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Windows 7 installation disc doesn't see SATA hard drive

Attempting to create a clone drive for backup purposes. I formatted the new drive connected through USB. Downloaded Windows ISO image and burned to disk. When connected to USB the new WD hard drive shows a healthy, active primary partition (698.64 GB NTFS). The problem is that when I put the blank drive into the laptop, and boot from Windows 7 disc, Windows does not see any hard drives, so the Windows 7 installation fails. The hard drive does not show any errors, it is just not recognized by the Windows 7 installation software. The WD drive is new, model # WD7500BPKX. I tried initially to clone the drive with Shadow Copy Cloner. The files were transferred, but it was not bootable. Then I tried to load Windows 7 and was able to do it successfully once, however it would not connect to the internet. So it was not much use in that state, and I started over.

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If your motherboard's BIOS is properly configured for SATA controllers and you burned the Windows 7 RC1 ISO image correctly, Windows 7 should recognise and install on a SATA drive without any third-party drivers. Consult your motherboard's User's Guide for assistance in setting up the BIOS properly.

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    Jack Quinnett Feb 07, 2014

    My original Samsung hard drive is SATA and still working fine. I am wanting a cloned drive so that when (not if) the original drive fails, I can swap and go. I'm having no problems with the computer currently. The difference between the original hard drive, and the one I have for a clone is that the new hard drive is WD 750GB and the original Samsung hard drive is 640GB. When my computer is running with the original hard drive, I can connect to the WD through a CablesToGo USB 2.0 to IDE or SATA Drive Adapter. But if I boot from the Windows 7 disk, and go through the steps to install Windows, when I get to the point where I select the drive to use, the original partions have drive letters assigned, but the externally connected drive (WD) is no longer on the list. Attempting to load the drivers from the existing windows directory did not help as the Windows 7 installation software did not see the driver it was looking for.

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Its true. the Bios or HDD driver wont allow you to install Win XP on it.. This BIOS is compatible with only Win Vista. The only easy way to do it is by creating 2 partitions while installing vista. once vista is installed- install XP with Dual boot and than format the vista partition.

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SOURCE: Upgrading hdd in hp ze4805us to 250GB WD -- Won't Boot

since your bios says theirs a limit to HDD capacity you may want to try making the 250GB disk into 2 smaller partitions. Then extract your OS image to the first partition.

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SOURCE: Windows boot manager page with status 0xc00000e9

If you don'yt have a Vista DVD,you can borrow any for startup vista repair. This is very common and HP/Compaq don't usually give operating systen vista dvd

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