Good morning, Recently I have tried to recover my laptop by choosing the option to keep it (not the recycling option) but at the end of the resetting steps I got a message that not all of my files have been removed properly. Then I tried again to do a recovery with recycling option but it didn't work.After that, I tried to install windows 10 from a flash usb but also it didn't work; in the first step of installation he is not capable to find the hard drives or any place where I can install windows. I don't know if my description is clear but I hope that you could help me. Thanks in advance!
I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.
I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.
You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)
What is the complete product name or product number of your notebook? At this point, you have only partially identified your HP product. That does not let us know enough about its hardware to help you. Enter the BIOS and look in the system information tab for the product number.It is in the following format. xxxxx#xxx. x=an alphanumeric characterRead other 3 answers
Ok i have a fuji-semins laptop Model Li 18181 with windows vista home basic and im fed up with it, vista is slow on and it i dont hink it was meant for the pc althought it came with it. So i got windows xp pro, inserted the disk and when it loaded it said no hard drives foun, how do i install windows xp now if it cant find my 100gb hard drive, im confused as i have installed windows xp in other laptops for friends and never had this problem please help me.
Actual Error Message
SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DISK DRIVES INSTALLED IN YOUR COMPUTER.
I'm guessing the HD is SATA and you didn't stop the install at the proper F6 prompt to install SATA drivers.. If the pc doesn't have a floppy here's an article that will help.
BTW, have you checked to see if all your hardware has XP drivers available?
Title pretty much sums it all up.
I have 2 hard Drives, both connected via SATA, when trying to install windows, It does not find any hard drives.
Funny thing is, when i choose to repair, and use the command prompt, I was able to format both C and D drives (my 2 hard drives). However it was no help : (
Also, on of the drives, when i formated, it only recognised 130 ish GB out of the 500 present (both are 500 gb drives) this is due to me partitioning this drive in the past, and making it read only (cept now I can't Undo it, but that is a problem for later, for now, just want windows 7 installed up and running)
Help would be very much appreciated.
EDIT: I have checked the bios, everything looks fine (out of the options raid, ide and a third option (i forgot) its under IDE, every thing appears normal to me, although i probably dont know better). The last OS on this system is win vista 64 bit, im installing win 7 32 bit, sick of all the fuss with driver problems last time round.
My Build for this computer is attached onto a picture
It is a rather old system (3 years old now) so I no longer have warranty and Asus and WD both refused support : (
try clearing the drive you wish to install on with killdisk and then try the install
as long as bios is set to see sata as ide it should not be a problem
im new to this forum, but i could really use your help. i recentlly just purchaced a gateway M-6784 laptop, and i cant seem to do anything to install windoes XP over my vista operating system. i tryed "kill-hdd" i tryed every advice so far. and all i get is the same message. i install the program on boot up, it goes through the process, and then when it gets to the point os instalation, i get a error message the "NO HARD DRIVE FOUND" cand some one pleeeeaaasee help me here
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I have a new VAIO laptop with Vista Home. I want it gone. I downloaded all of the XP drivers from Sony, purchased a copy of XP Pro, and then worked up the motivation yesterday to reformat the notebook's OS, without the convenience of MS DOS.
I followed the procedure in this thread: techspot.com/vb/topic79717.html
When I got to the point where I would need to format a partition, Setup told me something to the effect of, Setup cannot locate a hard drive on this computer. What am I doing wrong? Please help!
Closed-minded Vista Hater
Dear Closed-minded Vista Hater
Before you get to the point of formatting the drive
Select remove the partition instead (probably 64bit)
Or if it still says cannot find HardDrive
locate the HardDrive cover (and usually one screw)
Pull it out (with Power and main battery out)
Then hold down the ON switch for 30secs (dispersing all internal power)
Then put the HardDrive back in
Then put the power back in
Then refer above to remove the partition during Xp install again
I have an Alienware M-7700 with 2 hard drives. I am trying to install Windows XP. I tried using the XP utilites all the files load off the diskettes, when it comes time to putting in the Win XP disk, Windows says no drives found. This was my last attempt before other failed attempts trying different methods.
