has four folders. I tried System Restore and some of the other options that were present in the Windows repair option but was unsuccessful..

I am confused as to what could have happened to my HDD and I would greatly appreciate your help in recovering my HDD. ( Is there any third party utility to wipe clean my HDD??? Reformat it completely and convert the partitions into NTFS, so that I could install a copy of windows) .

My laptop model Dell N5010...RAM 4 GB..HDD 320 GB...

Thanking you....

A:Cant find HDD for Windows 7 installation...

[email protected] will completely wipe drive, it will also make data unrecoverable but it has worked for me every time. It basically gives you an empty drive.
I use the US DOD 3 Pass method and it takes between 5 to 8 hours to complete depending on the size of the drive but you can choose more or less passes.
Just install it on another machine, restart with the dead drive connected, select the dead drive and kill it.

It's a great program, good luck.

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Hi there,
I've been trying for around 6 hours today to get my new computer up and running, but I've run into a problem, my sata disk wont be located during the windows 7 installation. "No drives were found" I've turned on AHCI and I've downloaded drivers from Gigabyte's homepage, but I get the message "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows installation." Anyone have any ideas on what I can do?

Here is the PC spec;
-Gainward GeForce GTX 470 1280MB PhysX PCI-Express 2.0, GDDR5, 2xDVI, native-HDMI, HDCP, Graphics Plus, CUDA, 320bit
-Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, X58 Socket-1366, DDR3, ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16, Revision 2.0
-Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-930 Quad Core, 2.8Ghz, Socket 1366, 8MB, 130W, Boxed w/fan
-Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB CL9 Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Core i7
-Western Digital Caviar? GreenPower™ 1TB Sata 3 Gb/s, 64MB Cache

A:Can't find my hdd during windows installation

Is the HDD seen in BIOS?

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Hi all,
i want to replace my HDD to SSD. My question is how to transfer the windows license in order to proceed with a clean installation.
My PC initial came with Windows 8, and after Microsoft promo upgraded to Windows 10.
Could you please advise how to proceed?

Best Regards,
Dimitris Pilos

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I'll get right to it. I have a vizio all in one desktop (CA24-A2 to be exact). I purchased it with windows 7 installed on it, and i upgraded it to windows 8. I decided to return back to windows 7 because the Metro UI always crashed on me. I purchased a windows 7 disc and booted the computer off the disc. When the installation asks which drive to install it to, nothing appears. For some reason, the installation disc is not reading the drives. I've checked vizio's page, but didn't find any drivers for the hard drive. I check the Bios menu and both drives appear. I've read on other forum about changing the bios mode (AHCI,IDE), but my bios menu is very restricted, and i dont have that option available. I used MiniTool Partition wizard on a bootable cd, and it was able to see my hard drives. I added some pictures below, hopefully it helps.

On top of not reading the drives, windows 8 won't boot up now and i keep getting "bootmgr is missing" error. I would appreciate any help, I've been stuck on this for the last few days.

A:Windows Installation can't find drives.

from what I can see you are missing the system reserved partition, this is why you have this error

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When I follow the instructions to do a repair of XP SP2 (with a slipstreamed CD), after I press F8 to accept the EULA, I do NOT get the screen asking if I want to repair an existing windows installation. Instead, it asks me where I want to install XP Pro, and gives me a list of options (matching my various hard drives and partitions).

Any idea how I can get the install CD to find my existing Windows installation so I get the repair option.


A:XP Repair-Cannot Find Windows Installation

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well when i boot from my windows 7 retail upgrade disk to do a clean install, it say's it cant find the drivers or something and notes that i can take the disk out to put one in for it if i have one, or browse my hard drive but what the hell is it going on about? do i need to install windows 7 drivers on my vista system before i do a clean install of windows 7? i tried both the 64 and 32 bit disks, same error.. it happens on step 5 of Clean Install Windows 7 it doesn't show a license agreement, just the driver problem but when i use the windows 7 upgrade adviser it say's my computer can handle it as i originally thought.. what the hell is the problem? i really do appreciate your input, thanks in advance.
EDIT: well i tried it on another vista computer, it works fine! what the hell?

A:windows 7 installation cannot find drivers?

Please be specific - post the exact error message you receive. What type of hard drive do you have - is it SATA, RAID, or IDE?

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Hello all.

