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November 30, 2011 2:07:06 AM

Hello,

Just put together a new system, replaced everything but my hard drives. I've hit a bit of a snag - for whatever reason, during startup the system claims to see no hard drives (despite them showing up in the BIOS settings itself), then tries to boot Windows 7 off the drive anyway. It goes to the load screen, immediately blue screens (can't read the error code, flashes too fast) and restarts. The hard drive still works perfectly fine with my old rig. Any thoughts?

New relevant hardware:
Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

The CPU, RAM, and HD all seem to be registering accurately in the BIOS settings.

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November 30, 2011 2:15:01 AM

reinstall windows
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November 30, 2011 2:16:08 AM

slhpss said:
reinstall windows


Can I do this without reformatting the entire drive?
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November 30, 2011 2:17:57 AM

if you need to save those files I recommend hooking it up to an enclosure saving the files needed to another hdd then installing windows with formatting... other than that yes you can but you will end up with 2 windows folders one called windows and one called windows.old...
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November 30, 2011 4:12:06 AM

Have you tried to start in safe mode?

Also, you could press f8 during the start up (after the post) and select the option "disable automatic restart on system failure" (it's something like that) to give you time to get the bsod error... or if you can't find that option try to film the start up with your cellphone or a better camera and pause it on the bsod... it kinda sound like a stupid idea but it might work, just divide your display into 4 squares and focus on the lower left one...
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November 30, 2011 4:20:29 AM

Try disabling AHCI in the BIOS.
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November 30, 2011 12:41:22 PM

I eventually found my Windows disc and reinstalled, that did the trick.

Now I'm in the process of what I can copy over from my windows.old folder and what I can just delete. Am I correct in assuming I should/have to reinstall all of my programs again, and that copying them won't work?
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