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Hard Drive not finding disk for windows install

Q: Hard Drive not finding disk for windows install

I am using a usb bootable drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have used hade USB copy of Windows for some time now so I know that it works.
My issue is at the moment is once the install starts and makes it to the screen that ask you which drive you would like to install windows on it cannot locate any drive.
I says something similar to no useable drive or something similar. (I do not have the screen in front of me) The list is empty. You have the options of opening a command prompt, advanced repair options, or load drivers. From what I see I need to
create a new drive but cannot figure out how or if I'm trying to do something I don't need to do.
Any help walking me threw this Please.

P.S. The hard drive I am using was at one point used in a different computer and was wiped clean

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Preferred Solution: Hard Drive not finding disk for windows install

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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i have an hp pavilion dv5000 and at first i had a "blue screen" problem so my friend thought reformatting my hard drive will help but no i have no OS and when i try to put one in it says like "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" please help i dont know what to do
 

A:my hp pavilion dv5000 has many problems like its not finding a hard disk drive

What is the error code on the blue screen message.

Look for specific numbers such as 0x---------
Also anything such as PAGE_FAULT
 

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Hey guys new to TS and im in a bit of a bind I want to put a 64 bit processor and a new hard drive with as much space as possible in my compaq presario laptop i have a buddy thats training to be a crt that can help both of these things i know you can get these things fairly cheap if you know where to look but i need to know whats compatable and maybe some suggestions on what to buy I have a compaq presario F700 notebook BIOS AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Proc. TK-57 1.9hz
2588 avail ram and direct x 11 half of that info was probably not even needed but it cant hurt after installed im sure i will put windows 7 on here as much help and advice as i can get will be very much appreciated also off topicwhat do you guys think about uniblue power suite 2010 yes no i also need to upgrade my antivirus and spyware software if anyone wants to put in some input thanks so much guys and I look foreword to being a member of the site.
 

A:Looking to install a new processor and add hard drive need help finding them

You won't be able to (about a 10% chance you even could) replace the CPU, because its unlikely the motherboard's BIOS will support any significant change to CPU to make it worthwhile.

As for the hard disk, you need a 2.5" hard disk. You could probably get a 1TB version, but its likely to cost you.

Anti-virus: I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, or AVG Free Edition 2011.
Spyware/malware: I recommend Malwarebytes.
 

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I need to do an XP repair install on my Dell Dimension 8400 to fix several programs that no longer work (Update being the biggest problem). I had used this Forum a couple of months ago and doing the repair install was the recommended solution. I have a copy of the michaelstevenstech.com directions so I know what to do.

Unfortunately, when I try to launch the "to setup Windows XP, press enter" step, the program comes back with an error message saying the hard drive is not found.

Can someone help me do something to get through this step?

Thank you.
 

A:XP Repair Install & Finding the Hard Drive

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I am very much at the end of my rope. Not only does Windows not load at all, but now when I try to repair or reinstall it, an error message comes up saying that I do not have a hard disk drive installed. I do not understand how this can be possible. I thought a computer had to have some kind of hard drive to run.

I have the system disk, but I can't repair it. What do I do about this "no hard disk drive installed" error?
 

A:Windows XP Pro Install Says I Don't Have a Hard Disk Drive Installed

First you might try opening up the computer. Make sure the white power cable is connected to the hard drive. Then one at a time, disconnect and reconnect both ends of the ribbon data cable. Have seen where this looks connected and even pushing it in doesn't always solve the problem.

When your computer first boots, but before you get any error message, can you get to your computer's CMOS to see what hard drive is detected. Is anything there and if so, is it correct. You need to get the computer to recognize a hard drive before it can boot from one.
 

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.

Steve

A:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

spthomas,
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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Hello everyone,

The main issue is that I have an ISO file on a USB and I've been trying to boot Windows from it. I get to the screen where it asks me which hard drive I want to install the OSS. I bought a new hard drive and as such it appears as Disk 0: Unallocated Space. From there, I select it and hit "next" but it gives me the error message: "Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition."