Before going this route, I tried setting the drive to raid, installed the raid drivers. When it I try to set up the array, it says no drives found. What I'm confused is that the BIO recognizes the drives. When I boot up it lists the drives as Stripe.
Alienware suppport site is not all that informative.
To be honest, right now I'm confused on how I should set up my drives in the BIOS. Right now it is set to RAID + Stripe. If that makes any sense to you experts. I tried so many different method from the info I gathered from Alien Support site.
Isn't there an option using the utlilites disks to format my drives? If so would thids be helpful for me to try? If so, how can I go about using the format tool from Win Utilities?
My apologies for being ignorant. I didn't know this was going to be such a headache. I'm usually capable of resolving hardware and OS issues on my own. I hope I've explained enough, make sense and have provided enough information for one of you experts out there to help me resolve this problem.
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.
I am having a problem installing a fresh, new installation of Windows 7 on my new custom-built PC. The specs of this machine are:
Gigabyte H61M Motherboard Technology
Intel Quad Core I5 2380P 3.1Ghz CPU
1tb Sata Hard Drive
8gb DDR3 1333 Memory
ATI Radeon 6670 2gb DDR3 with HDMI Hyper Memory Upto 3.8gb
24x Dual Layer Sata DVD Writer
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I had to buy the Operating System separately and bought Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. When I go into the Windows installation and get to the part where I choose which drive to install Windows to I get a message saying "No drives were found. Click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation".
So I tried inserting the Gigabyte Intel P61/H61 Utility Dvd and browsing for the drivers but I can't find any compatible ones in there - and I have no idea what driver I am looking for.
When I browse for drivers it shows up with:
Local Disk (C:)
CD DRIVE (D:) GIGABYTE
So I don't understand why it can't install onto the C drive if it finds it like that. Also I don't know what the Boot drive is for - it has Program Files, sources, Users and Windows in there and was with the PC when I bought it - does not allow me to boot from it though?
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Drive x: is a RAMDISK where Windows is loaded from the DVD.
Can you see the HDD in BIOS?
See if you can format the HDD with KillDisk - http://www.sysnative.com/forums/show...rmat)-KillDisk
Where did you purchase Windows 7 Home Premium x64 from?
The Windows DVD has the drivers necessary for the SATA HDD. Is the HDD connected as primary?
Regards. . .
My laptop upgraded windows to windows 10 a week ago and since then it no longer recognises the DVD/CD drive.
When I go into the properties it brings up the following message:
Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
Any ideas on how to fix it?
I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.
After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.
I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.
How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?
It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem
OR you can TRY try this
Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS
On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS
Hello everyone. This is my first post with a question. I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS. I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy. Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding. Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one. I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more
All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.
Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.
-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.
- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.
- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.
- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.
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Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.
It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.
Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
I reinstalled WIndows XP SP 1 on my old Dell Desktop. I added a Hitachi Desktar 250gb hard drive to it a couple of years ago and was working fine until the reinstall; now the hard drive does not show up (Neither in Disk Management nor in BIOS). It is like it isn't there at all. Unfortunately, Hitachi doesn't give out the drivers for the hardware because they are compatible with XP. Any suggestions on how I can get my hard drive back?
BTW: The hard drive has data on it but I don't need it; I was planning on wiping it clean after reinstalling XP.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It should show up in the BIOS; if its not showing there its a trouble sign; check all cables (power + data cable)
Check if you have "IDE Emulation" or "AHCI" enabled so XP can see it; also its good idea to update your xp installation to sp3/newer updates.
I want to thank you for the extraordinary work that you be trying to achieve. Congratulations.
My question is:
During the reinstallation of Windows 7, the operating system did not find the hdd. on some forum I visit they have to say download the drivers. but I do not know where to find its drivers
already thank you for your support
Dell Inspiron M5030.
