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Thread: No drives were found - install windows 7

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    No drives were found - install windows 7

    I have a problem i can't fix.
    My system crashed and i get the blue dead screen.
    Now i want to install windows 7 (legal) from DVD. When i get to the 'where do you want to install windows?' it gives me the following message: No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation.

    I tried to go to my bios and change some things i read from other treads, but it didn't work out for me.

    This is my laptop: MSI GX700 Intel Core 2 Duo T7500-processor @ 2,2 GHz

    This is what my BIOS tells me:

    Market name: GX700
    Model Name: MS-1719x
    Primary IDE Master [hard disk]
    Secondary IDE Master [ATAPI CDROM]
    System Information

    intel(r) speedstep(tm) tech [enabled]
    PCI Latency TImer [64]
    Legacy USB Suport [enabled]
    AHCI Mode [enabled]

    boot settins configuration
    Quick boot
    full screen logo display
    bootup num lock
    wat for f1 if error
    hit del message dispaley

    boot device priority
    1st boot [CD/DVD:sm-slimtype]
    2nd boot [SATAM-TOSHIBA MK]

    I'm not that good with computers so it would be very helpfull if someone can lead me through this problem.

    Many Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Re: No drives were found - install windows 7

    Well, i am not so pro in these things but there is one way that i utilize in such condition. Do you have a XP installation CD ? If yes, start setup with XP CD, format the hard drive, make partition like C, D, E, etc.. Once done, cancel the installation and remove the XP Cd. Now put Windows 7 DVD and start the new setup. You will find the partitions. This is how do, hope it may help you.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    Re: No drives were found - install windows 7

    Thanks for the reply. I tried to install a legal xp proffesional version. It gives me a blue problem screen, so this won't work for me...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: No drives were found - install windows 7

    I would first of all tell you to remove all unnecessary hardware devices from the box; then download and run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to test whether your computer is compatible with Windows 7 OS, which might provide you the general troubleshooting steps of some known incompatibility issues.

    • Upgrade BIOS to the latest version and then reset it to the default manufacturer settings.
    • Change the hard disk type in BIOS.
      • In BIOS there should be an option which says SATA Controller mode (or something similar) try changing the options to AHCI (Advanced Host controller Interface) or IDE mode.
    • Unplug and re-plug the HDD on the motherboard.
    • If the setup wizard still does not recognize the hard drive, you need to download the right driver from the official website and load it while installing the system.

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