I tried partitioning it, and then I tried formatting and that didn't work. Also, even though it is a SATA Hard drive, it is set as IDE on the BIOS.

One part I should point out is that the SATA cable I'm using is for my old hard drive which was a SATA 3.0 gb/s. This one is 6.0 gb/s. I'm pretty sure that they are backwards compatible but just in case this could be an issue too I should let people know.

Also, would it help if I burned the ISO on an empty DVD disk instead? I heard sometimes the culprit is things on USB.

Thank you

EDIT: Should point out that this is an old motherboard, but because I took the old hard drive out, it is a clean install, meaning that I have no OS at all

A:Windows 7 cannot install on new hard drive. Stuck on disk partition

Work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

In BIOS setup are there any settings for CSM, UEFI, Secure Boot or Legacy BIOS, or does the BIOS Boot menu show any UEFI devices listed?

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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.
 

A:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.
 

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I've installed a Maxtor 20gig HD as a slave to my WD 20 gig boot drive. I used the software I downloaded from Maxtor to partition and format the new drive. The bios Auto-Detect finds the drive, but Windows is not "seeing" it

Any ideas ??
 

A:Windows is not finding new hard drive

The OS does not see drives--ever; it sees only partitions. I think the problem is in the fact that you used a utility other than Microsoft's FDisk to partition the drive. That, combined with the fact that the drive is a slave, is your problem.

The software you used is probably some kind of drive overlay, intended for use on the Master (bootable) drive. Since the bootable drive is another drive, the overlay never gets activated and, therefore, the new partition isn't seen by the OS.

Drive overlays are to be avoided whenever possible.

Create a Windows Boot disk.
Turn off the computer.
Disconnect the Master drive.
Set the new drive as Master.
Boot from the startup disk.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter again.
Type FDISK and press enter.
Now delete any partition that exists.
Create a new partition.
Reboot.
Format the new partition.
Turn off the computer.
Set the new drive back to slave.
Connect the old drive back as master
Turn on the computer.
Your new partition should now be "seen".
 

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Hi

I purchased a new hard drive as my old one broke. I have plugged it in correctly (checked this with seagate diagnostic tools which recognise the hard drive is plugged in and allowed me to do a quick scan to check it was ok.) When I run windows xp installer it cannot find a hard drive. Please help. The following is the harddrive information and processor:

The new hard drive is:
Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 7200RPM - OEM

I am using the following processor I bought 3 years ago:
AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3400+ 512kb L2cache 754pin Retail Boxed Processor with 3 Year Warranty and Fan Included

Since buying the processor I seem to have lost the setup disk that came with.

Thanks

James
 

A:Windows xp setup not finding new hard drive. Please help

More than likely if your bios recognizes the drive and XP does not you will need a driver which can be loaded from floppy or CD when XP setup first starts you will see a prompt at the bottom of the screen something like "Press F6 to load 3rd party drivers"
 

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Hi. Well to start out I tried to format a partition on my computer I made after recently reinstalling windows xp onto my computer and shortly after the formatting was finished my computer shut down. I then spent a few hours searching for possible answers.

Not finding one from the Internet nor my brother or friends I decided the only way forward would be to reinstall windows or try to use the windows repair function on the installation disc. Much to my confusion after trying to do so a screen popped up saying that windows couldn't find a hard-drive connected to the computer.

I have absolutely no idea what to do so I would thought pleading for your help would be a necessary option. So please if you can help I would be very appreciative.

Thank you for reading and possibly helping.

My apologies for posting two threads. As I am currently posting from my iPod, as soon as I find a way to delete the other thread I will. until the I would appreciate it if anyone with any information could post on this thread.

Thank you and sorry again.

A:Windows setup not finding hard-drive.

if the hard drive is sata xp has no native support for sata

set it to be seen as ide 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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I have an Asus UL80Vt notebook. Asus does not believe in supplying a disk with a full installable version of Windows 7 with the computer- I got two disks with my system- "Windows 7 Recovery Media for Windows 7 Product" and a disk with Asus drivers and utilities.