CPU: AMD Athlon (tm) ii P360 Dual-core processor
Chipset: AMD M880G
Bios: American Megatrends
HDD: WDC-WD3200BPVT 75ZEST0
service tag (s / n): BODP3N1
Make sure HD shows up in BIOS Setup. Test it now by booting into Dell Diagnostics by tapping F12 key at boot.
Where did you get the Win7 installer? Did you burn the DVD yourself? Is this a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7? Everything you need is in the blue link.
If it fails, wipe the HD after backing up all data and making your Recovery Disks if you want them.
Posting this one for my loving boyfriend.
Last night he installed the windows updates that he had queued and went to bed. This morning it was ready to be rebooted so he rebooted the PC and got a message along the lines of "The following services are preventing windows from shutting down: Windows Update" A few minutes later it went to the shutdown screen proper and rebooted fine.
When it came back up things were fine at first, but after a few minutes he couldn't access files. He rebooted again and after that the machine can't find the hard drive. It's not listed in BIOS. He said that the drive clicks three times and then he can hear it whir. PXE can't find the drive either.
I asked him what updates were installed and he doesn't know off hand, just that it was around 2 dozen that came in as 90 mbs. He is running Windows 7 64-bit. I don't know the rest of the specs on the computer and we kind of can't boot it up to find out.
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I'm having problems with my laptop trying to install windows 7 ultimate.
It all starts fine but gets to the point as where do you want to install windows and there is nothing there to select, no hard drive to save it to.
Here is a link as to where I asked on another site if you need a few details and see what I've done already to try and fix it.
Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD, and how? How do you plan to activate it?
If you still have an OS onboard the make your Recovery disks first.
Boot the installer to wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command.
Then follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Just added a new hard drive (Maxtor 6Y120P0 - 120GB). I can see it in Device Manager (this device is working properly) also in my CMOS set up (auto detect) but cannot see it in Windows Explorer and also when I'm in the DOS prompt.
I delete it in Device Manager and did a re-scan of my computer for newly added hardware and windows XP recognized and installed the new hard drive and even flashed a message that the new hardware is installed and is ready for use. But still it's not being displayed as a local disk in windows explorer. I have 1 local hard disk (main) and 1 CD drive and 1 DVD drive and I'm trying to add this new hard disk as my slave.
I use Windows XP service pack 2
hoping for your prompt reply and thanks in advance.
You need to format a hard disk before it can be used!
Just right click my computer/Manage/Storage/disk management. Highlight the new disk and click format.
A hard disk fresh from factory can be used for other systems like Linux, Mac etc. Can we expect the disk manufacturer to know it is for Windows files in you case? Even if he hits the bull eye and format it for NTFS files you may tell him off and say you prefer FAT32.
I would like to install Windows 8 on an external hard drive and run Windows from said ext hard drive in order to run a full diagnostic on my internal hard drive (which I think might be having problems, but that is not what I want to discuss in this topic). How would I go about this process?
A friend of mine was talking about master/slave drives, but I don't know how that works. Can someone please enlighten me?
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I installed Windows 7 a few days ago by running the setup in XP and everything went well enough but I am a little crazy and I want a truly clean install.
I had formatted a partition with NTFS through My Computer and had the files on there and when I booted to it, it started the windows 7 recovery program.
I then used the computer management > disk management. I cleared the whole hard drive. Set up a 10gig partition, formated it in FAT32, set it as active, then put the files on there. Now when I try and boot to it, it just flashes a "_". It hangs there and has to be restarted.
I can't think what the problem is. Any one try this and have similar results.
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Anyone out there maybe help??? i need to install a second new hard drive on my pc which has windows xp O/S, the installation aint causing a problem, but when its all connected....wot do i do next? I know i might sound thick, but im only just learning...
any help would be gratefully appreciated. Preferably direct me to a good website, or step by step instructions...
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I need help on installing windows xp on a new SATA hard drive I bought. I want to use that as my main hard drive, and I'm not sure how to do so. My computer recognizes my new hard drive and I can use it, but I want it to be my main drive. I tried to install Windows XP and in the setup dialog, it doesn't list my new hard drive to install windows there. Is there anyone who can help me? Thank you.