I am currently attempting to install Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop; however, as the title states, Windows XP is having issues in finding my SATA HDD.

To my understanding, this is due to Windows XP not quite being "ready" for SATA HDDs, and so the proper controller(s)(?) wasn't implemented in the Windows XP disc.

I looked on Dell's website for such a driver, but was not able to find anything (though my search methods may have been lacking - I am not the most superb at file searching on the internet).

Is there any possible way to make it so that Windows XP SP2 can be installed on a machine that has a SATA HDD?

*NOTE: This is a clean install.
Thank you to all that offer suggestions or solutions.

A:Windows XP Cannot Find SATA HDD During Installation

Sometimes it's a matter of a BIOS setting, so take a look there. You can always restore to defaults, so trying settings will not be fatal.

Can you link to where you looked at Dell? If available, it is usually an image for a floppy. Do you have a floppy drive?

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Hello, im quite new to this forum and i recently got an SSD therefore i wont to migrate my windows to it, I have a program which does this for me but when i go into my c: the "Windows" Folder is 37.7GB. But after looking on the web i noticed that most users installation size is around 10-15GBs

Note: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit.

Thanks to anyone that can answers where the installation location is.

A:Where do i find the installation folder of windows?

My complete C partition (no personal data) is 30 gigs.

It was about 18 or 20 with before I began to install applications.

My Windows directory is 16 gigs.

Not sure what the problem is unless you have a 30 gig SSD. Most of Windows does go in that Windows directory, but there are always a few other folders following an install.

You could run WinDirStat to see what is taking up the space if you are curious.

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I prepared a ntfs partition on my second hard drive, big enough for W8. I also hid the other partitions of W7 so that only the new partition would be active. I started the installation CD (W8 enterprise, test version) and the list of all partitions apeared. As I choosed the prepared partition, I was surprised to see a message that: no existing system partition could be found! !! I tryed to format it, to delete it, creat again and what ever all....
I googled around and didnt find any information so i gave up and installed it normaly (without hiding the other OS). But at the end of the test version i will have to repeat this procces und I would be happy to find a solution....
Anybody has an idee???

A:Windows setup does´nt find partition for installation

hi ,check this tutorial it might give you some info on what you did wrong or need to do to make it right ,good luck .
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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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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Evening all,

I have just placed a 2nd hand mobo (ASRock M3A770DE) into my pc. It'ts running win 7 ultimate, all h/w is detected ok apart from the integrated network card, therefore i cannot connect to the router and onto the internet. Since win7 is not auto-detecting the integrated NIC, is their a file on the win7 disk i can point it to when i manually try to install it?

On a separate note i can connect to the net via my vaio, in case you can suggest where i can d/l a file from.

All suggestions appreciated.

A:Windows can't find network drivers for installation

ASRock > Products > Motherboard > M3A770DE > Download

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I'm trying to run SFC /SCANNOW on Windows XP, and it's asked me to insert the Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 CD. I've done this, but it doesn't seem to have found it. I can get to the disc on Explorer, but it can't find it on the scan, even if I put it in prior to starting it.

The CD drive is labelled X:/ (not the Windows default of D:/) - would this make a difference? It would be very difficult to change them around, even temporarily, as D:/ has all my system files on.

A:Windows XP can't find installation CD when running SFC /SCANNOW

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Alright I'm trying to do a custom installation of windows 7 ultimate, after finding out my computer won't boot. But then it says there were no drivers found. Where do I find my drivers? There is only an X: (boot) drive as a system partition.

I have an Acer Aspire V3-551 with an AMD A8 2.8 Ghz processor with 500 GB of HDD space and 4 GB DDR3. I am have been running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my computer.


A:Can't find drivers during Windows 7 ultimate x64 installation?

Hi Andrew,

Are you talking about drivers or drives?

Windows will detect 99.9% of the appropriate drivers required for your computer to operate during installation, and install them automatically. After installation, you can install/update specific device drivers if you wish.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7


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Hello, I've a Lenovo laptop X1 Carbon.I was wondering: in case of a big issue with my Laptop like impossibility to start Windows 10,how can I make a new Windows 10 installation? Where I find my Windows 10 serial number? I found on this forum that we can go to Lenovo Center Solution > recovery but in these case you thing thatyour customer has always acces to his Windows 10 desktop, exact? Thanks for your help.