Immediately upon starting the computer I was advised to create system restore disks, and 3 hours later I had 4 DVD-Rs with a complete rebuild on them. Also the factory hard drive has a hidden restore partition with about 9 GB of space.

I just purchased an OCZ SSD, and I want to remove and replace my factory Maxtor. From what I understand about SSDs it is not a good idea to clone a standard disk drive on to them, you should do a clean, fresh install of the OS.

Riddle me this- with what I have is that possible? Can I ask Microsoft to supply me with an install disk? Should I ask Asus? Am I supposed to get one with a system purchased from an authorized vendor (I do have the hologram sticker on the bottom of my laptop)?

I had one guy tell me to buy a copy, Newegg has OEM licenses for $105. WTF? I don't think so, I paid for the damn license already, not just a plastic box full of electronics.

What do I do now?

Thanks

A:New hard drive, no install disk

I can't speak to the SSD aspect, but Windows has a backup and restore utility. If you create a system image to an external drive, or another internal drive, you might try restoring it to the SSD drive.

I have replaced a normal SATA drive and used the image restore to get my system where it was prior to the drive change. I do not have an SSD drive, but I think if I did have one, I would make sure I was keeping an image backup.

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Hi, i really hope someone can help.

I have a Windows 7 Laptop which i bought in January, at the same time i bought a WD 2TB external hard drive to back up all my files onto (last laptop broke and i lost everything so decided to keep everything off the laptop itself)

This has been working fine for me until last week. I was using my laptop with the hard drive plugged into the USB port transfering files across when the hard drive suddenly disappeared off my laptop. since then when i plug in the external hard drive the laptop doesnt recognise that there is any hardware there. I have tried plugging in other USB devices and they work fine so pretty sure it isnt the USB port thats damaged and i have tried searching for new hardware in the control pannel but it doesnt find anything. I have also done the right click on my computer and go to manage to change the disk number that have seen suggested on other forums but it doesnt show up on there so cant change anything there
The light on the hard drive comes on and starts flashing as soon as i plug the USB into the computer but doesnt show up at all. i have tried restarting the laptop and reinstalling the drivers but this hasnt helped at all

Couple some please help me figure out what i need to do to sort it out? i am getting pretty desperated because all of my files are stuck on it!

A:My Windows 7 Laptop Has Stopped Finding My WD External Hard Drive

Try to uninstall & install the wd external driver files.

restart and check it...!

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Hi all, I am in need of installing a second disk drive for my ThinkCentre E53 10AS. I read the manual, which has instructions on replacing the disk drive - it does mention that in order to install a second disk drive, to follow these same instructions! Of course, it would not be an identical process. For example, there are 3 SATA plugs on the mother board, SATA1, SATA2 (both red), and SATA3 (yellow). SATA1 is plugged into the HDD. There is a box connected to the power button, that has two buttons on the back. SATA power and SATA data. The SATA power is connected to the HDD and the motherboard via a 4-wire cable. The SATA data is connected to the HDD via a ribbon SATA cable.  So, if I want to install a second HDD, do I use a SATA plug to connect it to the yellow SATA 3 plug?  Does the fact that the plug is yellow mean anything? And finally, I have looked everywhere, but cannot figure out what the max HDD capacity would be for a secondary drive? I bought a WD Red 3TB. Hopeful it works? Any advice is greatly appreciated! 

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Hi all, I am in need of installing a second disk drive for my ThinkCentre E53 10AS. I read the manual, which has instructions on replacing the disk drive - it does mention that in order to install a second disk drive, to follow these same instructions! Of course, it would not be an identical process. For example, there are 3 SATA plugs on the mother board, SATA1, SATA2 (both red), and SATA3 (yellow). SATA1 is plugged into the HDD.
 
There is a box connected to the power button, that has two buttons on the back. SATA power and SATA data. The SATA power is connected to the HDD and the motherboard via a 4-wire cable. The SATA data is connected to the HDD via a ribbon SATA cable. 
 
