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HDD not recognized by windows 7 HELP PLEASE

  • Windows 7
  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Windows 7
May 25, 2013 8:58:59 PM

Hello i have just recently did my first build using some older parts, and i have taken apart the plastic encasing of my 500GB 2.5 inch goflex drive to use for windows 7 until i get an ssd. When i started the system my bios recognizes my USB that i have the windows 7 installer on and my HDD. When i go through the windows 7 installation, it asks me what drive i want to install on which shows a blank list of drives to select. So i go to load drivers where i have no clue on what to do.

When i had no luck at this stage i tried installing windows 7 through my other computer, it has the same problem so i don't think it could be to do with the internal parts of the computer but the HDD its self. I have tried partitioning the drive so see if that was the problem, no luck. I have tried formatting my drive to see if it was the issue, still no luck. I have also tried using different sata ports which did not help. my USB connections are USB 2.0 which also isn't the issue. All of my components are up to date so i don't what is the problem.

I have wasted my Friday and is now midnight Saturday and have exhausted everything i could think of to get this hard drive to work but i cant. I would be immensely grateful to anyone who could help me. i have been hoping to get this working so i could start playing some games for Saturday but no chance. :/ 

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May 25, 2013 9:22:52 PM

you need a HDD in direct contact with the motherboard using a SATA USB cable not portable HDD, because it is commonly used to install the OS is IDE HDD / master / slave.
Portable HDD 2.5 "is not going to be read by the bios as HDD but as Flashdrive, can anyone install Win7 on a flashdrive?? .. just @ suggestion
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