Well if you want.. take out the hard drive with windows on it and just put the other Hard drive in and do a regular install(** hit f12 , boot from cd** since you wouldnt have a OS on it yet.. then install it, put ur other hard drive it.. specfiy new hd to boot from evertime and it should work.
More specificaly i have an iso image on one of my two drives. I want to wipe the primary one and do a fresh install, but is there a way to mount the file during boot or something similar to acomplish this task? Google's only turning up bits and pieces but nothing substantial and most of it is linux related.
EDIT: (Current os is XP and image in question is XP too)
Hello, first time posting here and apparently I am in a rut that I cannot solve. Trying to fix a friends laptop (HP Pavilion zv6000), got him a new hard drive because of his old hard drive being corrupt. Everything is running fine and all the required disks are in order, until I start running windows xp. The cd boots and the "Setup is loading files(*****)" shindig goes through but then stalls at "Setup is starting windows". I've tried his hp laptop specific disk and a disk of my own and they both stall at the same point. Waited a good 6 hours just in case and still the same results (both are xp sp2).
Well my old hard drive with 750 GB burned down. So i took out a other hard drive with 80 GB. I am currently running on Windows XP. And i was thinking to re-install Windows 7. Is it ok to install it on 80 GB? Or will it have performance issues?
Check systems specs for more information.
NOTE: Hard Drive is not SATA or PATA. Its IDE
yap that's ok..for the hard disc 80Gb, more important for install windows 7 i think is memory but your memory is 2Gb. that's should ok.
and you can check this Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows
Hi just have a few questions about installing windows 7 on a brand new hard drive. Well i actually have a few questions so i will give you a little background first.
1. My hard drive failed on me a couple weeks ago and i was ever so intelligent enough NOT to make back-up cd's
2. I am in the process of ordering a new hard drive and need to install windows 7 on it.
3. the system had Vista home Premium 64
Ok so my questions... What version of Win7 should i order? I want home premium again but i dont think i qualify for an upgrade version because my previous version of Vista is completely inaccessible. So do i order the Builders pack/kit because i am installing a new hard drive? Also any helpful tutorials that may help my situation would be great i checked out the tutorials section and well quite frankly i was lost almost as soon as i started looking >.<
Normally I would not suggest this, but since your laptop has an OEM license and the OEM is tied to the motherboard of the laptop, There is a way to modify an upgrade disk to run a full install.
Look into this.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
I have Windows XP Pro installed on my SONY laptop. It is in English.
I want to install another Windows XP in a different language, on a separate partition.
Can I do this, or does MS Windows demand to be installed on the C: drive?
Hello marossity, welcome to Seven Forums!
You can install a second XP to the same Hard Disk Drive (HDD) on a separate partition and XP will even configure a dual boot menu but I have not as yet been able to get the second XP to install ac C: so that may cause issues with some installed programs/apps that are hard-coded to look for C: during their installation process.
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I have a single computer at my business that is still working but it has a corrupt windows component store and I have tried different Microsoft FixIt?s, Sfc /scannow and I even tried doing a repair install of Windows 7 but it failed multiple times.
I know I could just do a clean install BUT I only have 1 computer at my business and the software program and sql database that is required for the software is the only thing that keeps the business running.
Is it possible for me to buy a new hard drive and put it in a hard drive enclosure and install Windows 7 and the software program that I use for my business and then just swap the hard drives so I don?t experience any downtime?
I also have the exact same model computer at home with the business software installed already so is there a way I could make an image of that computer and then install that image on the business computer and then enter my Windows activation code that I have for my business computer?
I greatly appreciate any help I can get.
As far as I and most people here know, you can not install windows to an external hard drive.
Doesn`t the business ever close ?
Do the install when it`s closed, like right now for instance.
I just signed up and this is my first post.
I have Windows 7 Professional on my computer, but long ago it became unbootable and I'm tired of trying to diagnose and fix that issue. I just don't seem to have the time or the expertise. So I've been booting with various Linux distros instead. They serve me pretty well, and the hardware seems to be in good shape.