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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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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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Hi, I got a virus on my laptop lastnight. Everytime I boot, try safemode, or the recovery partition I recieve BCD error 0xc0000098. I attempted to run /rebuildbcd from the command prompt of the repair disc, it scanned for windows installation and was unable to find any. If I select load drivers I see something odd. It shows HDDRecovery as C: 594mb free of 12gb, local disk D: (has no space info), System E: 1.27gb free of 1.46, and boot X: 29mb free of 31.4 mb. My laptop has one 600gb hard drive in it. Local disk used to be C: and the recovery partition was D:. I'm a little confused by the other two partitions showing up and no space info for the local disk wich is now D:. From what I've read the pc is looking for the boot file on c:, but can't find it because c: is now d:. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Boot\ BCD error 0xc0000098 cannot find windows installation

Download Knoppix Live CD iso and burn it to cd using image burn. Boot laptop from it and see what it shows in filesystem (if it matches what you have). You can also attempt to repair your windows installation with it.

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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´m trying to reinstall Windows 10 on my Lenovo 710S. I want to format the HDD in the installation and install a fresh copy of Windows 10. I have created a bootable USB but the installation program cant find my HDD. I have downloaded this driver from Intel, https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver... When I browse for a driver it find Intel Chipset SATA RAID Controller but it still cant find the HDD. I have tried to list the drives in the command line using Diskpart but it only finds the USB-disk. I know that the HDD works perfectly because it the same drive I´m using now. What should I do?

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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".

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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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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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Okay, so let me first tell you that I am in a state of panic. I have very important data on my HDD and am unable to boot any OS on it now.

I initially had Vista and 7 on it, working, until I decided to uninstall 7 for XP. I deleted the partition 7 was on (C; my primary partition) and installed XP onto it. That went smoothly and all, but after booting it up I noticed it wouldn't let me specify which OS I wanted to start; it would just auto start XP. I went into the bootup settings in XP and changed the time operating systems are displayed from one second, to ten, yet it still just auto-booted XP. I was able to access the data on the other partition in the XP explorer, but seemingly wasn't able to boot from it. So I "backed up" all my data onto a third partition I had created as a failsafe in case something went wrong and I couldn't boot either of my OSes.

It then came to my attention that I had installed Windows XP Professional instead of home edition, so I made a bootable CD with the XP iso and restarted the computer for reinstallation. According to the program, the setup files copied over fine and all, but when it auto-restarted to continue the installation process it would just loop on and off at the BIOS screen. After trying 4 different versions of XP to no avail, I stuck my Vista Home Premium disk in and booted from it. Again, I got to the setup screen and all that jazz, but when prompted to select the location I wanted to install Windows in, I go... Read more

A:Vista installation does not find any drives during installation, computer won't boot


do you have a way to download and burn a linux live cd, that would get all your pictures back then concentrate on the other..


someone else may have other ideas..

good luck

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I replaced the hard drive in my dell 8400 with one listed as compatible on the dell web sight. A Caviar blue 500 GB SATA 3gb HD 16 MB 7200 rpm 3.5. its twice the hard drive that was in it. fit in just fine. started teh computer. dell logo appeared, put in OS disk. restarted pressing f 12. choose the boot from cd and windows started. got to the screen that said install, repair or quit. I choose install, then it came up with.. cant find hard drive. and canceled. So from the f 12 screen i chose diagnose hard drive. It did, found the new hard drive came up with passed. I looked in set up under f 1. the correct new hard drive was listed. . thought maybe bios needed updating to run this new hard drive. istuck in a floppy i had with an bios flash on it. chose f - 12 again but picked start from floppy. it did. then it said it cant install it because it was for a dimension 4300 not the 8400. so i went back to dell sight. downloaded to my 4300 the update to go to a A09 (it is currently A03) put that on floppy. put the floppy in the 8400 started boot from floppy and it said .. remove media disk and try again. Im guessing the file is zipped? Any suggestions to getting this computer to use the new hard drive?

A:cant find harddrive

What are you trying to install?

If the BIOS is still working, don't try to update it. You may make the machine useless.

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Does anyone know how to install hard disks onto the hard drive. My computer runs but then stops at the BSOD and just restarts. any ideas?