So, if I want to install a second HDD, do I use a SATA plug to connect it to the yellow SATA 3 plug? 
 
Does the fact that the plug is yellow mean anything?
 
And finally, I have looked everywhere, but cannot figure out what the max HDD capacity would be for a secondary drive? I bought a WD Red 3TB. Hopeful it works?
 
Any advice is greatly appreciated! 
 
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A:ThinkCentre (E53): need to install as secondary hard disk drive

According to the hardware maintenance manual for the E73, the two motherboard SATA connectors (which you say are red) are SATA3 which supports 6GB/s.  The third one (which you say is yellow) is SATA2 which supports 3GB/s.
 
Sinc you've bought a SATA3 drive, you should use the second red SATA3 connector to get maximum performance out of it.  Be sure you use a SATA3 data cable and not a SATA2 data cable, as that's part of the requirement to get SATA3 performance.
 
As far as drive capacity goes, there's no hardware limit pertaining to your E73.  However there IS a consideration depending on the fact that your drive is larger than 2TB.  In order for a new drive to be usable, it must be "partitioned" and "formatted with a file system".  And in order to use a drive larger than 2TB the partitioning technique must be GPT, and not MBR.
 
You can partition the new drive to have one or more partitions, but if you mistakenly use MBR as the partitioning technique only 2TB of the drive will be visible and usable for partitions.  And there will be a maximum of four "primary" partitions (or a maximum of three "primary" partitions and any number of "logical" partitions).  The extra 1TB of your new 3TB drive will be invisible and unusable.  And the largest MBR partition is also limited to 2TB.
 
In contrast, if you partition the drive using GPT (which is the modern partitioning method that is recommended), this method supports drives... Read more

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Can't locate files or hard drive, after successfully removing windows vista recovery malware. I thought I read how to do this once before, but can't seem to find the thread..

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I have a failing 1TB HD that I want to replace with a SSD 250-500GB HD. Do I need a 1TB HD replacement to use recovery disk? The only programs/apps are MS Office and printer software, so I know there is enough space. Thanks, Paul.

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Last April, my hard drive (running Vista) crashed. I received a new one with no OS, and my school installed windows 7 professional on it, giving me the MSDN-AA "Enterprise" product key but no install disk. I have since graduated, and my hard drive has crashed again. I've been able to make a system repair disk, but it won't let me make a system image or back up because the shadow copy is timing out (I'm only getting my files to an external HD by copying and pasting...). Windows won't mail me a disk because they say my school has to do it. Since I have graduated, my school won't mail me the install disk, even though I still have my old product key. My new hd comes on monday, with no OS.

I have the Vista installation CD's, so I suppose I'll install Vista for now, but I'd like to re-install Windows 7 onto the clean disk or at least upgrade vista to windows 7 - any ideas?

A:New Hard drive, same prod. key, no system image, no install disk?!

Unfortunately, since you no longer qualify for the MSDNAA option, you will need to purchase a retail/upgrade version of Windows 7..

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical). Ubuntu 11.10 can boot fine.

A:Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install

Did you install Windows 7, then install Ubuntu?

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How can I reinstall Windows on my Alienware X51 after a hard drive crash?  This means that I do not have access to the recovery partition and I do not have any external recovery disk.  I will attempt this with a Windows bootable USB drive.  What Window product key should I use??  or, can I create a recovery disk from Dell Support??
thanks

A:(Redirected) Clean Install after hard drive crash - no recovery disk

Hi pitarg,
Please repost this in the Alienware Club Forum for help.
http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/

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When computer boots it gives me a boot disk failure and wen I check the bios I find that the biso hasn'f ound the hard disks. Sometimes it finds them sometimes not. Coulld anyone please tell me how the problem can be solved?


Thank you

A:bios isn't finding hard disk

take the motherboard out of the computer with the hard drive power supply and RAM. See if it recreates the issue outside the box. Sounds like bad ground or bad mobo if this really is an intermittent issue.

