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Bought a new drive, and I can't install Windows 7 could not configure


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#1 MethodOfControl

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 10:48 PM

Hello all, here is my issue,

 

 

My HD died on my Dell XPS, and I bought a new one, and now i'm getting the message "

Windows setup could not configure windows on this computers hardware"

 

I updated my bios, deleted and formatted the new drive, same problem... can someone PLEASE help?!?

 

Thank you so much here are my specs:

 

 

 
Summary
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz 81 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0NW73C (CPU 1) 28 °C
Graphics
DELL S2340L (1920x1080@60Hz)
HP 2009 (1600x900@60Hz)
2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (Dell) 53 °C
Storage
186GB Seagate ST3200826AS (SATA) 42 °C
14GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD CH20N
DiscSoft Virtual SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Desktop

 

This is what I bought:

 

Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

 

Where did I mess up? Did i need to get a RAID drive? The 4TB drive is showing up as less than 2TB

 

Thank you so much for you help in advance on this I've searched all over the web and am dead in the water here....

 

 Thank you fellow bleeping community!  :bananas:

 

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 11:09 PM

Where are you Installing Windows to ?

 

I see you also have 

Storage 186GB Seagate ST3200826AS (SATA) 42 °C

 

If your Installing on the  4TB it will only see it as 2TB if its not Formatted as GPT.

More info will help on what drive you want windows on.

EG: Small Drive Windows - Large Drive Storage.



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:30 AM

Havachat, thanks for the reply. I'm trying to install windows to the new drive I just bought, the only reason that one is in there is b/c I can't install windows onto the new 4TB seagate. I will be upgrading to windows 10, would the GPT format still apply? Thanks!



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:35 AM

And would that cause the windows can not be installed on this computer error?



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:30 AM

https://MethodOfControl.tinytake.com/sf/NzEwMDkwXzMzMzE2ODE

 

I followed all of the instructions provided, it's still being recognized as a 2TB disk, even though how its in GPT, even after a second format and reset of the computer. I got an extra sata power cord so now I have both drives connected at the same time. Can anyone help???? Thank you so much!!!!

 

It shows up in explorer and in Partition Wizard, but not in the spec generated below by Piriform:

 

Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz    38 °C
    Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0NW73C (CPU 1)    28 °C
Graphics
    DELL S2340L (1920x1080@60Hz)
    HP 2009 (1600x900@60Hz)
    2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (Dell)    61 °C
Storage
    186GB Seagate ST3200826AS (SATA)    46 °C
    1678GB Seagate ST4000DM000-1F2168 (SATA)    36 °C
    14GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB Device (USB)

 

Thanks in advance!!!

 

Colin


Edited by MethodOfControl, 04 June 2016 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:46 AM

Are you sure you initialized the drive as GPT? 

 

Boot your Windows install disk. At the first screen that asks for Language press Shift + F10 to bring up a command prompt window. Type the following commands

 

diskpart

At the diskpart command prompt type

list disk

 

You should see an asterisk under GPT for your 4tb disk.

 

There are Legacy issues if you are using a GPT disk with a traditional BIOS and not a computer with UEFI.

 

http://www.rodsbooks.com/gdisk/bios.html


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 June 2016 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:53 AM

Are you sure you initialized the drive as GPT? 

 

Boot your Windows install disk. At the first screen that asks for Language press Shift + F10 to bring up a command prompt window. Type the following commands

 

diskpart

At the diskpart command prompt type

list disk

 

You should see an asterisk under GPT for your 4tb disk.

 

There are Legacy issues if you are using a GPT disk with a traditional BIOS and not a computer with UEFI.

 

http://www.rodsbooks.com/gdisk/bios.html

Thank you, I will try this now!



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:47 PM

Just in case here is more info, 2nd post at the bottom goes into GPT/UEFI etc a bit more http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:48 PM

I don't think you'll be able to boot from any drive larger than 2 terabytes.  The BIOS doesn't know how to handle larger drives natively.

You can; however, use that 4TB as a second drive to hold data; but, you ought to add it AFTER Windows is installed and working.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 01:49 PM

I don't think you'll be able to boot from any drive larger than 2 terabytes.  The BIOS doesn't know how to handle larger drives natively.

You can; however, use that 4TB as a second drive to hold data; but, you ought to add it AFTER Windows is installed and working.

 

You mean after I install windows 10 it will recognize it as a 4TB Drive? B/C windows 7  is working fine with it right now and the 4TB drive is visible just only as a 4GB drive.



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:11 PM

Are you saying Windows 7 is installed on the 4TB drive and it shows as having a capacity of only 4GB? Was the drive listed as GPT using diskpart?



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:14 PM

Did I buy the wrong HD?

 

Seagate 4tb Nas Hdd Sata 6gb/S Ncq 64mb Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive St4000vn000

I ordered:

Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:20 PM

Are you saying Windows 7 is installed on the 4TB drive and it shows as having a capacity of only 4GB? Was the drive listed as GPT using diskpart?

Windows 7 is installed on the 2TB drive. I formated the 4TB drive and partitioned it using and made it GPT via partition wizard. Do i need to do this in dos instead?



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:26 PM

If you initialized the drive as GPT using Partition Wizard and then formatted it Windows 7 64bit should recognize it as 4TB. But, I am a little confused. Are you saying you have Windows 7 installed on a 2TB drive and the 4TB drive is not detected as having a full 4TB? Did you initialize the drive as GPT in partition wizard after deleting any partitions that were currently on the disk?


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:29 PM

If you initialized the drive as GPT using Partition Wizard and then formatted it Windows 7 64bit should recognize it as 4TB. But, I am a little confused. Are you saying you have Windows 7 installed on a 2TB drive and the 4TB drive is not detected as having a full 4TB? Did you initialize the drive as GPT in partition wizard after deleting any partitions that were currently on the disk?

Correct about everything. Except, I didn't format and try to install windows on it as it was still showing 2TB. Should I try this?






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