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Windows 7 - Installing 3TB Drives

Q: Windows 7 - Installing 3TB Drives

I bought an Asus H87M-E. I can't install 3 X 3TB hard drive Raid 5 on this board. It is a new board, I can't find Bois update. I created the Raid5. the O/S displays the drives with different sizes 2048, 745, 1875GB. I have no idea what is happening! Tech support said it is windows problem, But I don't buy that. I broke the raid and try to install the O/S on a single drives, but the O/S recognize it as 745GB.

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A: Windows 7 - Installing 3TB Drives

Windows normally accept only 2 terabyte in re installing the windows you should make a partition for your new 3TB hdd.
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So when I got my P6TDeluxe and two 75gb SAS drives a year ago I was planning on installing Vista x64 onto the SAS drives and call all my data from my terabyte drive. Brilliant, I thought, until vista was unable to install on the drives (let alone detect them during installation).

My question for you is this:

Will Windows 7 recognize the SAS drives as raw partitions that can be used as an install point


Can I do this in Raid0? Raid1?

Thanks in advance,

A:Help Installing Windows 7 on SAS Drives

My question for you is this:

Will Windows 7 recognize the SAS drives as raw partitions that can be used as an install point


Can I do this in Raid0? Raid1?
Yes, Windows will recognise the partition provided that you install the boot to the C: drive in the particular partition and that the partition is given priority in the bios as boot priority "1"

Yes this can be performed on redundant drives.

You will need the vista raid driver.

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A:No drives were found when installing windows 7

Back up any files, unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

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Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

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I am a newbie at computers and I dont want to open up my pc. Any suggestions?
My specs:

Intel(r) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80 GHz 2.80 GHz
4gb ram
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Detected Chipset:
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Memory controller:
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I/O Controller:
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It's been fine when i was reinstalling windows few months ago, but it started to bsod (blue screen of death) a lot so I want to reinstall. And that happens. Please help.

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Unplug and plug again the sata power cable and the sata data cable . It may make it visible .

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A:Solved: Installing Windows XP Home; Windows refuses to recognise hard drives

I believe the SATA drivers you need are these ones:

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A:Can't save files to drives after installing windows 8 ?!

This is sods law to say the least but I've got it.
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A:Installing Windows 7 on Laptop with 2 Hard Drives

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A:Missing tutorial on installing windows on multiple drives?

Quote: Originally Posted by darkstarsinner

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A:Installing Windows 7 between 2 RAID controlled hard drives.

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A:Installing on 2nd Drives

I see no advantage to installing your software on the second drive. And I see several disadvantages.

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A:Installing Win 7 and XP on seperate drives

The cleanest method is to boot via the BIOS, setting preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then boot the other OS HD using one-time BIOS BOot Menu key given on first boot screen.

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A:Installing XP and not picking up the CD-ROM drives

information holds the answer to all questions.

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set the drive you want to boot first in the bios
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What type of drives, IDE or SATA?



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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Have you set the jumpers correctly on the rear of the drives properly?

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A:Installing old hard drives in laptops

:wave: Hello & Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

Unfortunately, what you ask is not as easy as it sounds... Desktops are built to be easily modified with different parts of the shelf, whereas the notebooks are also modular, they often have different specifications for how things are connected...

It is possible to do what you ask, but it will require dismantling much more than you'd have to with desktops and might very well break your warranty.

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Originally Posted by Deviatorz

I recently purchased a SSD since my HDD just painfully slow. However, I was wondering since I have the recovery CD for vista, can I install vista onto my new SSD and also use my vista on the old HDD? In other words, interchange hard drives? both will have the same OEM CD key and since that CD KEY is linked to the motherboard, shouldn't it be ok? This is different from duel booting since its the same key.

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1. Download sptdinst_x86.exe
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A:[SOLVED] BSOD after installing new drives

Hi Angela,

The attached DMP file is of the KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (1e) bug check.

This indicates that a kernel-mode program generated an exception which the error handler did not catch.


2: kd> .exr 0xfffff88003071838
ExceptionAddress: fffff88000e05180 (vidsflt+0x0000000000005180)
ExceptionCode: c0000005 (Access violation)
vidsflt.sys (Acronis Virtual Disk driver for the Virtual Disk Storage Filter) caused an access violation.


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Hi Zento and welcome to TSF !

XP needs the driver for the SATA controller, which is related to your motherboard not to your hard drive.

Download the chipset drivers from this page and extract them somewhere :

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[This message has been edited by ETS (edited 02-01-2001).]
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