But I want to get Windows back as well. Recently I've been considering installing it on a second hard drive. (I'd rather not install it on the original drive for several reasons: in case there's something wrong with the drive... because I also have a lot of personal files on the original drive which I'd rather not have to move for a Windows re-install... and because I'd like to have a second drive anyway, for backups.)
So can I install a new hard drive and use my Windows 7 installation/repair disk to install Windows on that new drive, making it the boot drive while the borked Windows is still in place on the older drive? Is there anything wrong with that scenario? For example, would having a second installation of Windows on the same computer cause me any activation issues with Microsoft?
Now assuming that's feasible, what if the original drive is a RAID array consisting of two drives? Does that change anything? The drive containing the non-booting Windows and all my personal files is actually a pair of drives in a RAID striping configuration (meaning the dri... Read more
A couple of days ago my old hard drive started giving issues and eventually died. My brand new one arrived today. However, now I'm stuck with no HDD to boot my dekstop from and only a laptop to get Windows 8 onto my new HDD.
Can anyone tell me what would be the best way to go about doing this ?
Any advice is much appreciated!
To make sure I have clearly understood the situaton: you got a PC with new empty HDD and a fine-working laptop allowing you to download anything from the Net?Read other 10 answers
Just recently had the NTLDR problem and was unable to solve well actually I solved it but so many other files were damaged I couldn't fix it. I saw another option somewhere and hoping soemone can enlighten me. I purchased the following http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16832116059 A new version of xp pro since the guy that rebuilt my computer basically used a borrowed copy from somewhere. I saw somewhere that instead of installing on the c drive but I can install the new xp on my d drive and my computer should be o.k. Does anyone have any input on this?
Your help is greatly appreciated.
P.S. What happens if I was to borrow xp fromsomewhere input the cd key? Can this then be installed on another computer or does once I install the CD key that basically ties my computer to that software?
Hi to all, I've just installed an additional hard drive on my pc, I would like to know how ( if possible ) to install a copy of windows 98se on to this drive. The reason for this is that im trying to build a second pc from bits that I've collected from various upgrades and I would like to know that the hard drive was pre-loaded okay so as to eliminate any problems that may arise.
Thanks in advance Alan
You would have to switch the jumpers on the drives, making the one you want to install to master, boot to dos prompt and install.
But it really isn't the best idea as installing it on a machine that it's not intended for will load a bunch of drivers that won't work on the other machine.
Your better of just installing windows once you get the other machine ready.
Basically I'm looking to get some functionality into my PC again for reasons relating to my other thread, so the quickest way I feel to do this for the time being at least would be to install a 2nd Windows XP just on a different partition...
I'm looking for some advice on how to do this... and also if it is possible to maintain certain things like the files that appear on the Start Menu and the desktop etc etc...
Copy these folders from C:\Documents and Settings\%CurrentUser%\ ...
Application Data - will save settings for apps you have installed
Cookies - Save your logins and other cookie junk
Desktop - Save whatever is on your desktop (you will have to re-link any shortcuts to installed programs, however)
Favorites - Saves your IE favories
My Documents - Anything from the My Documents folder
i'm completing a new build later today, i haven't put a optical drive into the system, and i'm trying to find out how to install windows xp by copying the files to a usb hard drive. is this possible ? i have searched on google but all the techniques seem quite complicated.
i have a usb hard drive (80gb) to which i have copied the files from the xp cd to - could some kind soul please explain where to go from this point?
thanks in advance
I'm not the most experienced at this, but I would think that you are not going to get the machine to see the USB drive with the XP files copied to it as a bootable drive. The data will be there, but the drive is not bootable.
So first I would think you would need to image the USB drive with the XP Installation disk, using maybe XX Clone or simiilar.
Then you'd need to adjust the BIOS settings to boot first from USB.
