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Computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk

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September 23, 2012 4:36:09 AM

My hard drive is dying. I'm trying to replace it and do a fresh install of Vista but I get this message:
"Computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu."

The Vista setup can see the hard drive fine. I deleted a couple of partitions and formatted it within the Vista setup. There is only 1 HDD plugged in and only 1 partition. Its a Samsung 1TB drive. I have been using this drive as a backup in an external enclosure so I know it works, I was copying some stuff off it today (before I formatted it).

http://i47.tinypic.com/rs8vg3.jpg

I changed the boot order back and forth between CD and HDD, no difference.

http://i48.tinypic.com/25upo3l.jpg

The other threads seem to indicate I need to change these BIOS settings. I tried both and it made no difference.

http://i46.tinypic.com/28vdb41.jpg

Please help.
September 23, 2012 9:23:09 AM

mikemikeson said:
My hard drive is dying. I'm trying to replace it and do a fresh install of Vista but I get this message:
"Computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu."

The Vista setup can see the hard drive fine. I deleted a couple of partitions and formatted it within the Vista setup. There is only 1 HDD plugged in and only 1 partition. Its a Samsung 1TB drive. I have been using this drive as a backup in an external enclosure so I know it works, I was copying some stuff off it today (before I formatted it).

http://i47.tinypic.com/rs8vg3.jpg

I changed the boot order back and forth between CD and HDD, no difference.

http://i48.tinypic.com/25upo3l.jpg

The other threads seem to indicate I need to change these BIOS settings. I tried both and it made no difference.

http://i46.tinypic.com/28vdb41.jpg

Please help.

Give this a look. What is the SATA Mode set to - AHCI or IDE?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/35448-63-windows-inst...
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September 23, 2012 1:00:40 PM

the 3rd pic I posted shows my options for SATA mode; RAID or ATA. I tried both options and got the same result. I cant find anything about AHCI in my BIOS.
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