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Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Q: Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Hi I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC I have hard drives c gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows seeing Hard - Problems, drive new not Bootup Drive hard Help Windows required Options XP existing Windows install d gb Maxtor IDE drive Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options - non bootable data drive g gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options this major problem that follows If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all Windows will see all the different drives as it should do I can access them all and they all work fine When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C D remains as D but the gb Maxtor SATA drive isn t Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options seen at all and might as well not exist Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can t see the drive Maxtor software MaxBlast is also no help as it can t see the drive on this install either I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all drives and all drives are listed on boot up It s just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem I guess it s a simple setting somewhere but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received Thanks in advance and kind regards Stuart nbsp

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A: Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.
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Are you saying that you are unable to access Local Disk F?
What is the size and model of your ext. HDD?
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A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

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Did you buy this computer brand new or used?If brand new its got a warranty and id take it back to where you bought it.If used a lot of places give a 90 day warranty and again id take it back and see what the problem is.The dell inspiron 15 r already comes with windows 7 in it so im lost as to why you need to install windows 7 at all unless theres some kind of a problem.What was it doing that you had to do an install or reinstall on it?
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A:Hard Drive options not showing up for clean Windows 7 install

You can not use an OEM Windows 7 DVD meant for one machine on another.

Also you mentioned "Recovery etc." did you delete the Recovery partition which is used to reinstall Windows to factory defaults?

Is your Windows 7 DVD an OEM or retail DVD?
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A:Serious issue on bootup (hard drive related... I think)

Did you finish the updating process, and the 15-20 boot time is for regular start of Windows, or are you still stuck in the update cycle?

I haven't played around with XP in a long time, but on my Vista PC when I was doing a clean install, a few of the updates would not get installed via the Windows Update process, and the computer got stuck on a long load/reboot loop similar to what you are describing. Eventually I isolated which updates were causing the problem, and then manually installed them via the MS website and the problem was fixed.
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A:Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems

Hi sdh31873

Do not put both hard drives on the same string as the controller will default to the lowest speed hard drive. In fact I would think about getting rid of the old drive entirely as its age means that it should be very slow.

Have you tried turning the led HD connector to the motherboard over?

You can get an Promise PCI controller card that will allow you to add some extra IDE ports. The controller will show the devices on it to be D0, D1, D2 etc. It looks like a SCSI device to the system but hooks up IDE devices.

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A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
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I prefer the 2 drives option. With your data on the 2nd drive. So that if one goes down, u have at least some of your stuff!

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Download a Linux ISO (Ubuntu, Mint, Knoppix are all OK) and
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Rebster40 said:

Recently I was on my computer playing a game, my computer froze completely so I restarted. When I tried to reboot Windows XP it just sat at the loading screen. I stuck in my XP CD and booted up from it, tried to repair my Windows, but then it tells me that "it cannot detect any hard disk drive." I then go and download the SATA drivers, put them on a floppy and try installing them using the F6 in windows setup, but after I did this it still says "unable to detect hard disk drive." Any help with this is appreciated.Click to expand...

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Have you set the BIOS to boot from the DVD drive first---or, alternatively, do you have a menu available maybe by F8 during boot that will allow you to choose the DVD as the first boot device for this boot only?

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install windows:

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Hello frencok and welcome to Seven Forums.

When a message such as "the disk may fail soon" is received, it means the entire disk (hard drive) is in danger of failing. So it wouldn't matter what partition you use. You could go to the disk manufacturer's website and you should be able to find a diagnostic tool that can check the disk's condition. If you don't know the manufacturer you could visit the Seagate website and use their SeaTools for Windows diagnostic utility. If your hard drive (Disk 0) fails the test, I'd suggest buying a new disk.

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Hi -

Windows 7 must be installed from burned DVD or USB stick -

You can purchase DVDs for < $1 each at many local stores.

Use ImgBurn to burn ISO to DVD -->

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After installing the new Operating System did you install all the motherboard drivers like Chip-set etc.?

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