A:Harddrive installation

reinstall windows

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I got the error code while running diagnostictest
validation 109663  incorrect status =32

than I got
2000-1042 validation 79093

I bought a drive, installed it, started to load from supplied disk (Windows 8.1 Recovery Media for Win 8.1) I can see one screen with Window 8 than another to select country and others thingsthan it asks me for the activation key I found few numbers on the disc envelop but they were incorrect.Anybody had this problem?

A:OS installation on a new harddrive

januwan,Thanks for posting.This error message usually indicates a dying hard drive.  I see that you purchased a new drive, and are having difficulty installing the OS.  Here is some information you may find helpful:http://dell.to/2kRSu9U

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I'm having some trouble installing a 160Gb WD drive, the computer recognises the drive on start up but windows can't find it anywhere except device manager, and there it says its not initiallised.
This is the primary slave drive, primary master is maxtor 40Gb

A:harddrive installation!

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Hi, I'm a bit of a noob, anyways i just purchased a seagate 320 gig hd.I just added it to a pc this is the only hard drive in the system. I installed the hd with the cs jumper position. I used an xp installation cd, it started up went thru a few checks then it started a partitiion screen, but only sae 133 gigs, i thought this was a problem then aborted the installation.I played around with fdisk for some reason,then, i then tried again but i was getting prompts like it couldn't find a hard drive and would prompt me to put a floppy disk in, anyways i had a old copy of win 98 and it asked no questions and formatted my hard drive and installed win 98. While in win 98 i put the winxp disk in and tried to upgrade, it recoognized the xp disk and asked for the product key, i entered the key, it did some checks and asked for a reboot, so i did, then got the blue screen of death saying unmountable boot volume....what do i do???help please??? it will still load win 98 with no problems thanks

A:harddrive installation help please!

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Hello, I recently got a new motherboard and 2 hard drives. Both hard drives have unallocated space. I trying to install Window Vista but it keeps coming up with an ERROR saying; Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation. I have a GIGABYTE S-series motherboard AM2 Athlon 64 series

A:Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

how much allocated space are you giving the hard drives?

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My computer blue screened and refused to load xp. I put the drive in an external case to move my files to another computer and wanting to do a clean install formatted the drive and partitioned a section for installing a linux os. I put it back in my computer and tried to install xp. It says no harddrive found. The harddrive shows up in the bios by brand name and model number. Plus I installed ubuntu to it and am using it right now. Still when I try to install xp it says no harddrive and to make sure the drive is connected properly. I'm using a dell xp home sp2 cd with my dell dimension desktop.

A:xp install can't find harddrive

Hello and welcome to the forum

Is the drive SATA or PATA?

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


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I bougth a Lenovo Laptop t60 model 1951-BS7  and no OS since I already own a copy of XP and my last PC HD burnt out.  I wanted to load XP on my new hardrive.  When I boot from my XP CD it goes through the setup process and then tells me it can not find a hardrive in the laptop.  I go to BIOS and can run the HD scan and all works well so the Laptop's BIOS knows the HD is installed.  Any one have any suggestions?

A:XP on Lenovo T60 will not find Harddrive

This is the url to the lenovo page where u can look it up: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/7zim06ww.txt
If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller, (as you have), select Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller.
No need to change BIOS, just download the drivers from the link to a floppy desk, start ur windows installation and press F6 at the very start. Then press "S" and select "Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI", press "enter" and continue the installation on your T60 ;-)
Good luck.

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Hello to all.
My first post here .....Woohoo.
I'm running Vista Business, and would like to know where to go and how to maneuver around in order to figure out the size of the harddrive.
Thank you very very much for your help in advance.

A:How to find out the size of the Harddrive?

Two ways-

1. Right click on the drive in "Computer", click "Properties"

2.Start> right click "computer", click "Manage", click "continue", click "Storage-Disk Management"

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Any software (ie. Crystl Disk) that I use to check out my hard drive cannot find it. The drive has smartdrive and should readily found.

A:Sodtware cannot find harddrive

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I have two hard drives a C: (160g WinXp) and E80g Music etc...) drive. I am getting the NTDLR is missing error on a black screen. When I go into Windows Setup it does not recognize my primary C: drive (which has winxp installed). I see the E: drive, but that's it.