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i have an hp pavilion a1560n. i am trying to install win xp pro sp2. just put a new hard drive in but windows installer will not recignize the drive. i have tryed to install 3rd party raid and it doesnt work does anyone have any suggestions?
 

A:problems with hp finding hard disk

You really need to share more about what's going on and what you've done so we can help better. You installed a new hard drive? Bios recognizes it? But the OS install can't find it? It's a Sata Drive? Jazz
 

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Well it has been a fun couple of days!

Trying to restore a mistake on my Windows 7 ultimate x64 hard drive that Ubuntu started to overwrite.

So far I have
1. Backed-up / Copied all my files so whatever is done to this HD is ok.
2. Restored the partitions
3. Tried FixMBR / FixBoot / Chkdsk / Rebuildbcd

In the recovery console it sees my OS just fine

But when I boot my Dell XPS desktop after post it says 'Disk Read Error' press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

I don't think it has anything to do with the bios - I've put the hard drive in another dell and it did the same thing (tried different Sata cables too).

I think there is a peice I'm missing somewhere with these partitions (see attached). I currently have my non-booting drive in another dell and you can see it as Disk 1 in the screen shot.

Any suggestions for getting this thing back to booting? I can access all the files from it fine when I have on this computer (as the 2nd hdd) which leads me to believe there is just a boot issue somewhere.

Can I repair install Windows 7 on this hd even though it is the 2nd hard drive on the computer?

I'm trying to avoiding a wipe and reinstalling all the programs so I'm hoping I can somehow fix this last peice.

Your help is greatly appreciated - thank you!

A:Disk Read Error - Boot Issue...Repair Install on 2nd Hard Drive?

   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.



1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows




2) Fix MBR.



3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

A:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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i want to install from my boot usb but windows tells me no drives are suitable.
it says it cannot create a partition.
what to do?
what I do now is the screen before use shift + f10 and then diskpart.
if i am lucky by fiddling around i can get a disk to take the new install.
This is not very satisfactory. I have no idea why the fiddling works.
Please educate me.
Roe5685

A:Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

Is your hard rive GPT or MBR? What

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Clean Install - Windows 8
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...ndows-8-a.html

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i have previously installed win 7 ultimate, 64 bit n windows 10, ran dual boot
aftr a while i deleted them both n also all the partitions like recovery ,reserved etc. except some imp partions of my personal files
i have efi system with gpt partition style
when i try to install its not working
it shows windows cannot b installed in gpt system...
what can i do to solve my prob?
pls help me out!

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Hi
I just replaced my hard disk put a new one on my inspiron  5520 I couldn't no data left on old one. I wanwanted to install Windows 10 that I had before but it is not booting up from my USB drive. I don't know what to do is this have something to do with BIOS or something.

A:Windows 10 on new hard disk can't install it.

The Inspiron 5520 was never tested for Windows 10 so it could be anything from BIOS incompatibility to other hardware.  I wouldn't bother with windows 10 imho.

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I'm having problems reinstalling Windows XP, it keeps saying that there is no Hard Disk Drive detected. I want to format and then reinstall through the windows setup cd.

I have a Compaq V3793TU laptop.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 72614 MB, Free - 13357 MB; D: Total - 80003 MB, Free - 1075 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 30CD, 80.49,
Antivirus: Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled
 

A:Windows XP Install - No Hard Disk

Here is the support site for the Compaq Presario V3793TU laptop. You should add and save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

It's product specifications section lists hardware and devices that are completely different than what you've submitted. I suspected something was wrong when I saw an Intel Pentium III processor listed along with 1024 MB of RAM. I've never seen a computer with that processor that supports more than 512 - 768 MB of RAM.

From what I can determine, Windows Vista came pre-installed in that laptop. Did you do a "downgrade" to Windows XP?

Are you using an actual Windows XP CD and have you set the optical drive first in the boot order?

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I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?

A:Cannot install Windows to this hard disk?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by doh23


I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?



