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November 14, 2011 9:12:09 PM

I just built a computer and have been having a couple problems, fixed those, and had to make a new thread...
(Last thread was a pretty unrelated problem, though still maybe hardware based...)

Now there is a red light next to Boot Device, and the BIOS says there are no hard disks connected even though both of my hard drives are connected via SATA. These are my old existing ones from my last computer, is this a problem?
Also, it goes to the windows 7 starting/loading screen then stops after about 2 seconds, blue screens, then sends me to start up repair, which shows me this.

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature01: 6.1.7100.0
Problem Signature02: 6.1.7100.0
Problem Signature03: unknown
Problem Signature04: 828
Problem Signature05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature06: 1
Problem Signature07: BadDriver

Is there a problem with me using old hard drives in a computer with entirely new hardware? (All drives are connected via SATA and I have tried switching boot priority between them with the same results.)
Do i need to re-install windows 7?
Will I lose all my data in the end?

Help is highly appreciated,

Thank You.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 9:20:28 PM

Hello Tusakano;

It's usually not a problem.
What was on the old drives? How much free space is on the boot drive?
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 9:23:08 PM

tusakano said:
Now there is a red light next to Boot Device, and the BIOS says there are no hard disks connected even though both of my hard drives are connected via SATA. These are my old existing ones from my last computer, is this a problem?
Keep it simple starting out. Use just 1 hard drive installed. And you should be able to see the HDD in BIOS before beginning the OS install.
Im guessing you're using the SATA cable that came with the motherboard?
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November 14, 2011 9:27:47 PM

I used just the drive with the main install of windows 7 now, still says no hard disks, but yet it recognizes that there is a storage device there, and that windows 7 is somehow installed... I'm using the original SATA cable from the hard drive. There wasnt a whole lot on the old drives, mostly games, no extremely important documents that I do not have physical access to.
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November 14, 2011 9:38:06 PM

If necessary, i'm fine with reinstalling windows, I just want to get this computer running.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 9:44:46 PM

Ok, so you were installing Win7 on a Win7 drive?
That's why it flipped over into Repair mode.

And since your parts have changes there are probably driver issues.

Use the Custom (Advanced) install option for a clean install. You could also partition the hard drive from that option, shrink the primary partition, create another and install Windows into that new partition. That would leave your files intact even though the games won't run unless the original install of Windows gets repaired.

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November 14, 2011 9:48:47 PM

Oh no, im not yet installing windows, im just asking if it's the only way, im sorry!
Slight Misunderstanding!
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 9:54:14 PM

Usually, the repair mode will notice a mis-matched driver and fix the current installation.
Im not sure what is going on with your setup there.

Can you install Windows on the other hard drive you mentioned?
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November 14, 2011 9:56:55 PM

I'm not sure... I'm just going with a clean install, sorry about the confusion.
Now I have one more question, you know I have 2 hard drives, does windows need to be installed in both or can i put it on one, then pop the other one in and be done...
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November 14, 2011 10:26:47 PM

And how do I get to the install screen... Is that from the BIOS? I have the disc in but I don't know what to do...
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November 14, 2011 10:32:50 PM

It keeps saying my hard disk is in AHCI mode... Whatever that is...
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:33:16 PM

Use the F12 key for Advanced Boot options and choose the DVD drive to boot up with.
That should get the Install DVD up and running.

You only need 1 boot device, no need to install Windows on both HDDs.
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November 14, 2011 10:43:26 PM

Thank you... But is this AHCI thing a problem or is that normal, i've never seen that before..
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November 14, 2011 11:31:13 PM

So i was able to format, and deleted everything on the old drives... But it's now telling me that windows cannot be installed to disk. This is the error message it gives me:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.

What does this mean...?
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November 14, 2011 11:40:43 PM

Can anything be done...?
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November 15, 2011 12:12:11 AM

Best answer selected by Tusakano.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2011 2:04:32 AM

Reformat the hard drive. There should be an option at the end of the formatting to select NTFS or FAT32...pick NTFS.
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