Seems like a lot of trouble, given how simple it would be to (even temporarily) install an optical drive and run the installation.
my problem is quite a difficult to solve i think..
i have windows vista home basic 32x installed in my lenovo ys10 775843Q
and now i want to install windows seven RC
but the problem is that my dvd drive is not working and i have a pen-drive of only 2 gb
so...is there any way to make our one of the hard disk partition bootable so that i can install windows seven through it ?
please help me out urgently as i am being curious to use windows seven
Hello Bankerrrahul, and welcome to Vista Forums.
You can use a program like PowerISO to open the Windows 7 ISO file and extract all of the files in a folder on your Vista desktop. When done, you can run the Windows 7 setup to install it on a selected drive or partition.
Hope this helps,
It used to be that you could not have a slave hard drive with a winows installation on it, i.e. 2 hard drives with windows files on both. Is there any way to get the windows files completely off my present hard drive, change the jumpers to make it a slave and then install a new version of windows on a new hard drive. I could then use the old hard drive (now the slave) as a source to transfer all my old data files, etc., to my new hard drive after reinstalling all my programs on the new drive??? Just re-reading all this, now I'm confused . Hope you can understand what I'm trying to accoomplish. Thx
There's nothing stopping you from switching your current drive to a slave, installing a new master, then installing Windows to that master. I've done that plenty of times. If you really want to be safe, leave the old drive unplugged until Windows is installed on the new drive, then plug the old drive in as slave.
So Im installing this new hard drive but need to put win 98SE back on it. I can not find my oem numbers and all of that. anyone have any generic oem's? do i need one for office 2000 as well? i can not find either one.
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Please i need your help!
I am looking to install a second hard drive on my comp (SATA), mainly because i am upgrading my motherboard and cpu... and from what i have heard my existing hard drive will not boot up with the upgrade!
I am pretty new 2 all of this...
How do i go about this?
as of course i do not want too loose anything on my existing drive
Do I boot up and install win xp on the new drive?
Will I still have access to my other drive in windows?
How do i go about this?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
thnx in advance
Why would the exisiting disk drive not work?
Anyway, you can always have 2 (or more) hard disk on the same computer. You need to connect 1st as primary and 2nd as secondary.
I can not get passed the start display were the four stars make the flag. I need so help please.. Thank you
Welcome Thuwar to TSF.
Perhaps a bit more information might help.
Are you trying to boot from a Windows 7 installation disc, and it freezes just as it is showing the windows logo?
Is this the only hard drive in your system? (Does it have an Operating System already on it, or is it a new system all together)?
Also, if you are installing with a disc, where did you get the disc? Is it a retail edition of Windows 7 or?
I have HP Pavillion Desk Top that I baught in 2010. The "hard drive" was failing (imminently) so I installed a New Hard drive - 1 TB - the same as before, bought the right one to replace the old one. Everything seemed to have gone well. And then ...
I inserted my factory recovery disk that I made just before I pulled the old hard drive out, and everything worked right, it installed both disks and was installing windows, but ...
After the disks finished installing and the computer went through 2 more screens with progress bars for installing the computer would reset and try to start windows to finish the set up, when windows was starting it would say windows is installing files, and before it was done,
a screen pop up and said that the setup process can not continue because windows can not load on this computer hardware.
So I tried again and some how when the box pops up with all the choices, I was able to do the PC DOCTOR, thinking maybe the computer is NOT taking the New Hard drive, but the Doctor said everything was ALL RIGHT. Computer PASS all the tests!
And when I reset the computer again, another message pups up but now it says:_
___Windows can not complete the installation process, please restart the installation.
And I did 4 or 5 times with the same response!!!
Maybe my recovery disk wasn't done right? Maybe I have to buy a new "recover disk" from the factory? or buy another Windows 7 ? It Sucks
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Most Hp computers will not accept the new hard drives. If it is not the same make and model of the old one. The hard drive is code into the recovery disks you made your self. This is due to the recovery disks you made are only a image of the original restore partition on your old hard drive. You may need to call hp support and see if their recovery disk will work. I just ran in to this problem . On a old hp I had. Lucky though it came from the factory with two hard drives. So I used the 2nd Hard drive to get it up and running. Then took the new one back where I bought it. GoodLuck!