Use the winpe, diskpart and imagex approach to force it to do what you want. If that disk can boot XP, it can be wiped clean and forced to boot 7. Tell me more about your system, and the exact errors and I'll point you at the right tutorial.

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i have previously installed win 7 ultimate, 64 bit n windows 10, ran dual boot
aftr a while i deleted them both n also all the partitions like recovery ,reserved etc. except some imp partions of my personal files
i have efi system with gpt partition style
when i try to install its not working
it shows windows cannot b installed in gpt system...
what can i do to solve my prob?
pls help me out!

A:not able to install windows on my hard disk

What version of Windows you are trying to install ? How did you delete the partitions ? Try some 3rd party ( like Partition wizard ) program to wipe the disc and format it .

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Hi!

Can anyone please help me with this?

My problem is that I have just bought a new system running vista after the old one died following a motherboard problem (it refused to boot). I have salvaged the old hard disk which ran XP and it appears to be sound and I have put it in an external enclosure connected to the new computer. I want to retrieve/access old mail folders created in MS Outlook 2003 on the old hard disk but cannot seem to locate them anywhere.

Any suggestions as to how I can get to and open them please?
 

A:Finding and transferring Outlook Personal Folders from an Old Hard Disk

Your old outlook.pst file should be located here: Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Copy it over to your new PC. In Outlook, do File > Open > Outlook Data File

Here's some extra reading for future reference:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287070
 

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Hi
I want to replace the failing hard drive on my Windows 8 dell laptop.  
It did not come with a Windows CD.  Is it possible to install windows onto a replacement hard drive without a CD?
Thanks in advance for any replies.

A:Hard drive failure. How do I install windows on new hard drive without a CD.

You'll need to contact Dell to purchase a copy of the recovery media.

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My dad was cleaning out the office and came across a nice, unopened, sealed box copy of Windows XP Professional. He told me they never used it, so he gave it to me.

I've got my handy dandy 500GB External Hard Drive here, I'd love to experiment.

How can I install Windows XP to the Hard Drive and boot off of it?

Do I have to do anything special? Or is it like installing to a regular computer; boot into the installer, select your drive, install, yay.

Any help would be nice--thank you!
Oh yes, I have posted this in the External Hardware forum as well, I was unsure where to post it, sorry if its considered spam!!

A:Install Windows XP to External Hard Disk?

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i have a SATA hard disk on my laptop with 3 partitions first being active system partition and xp home on it.

now i want to install xp on my usb 160gb hard disk,
when i boot from cd i can only see 4 partitions of my usb hard disk.fine.
i installed xp on one of its partition then booted from usb hard drive but when ever it boots it start my original xp home from inbuilt hard drive..
i checked boot.ini on usb harddisk and its path was

Quote:




multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect




and original was

Quote:




multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect




when i just tried to change path on usb to include disk(1) just because it was only showing one harddisk at installation time it said path not valid.
i am unable to boot from usb hard drive although insallation went ok and i can access it when i boot from normal hard drive.
any suggestion whether it is SATA something that cause no internal hard drive to show up.?please suggest.

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Can I install windows 10 on external hard disk and run all programs on that windows without any problems (Photoshop, Revit, Lumion). If it is possible, what type of external hdd should I buy (maybe link of product)? Thanks
 

A:Can I install windows 10 on external hard disk and run all p

No you cannot install windows on any external HD & use it
you have to install windows on the internal Hard Disc
 

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Hey there,

I had Windows 7 RC etc running recognizing all my hard drives, now after a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate I cannot access drive E:

"E:\ is not accessable"
"Access denied"

It's a Seagate 1GB Sata which contains most of my data, so I really need to get access.

Thanks for any help.
JD
 

A:Windows 7 cannot access Hard Disk after install

Its a permissions issue, you need to take ownership of E: (Right click on E: in windows explorer)

Then grant the proper permissions for it.

http://www.vista4beginners.com/Change-permissions-take-ownership
 

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I bought a new laptop two weeks ago, the os it is running now is windows 7. . There is only one hard disk insideit in 300 gb but in my computer file it is two seperate hard disk.



