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HDD - Can store files but can't install OS?

by uridav / March 9, 2013 4:23 AM PST

I did a low level format of a drive just to try it out, (I realize it was just a 0 low level format), but now I want to install windows 7 on it.

I took the HDD to another computer, formatted it and created a volume, but whenever I try to install an OS it says it could not find a hard drive. This is strange to me because I can store files on the hard drive fine from my desktop, but the laptop doesn't recognize it.

This is the laptop: http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?partNumber=2900824
This is the hard drive:
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Fujitsu_MHT2080BH_80GB_Hard_Drive/MHT2080BH/p/440931

So what am I doing wrong? What do I need to do to get windows 7 on this hdd?

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That's proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 9, 2013 4:29 AM PST

If you want to install an OS you would not format or partition ahead of time unless you are expert at such.

Forget all that and start with a blank drive (unformatted) and the Windows installer can use that.
Bob

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Yep....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 9, 2013 9:37 AM PST

At this point, start anew by wiping the drive with something like Dban or Killdisk, and when ready, boot from the Win7 DVD.. It will provide the options for creating new partition/s, formatting it/them, and installing the new operating system.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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