Does anyone have any ideas how to get my C: drive up and running? Any help would be appreciated

A:Cannot Find Primary HardDrive

you may need to use another machine and see if disc manager can set it active
if OS see's it at all
or use the xp disc and try a command window that may let you see the first partition.
there are a few bootable free disc utilitys out there if you can get someone to burn and try repair and copy the files needed
seems files are there,something has deactivated the c drive

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I have purchased a used hp pavilion ze5170, It will not find the hard drive. I purchased a new hard drive and it still does not work. I go into the Bios and the boot is set on fd,cd,hd then lan. this computer has ze 41oo bios, is that the correct Bios. Does anyone know where I can get the Bios for a ze5170 on a fd?

Thank you in advance for your help


A:hp pavilion can't find harddrive

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Try changing the ide cable, it might just help.

If that doesn`t work than maybe you`re looking at a bad ide controller/bad mobo.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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So, i installed two drives. a ssd, and a hdd.
I was in the market to build a new computer. however i wanted to keep all programs and content from my old computer. so i bought a 2tb wd black drive for storage. and i was told to get an ssd to install windows on as it would be optimal, (including programs i commonly use such as photoshop or sony vegas)
whilst i use the hdd for mass storage.
So i cloned the contents from my old computers hard drive to my current hdd that was going to be used in my new computer.

Here's where my problem starts. i installed my ssd first and now i have win10 on it, im certain its my bootdrive as i wanted. then i open my rig back up to pop the hard drive i wanted to store everything in, inside of it. after doing this i was expecting my screen to display my desktop as it was on my old computer with my programs and files on screen as i had them. however it remained the same as it was when i first initially installed windows after i booted up the pc.

However on my second observation i noticed if i go to documents> this pc> and my hard drive (not the ssd that is my c: drive. all the content is there and there's a file that says "users" and inside was my user account from my old pc and there's another folder named desktop where i noticed there was everything. upon further examination of the files and folders on my installed hard drive it appears everything is there.
so where is my stuff on my desktop screen? why are ... Read more

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Hi guys, I've been reading this forum for some help but cannot seem to find anything as my problem (or multiple problems) seems to be quite specific.

The problem:
During the creation of a 30GB FAT32 partition on my brand new IOMEGA 1.5tb desktop external harddrive the power cable was unwittingly disconnected and the partition failed. Since that time I have been unable to find the harddrive on my system.

What I've tried so far:
I've tried searching 'My Computer', 'Disk Management', and 'Device Manager', none of them are showing up anything ( they were showing the device perfectly before the incident ). I have also attempted to use the harddrive on a laptop of mine but to no avail. I've attempted to find out if UPnP is enabled on my Bios menu but for some reason this menu keeps softlocking/hardlocking and I must manually restarted the computer. I have also shut down all power to the computer for about an hour and the problem persists.

Any help would be most appreciated.

A:Cannot find external harddrive

problem fixed

i had to buy another hard drive

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Hey, I installed the Win 7 beta(64) and when i was reformating from xp32 to win7 i remember i pressed delete my main partition(cause i was sure that was to delete all the files on it) My win7 version works fine, but i want to get back to xp32 and i cant reformat.

I get up the setup to the recovery cd and everything, but when i choose install xp32 i get an error where it says that it cant find any harddrives to install xp32 on..

What do i do please help.

A:Recovery CD cant find my harddrive

Hey, I installed the Win 7 beta(64) and when i was reformating from xp32 to win7 i remember i pressed delete my main partition(cause i was sure that was to delete all the files on it) My win7 version works fine, but i want to get back to xp32 and i cant reformat.

I get up the setup to the recovery cd and everything, but when i choose install xp32 i get an error where it says that it cant find any harddrives to install xp32 on..

What do i do please help.

(I also posted this in another category, sorry for double posting dont know where to put it)

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Hi everyone!,

This is my first post in these forum so i thought i should say hi to everyone. I have a problem with my Vista installation in that when i boot up with the disc in the dvd drive, i get the screen where you choose the partition and HD etc but it cannot find anything and I can't click on load drivers because I dont ever remember having a disc for my harddrive!
Im currently running a P4 3Ghz, 2gb kinston RAM, Nvidia 7600GT, Dell Dimension 8300.

I was wondering if anyone could help me.



A:Vista cannot find my harddrive

Does your BIOS see your Hard drive?

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