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Hi,

I have an issue where Windows 7 will not boot with a new hard drive.

It's a slightly long story, but I'll give you all the detail I can.

I have 1 SSD in SATA 1
1 SATA HD in SATA 2
1 x Blu Ray RW in SATA 3
1 x DVD RW in SATA 4
eSATA in SATA 5
This new WD Black hard drive in SATA 6

Installed the new hard drive. Booted up. Initialised hard drive in Disk Management. Set a format off (MBR + NTFS). Then got the error message of Access Denied. Drive disappeared from Disk Management and couldn't get it back.

Restarted. Windows hung at "Starting Windows" screen.

Drive is visible in BIOS and is not set as boot drive.

Put the hard drive in a USB enclosure and it was recognised by Windows. Formatted the drive. Thought that all was good.

Reinstalled internally and still Windows will hang at the "Starting Windows" screen.

If I put it back in the enclosure, it works fine.

Have run extended Seatools and Western Digital Data Lifeguard tests whilst connected by USB. Passes all of them.

I have also tried it in all other SATA ports and with different cables.

Any thoughts?

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Disconnect all SATA HDD's for the moment. Install the drive internally, boot off of the Windows DVD. If installing Windows 7 or 8 press Shift+F10 at bootup to go directly to the Command Prompt.
In the command prompt, type following commands pressing Enter after each bold command:
i) diskpart
ii) list disk
it will show the list of your drives, with the information:
- status
- total space
- free space
status would probably be "invalid" and free space would be "0 bytes"
you have to select the drive next with

iii) select disk <disk number>
disk number = as listed in previous command, normally 0
iv) clean (this erases all data on the Disk, so be sure you choose the correct one)now for verification of disk status and free space type
v)list disk
the status should be "online" and free space should be "disk size"
vi)exit

4- now restart the machine and boot from the Windows Disc/USB again
proceed and at "select disk to install windows" you would be able to view the hard disk drives
Once Windows is installed, you can plug in the rest of your drives.
 

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Thanks for replying.

When should I be expecting to hit shift f10? I hit it quite a lot and it still got to starting windows logo and hangs there. Is it after that?
 

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What version of Windows are you trying to install? The Shift+F10 after the disc boots, only works with Windows 7 or 8. Or you can continue to boot from the disc and choose Repair Your Computer when that fails it will take you to the RE (recovery environment) where you can choose Command Prompt.
If you are trying to install XP, then boot off the Windows CD and get to the Recovery Console
 

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Windows 7. so I should hit shift f10 before the "Windows is loading files" bit?

Thanks for your help. This has been driving me mental
 

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With no discs at all in, it whips through to the windows installation bit so I can get to the command prompt, but obviously there's no disk to list in disk part. With the hard drive installed, it won't get past the startup windows screen.

Before that I get a uefi window where the directory is Shell
 

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I will try that. I finally got to system recovery options with the hard drive connected, but now it's stuck at "searching for windows installations". I really shouldn't have to do all this for a new hard drive.

Thanks again for your help
 

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Disabled uefi. It doesn't give me a message saying "pres any key to boot from CD". Just goes straight to "windows is loading files" and then "starting windows". Then hangs...

I was tapping shift f10 constantly.
 

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Boot into Setup (Bios) go to Boot Priority. Here using your arrow and Enter key, make CD/DVD drive First boot device. Save and Exit Put the Windows DVD in, as the computer boots, you should see the message Press Any Key to Boot From CD/DVD. Once the computer starts to boot from the Windows DVD at the Install Now screen press Shift+F10 to go to the Command Prompt or go to the Repair Your Computer
 

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That's what I've been doing. It has only once given me the message "press any key to boot from CD".

If I let it run to the Windows repair, it doesn't get there with the hard drive installed. it just hangs at " starting windows"
 

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If you have removed all other Drives that do not come into play, so there is only one CD/DVD drive and the HDD you are trying to install to, and it hangs with that HDD attached but not when it is removed, then that HDD is faulty and needs to be replaced.
 

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Update for the day.

Took it to where I bought it from. They ran full tests, managed to boot from it, install windows to it and install as a secondary drive.

Took it back home and started trying to isolate a device it wasn't compatible with. Unplugged everything and started plugging everything in one by one. It will boot to "reboot and select proper boot device" in all configurations EXCEPT my C drive which is an OCZ Agility 3.

Any thoughts on how I can solve this?

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