I want to install a second copy of windows 7 on an internal HDD.
I have inserted the windows disk, pressed F11 an selected `boot from dvd.
when i get to the screen where it asks which drive I want to install to, only my C drive with my existing windows is showing??
The hard drive is visible in windows, formatted & marked as active, but as I say windows install wont recognize it. I have tried the other SATA ports (except the one running my main version of windows).
please help!!! & thanks in advance.
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Hello all, I have a Dell Studio 1558 which recently had a hard rive error code 2000 I think. I had to replace it today. Replacement went smoothly I think, but now that Im trying to install the operating systems I ran into a roadblock and need some help.
Some background info: I brought the laptop directly from Dell.com, used the Drivers and Utilities CD which apparently it says it also has the OS for my laptop. Will I need to buy a Windows 7 premium or something or am I just doing something wrong?Any help will be greatly appreciated!
The Drivers ad Utility disc usually does not contain the operating system. What is usually on that disc is what it says, the required drivers for the laptop and utilities normally installed on the computer from the factory. Is the computer booting to the Drivers disc? what message do you get when you try to boot to the CD? BTW Windows 7 would not be on a CD, but rather a DVD disc.
My computer contains two hard drive, 3TB and 8TB and the motherboard is P67A-UD3-B3. When I tried to install Windows 7 on each of them separately, it was automatically converted to MBR and their sizes were limited to 2TB. Can it be fixed, meaning installing Windows 7 on each of them without loosing size, or should I consider buying a 2TB hard drive in order to avoid loosing size?
Why would you want Windows on 2 different disks? What are you trying to do, ideally?
Which of those 2 disks would you PREFER to put Windows on?
Booting from a drive greater than 2.2 TB requires GPT partitioning and UEFI, not BIOS. A system with BIOS cannot boot a GPT disk.
Does your motherboard provide BIOS or UEFI? That's an older P67 chipset so may be BIOS only.
Can you initialize the 8 TB disk as GPT and use it purely as a data disk, with no operating system? Maybe not on a drive that large with a motherboard that old.
Some motherboard manufacturers supply a downloadable bit of software that can work around the issue.
How much space do you need for C? I'd be tempted to buy a smallish SSD of maybe 128 GB and put Windows on it, using MBR.
Gentlemen, thanks for your help.
Long story short:
1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer
Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.
Would you guys have any advice?
Thanks a lot and happy new year!
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I've been attempting to install windows on an advent 9515 with a new hard drive however all of the usb boot disks I create return "Operating system not found" I've tested them at boot in other computers and they work fine there. I have tried with windows 7 and 8, I have succeeded with installing ubuntu onto the machine (so the machine at least works).
I have tried other hard drives with windows already installed on them with the same effect, I would have expected it to at least try and load then error out after that. What is going on here?
I've heard a lot of good things about Windows 7 and have decided that I want to give it a try. I don't have an extra computer with a hard drive in it laying around to install it on, but I do have a 320 GB external hard drive. The download from Microsoft's website is a .ISO file. I'm wondering how do I install it to my external hard drive so that when I change the boot order to boot from the USB hard drive the installation screen will appear. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I've never installed an OS before so I'm not sure what to do. Thanks.
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When my old computer crashed i bought myself a "NexStar External 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure USB Interface" to store my old 10GB hard drive and now I am wondering if it would be possible to load Window 98 onto this external hard drive to run some old programs of mine. Is this possible? If so could someone give me nice detailed instructions?
I suppose it could work in theory..
Your BIOS has to support booting from USB.
You would have to put DOS on that drive first (with CD-ROM and high memory support) and boot from it to have the USB drive appear as the first hard drive. (I have done this part myself before)
From inside DOS you would run the Win98 setup (and pray that it works).
- Win98 has USB support, so it may want to reset the USB bus at one point. This will make the hard drive "disappear". Win2k and XP happily BSOD when this happens. No idea how 9x would behave