You can see that there are two hard disk one in 99.9 gb, and another is 198 gb. But the windows was installed in 99.9 gb but still i can access the files in 198 gb.

Now if i install windows 8 can i do the same thing ???

Also can anyone mention if i can split the hard drive into two, 150gb and 150 gb, and install win 7 on the first one and win 8 in the second one, But still i want to access the files in win 8 hard disk when i am using win 8 .....

Help me guys...

A:How do i install windows on a hard disk ? (readmoresoyoucanunderstand)

Hello KKS21199 Welcome to the SevenForums!

The 14.2gb drive seen there shouldn't even be seen as Local C but the hidden factory recovery partition to begin with. That contains all of the main prepackaged "bloat wares" as often they are referred to as well as the device drivers and utilities the manufacturer tosses into the mix of programs and options.

The D 197gb should be C not D for the main OS volume Windows is preinstalled on and the other 57.9mb volume is the System Reserved boot volume containing the BCD Store(Boot Configuration Data Store) and boot loader file.remaining items are for removable media. That looks to be about a 230gb drive you have there. When totalling up 197gb adding 14.9gb along with 57.9mb it comes upto far less then 300gb. 211.20579gb approximate

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Hey,

I am trying to install windows 8 with my bios set to RAID mode however the hard drives are not showing when going through the installation options.

From googling it seems that I need to load the hard drive or raid drivers during the installation but how ?

is there a exe that needs to run or is there a specific driver file that I need to browse to before rescanning for hard drives again ?

My name is the HP Elitebook 840 G1.

Thanks

Scott

A:Windows 8 RAID Install - can't see hard disk

Yes, you have to load RAID with the OS. Then you have to create the RAID sets from 2 or more drives. I THINK you can load IRST RAID program AFTER the OS is loaded but that isn't the way I did it so have no experience of that route.

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Ok here's the deal -

I have had xp for a long time on a custom computer. Recently I contracted a virus (namely the xp antivirus 2012 system virus). I decided to reformat the hard drive, as I do not have the original xp discs, I bought windows 7 (the full version, not upgrade). While trying to install windows 7 and subsequently reformat the hard drive, the installation program can not detect any hard disk whatsoever.

Another problem is that the virus has corrupted my computer to the point where I cannot even load xp. All my computer is currently good for is watching it try to load.
 

A:Windows 7 install can't detect any hard disk

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my HDD failed, I bought a new disk and put it in my z580 laptop and started it up with the windows recovery disk in the DVD drive.  It came up with 'press any key to start from DVD' which I did.  It ran for a few minutes then failed with the error that a required hardware device was missing. Tried again with an original Windows 7 install DVD but that failed with the message 'failed to verify image - access denied'. Tried again with a Windows 8 install disk, failed again with the same message as the restore disk above.  I also have a Windows 10 upgrade disk but that fails as well. What can I do ?

A:Hard disk failure - how to install Windows ?

Which OS came with the laptop?  

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my HDD failed, I bought a new disk and put it in my z580 laptop and started it up with the windows recovery disk in the DVD drive.  It came up with 'press any key to start from DVD' which I did.  It ran for a few minutes then failed with the error that a required hardware device was missing. Tried again with an original Windows 7 install DVD but that failed with the message 'failed to verify image - access denied'. Tried again with a Windows 8 install disk, failed again with the same message as the restore disk above.  I also have a Windows 10 upgrade disk but that fails as well. What can I do ?

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Hello everyone,

Due to the fault on my hard disk, i was forced to format one of the partitions and install Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. But, the installation process can not proceed after Copying the operating System files and displaying an error message.

What is the best remedy to install the operating system on the first partition without losing the data on the 2nd partition?

Thanks

A:how can i install Windows 7 on one of my hard disk's partition?

Welcome to Seven Forums love, what is the error meassge?

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