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Can't reinstall Vista "no hard drives found"


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#1 Cyrion

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:14 AM

I'm trying to reinstall Vista (was originally installed on the computer) and get stopped when it says that "no hard drives were found". I have successfully reinstalled it three times before. Why is this happening now and is there any way to fix this?? The registry just has too many errors and the computer is having multiple problems.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:16 PM

Go into your BIOS and see if the hard drive is listed in there
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 07:43 PM

Okay now this is bizarre.. on restart I couldn't get IN to the BIOS - with Vista DVD it would go into "press any key to boot from cd/dvd" and boot normally. Without DVD it would go into Windows Recovery screen. If I tried to shut it down instead of restart it would give me BSOD. I don't remember what I tried ( I think it was just CTRL ALT DEL at the Recovery screen) and it went into a CLEAN install mode rather than a REINSTALL mode - i.e. it "lost" my Vista OS. However, when installed (after finding my hard drive exactly where it should be) it had kept my files in the Windows.Old folder - despite it welcoming me to the "first install" of Vista. This of course solved the problem.

I was having all sorts of weird and strange problems before this, including bizarre files appearing in my Program Data and assorted other wackery, which is why I wanted to reinstall in the first place. AVG, Spybot and Ad Aware detected no malware, but obviously my registry was corrupted beyond help. I'd like to know exactly what it was that prompted Vista into a clean install in case it happens again, but at least I have my healthy pc back.

Wait a minute.. as I recall it is that clean install setup that I think I've seen in the past and it's that reinstall setup that looks unfamiliar.. the DVD wouldn't autoplay so I selected the setup.exe on it. Does this make any sense?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:40 PM

I wasn't there to see what you did but you somehow pushed the reight buttons to do a fresh install off of the recovery partition
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