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Dr.Quest

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hello everyone.

 

Trying to install windows 7 and get to the page "where do you want to install windows" and it's blank but at the bottom it says "No drives were found". So i tried diskpart and got "no drives to show". I can get zorin (linux) to Boot from the hard drive but no password. machine specs. Dell inspiron 1721 AMD turion 64 X2 service tag GRFRBD1 vista 32B

 

thank you for the help.

 


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Does the hard drive show up in the BIOS/CMOS Setup?

 

If so, next question would be do you have an empty partition to install Windows 7 onto on the drive? If not, the Windows 7 installation allows you to erase, re-create and format a partition for Windows 7. Note that doing so though erases whatever was previously on the partition.


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yes it does.

 

For the next question. I don't know because zorin was already installed when i received it.

 

When will it give me that option to erase. Because i haven't come across it yet. 

 

Thank you for replying


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Is the Windows 7 installation media legit if not you should create yourself a new installation media because the one you are using could be corrupted.


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It's  a OEM system Builder pack. Win Home Prem 7 sp1 64Bit. About a year ago i used this on my laptop with no problems. 


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Have you use List Disk Diskpart command if you did and Windows cannot detect a hard disk then there is a problem with hard disk or Windows 7 installation media.


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It may be that Windows doesn't recognize the Zorin partition? If that's the case, you may need to use Zorin (or Zorin compatible program) to shrink, (or delete), its partition to free it up for Windows 7.


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It may be that Windows doesn't recognize the Zorin partition? If that's the case, you may need to use Zorin (or Zorin compatible program) to shrink, (or delete), its partition to free it up for Windows 7.

Windows should detect the HDD even it does not recognize linux partition file system.


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You would think, yes. If the BIOS can see the hard drive, so should Windows.


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i used a ubuntu live usb and then installed it.So at least it's a usable machine again. Thanks for your input.


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