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Win 7 does not see drive


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#1 Cheeez

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 05:14 PM

I'm trying to install Win 7 on my WD Caviar Blue hdd, but when I go to choose where to install the OS, there is no drive showing. I looked in my BIOS and the drive is recognized but not with the Win 7 disk. The disk is bootable cause I've installed with it before. Is there a driver I need to download so my hdd will be recognized? I've never had a problem before when I reinstalled. Any suggestions? Thanks

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 05:19 PM

There is always the possibility that the BIOS has reverted to the default settings. In order to boot from the CD-ROM you need to make sure that it is the first device in the boot order in the BIOS. If it is, then we will need to look further.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 05:25 PM

It is set up to boot from the CD/DVD drive. It will load up Win 7 files, then ask me what I want to do. I click install and the it gives me the choice to Upgrade or custom. I choose custom because there is no OS on the hdd. When the next screen comes up to choose where to put the OS, it says there are no drives installed. I hit scan and nothing and when I choose load driver, it wants a disk, floppy or flash drive with the driver.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 10:51 PM

You need to format and partition the hdd first. The disk should provide that option.

Is this the only hdd in this computer?

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:06 AM

I did format the drive in DOS mode, but after it was done, Win 7 still not see the disk. I did have 2 hdds hooked up but I unhooked the good one when this problem started. I tried once to install Win 7 on it and got the message: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition. See the setup log files for more info."

I was however able to put XP on that drive. I tried to put XP on the drive that Win 7 isn't seeing cause XP setup recognized it. I thought I could put on XP and then do the upgrade to Win 7, but everytime the PC restarts it goes back to XP set up and will not continue installing.




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