Why can’t I select a disk to install Windows 7 to?

Ergun Serdaroglu October 31, 2012

I am trying to install Windows 7 on my Windows XP computer. I have no problems with booting and getting it to load the setup wizard, but when it comes to choosing a device (local disk) nothing appears. I have tried manual installation which also won’t work.

I would appreciate some help, where am I going wrong?

  1. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 5:04 am

    You have to look into BIOS settings... :/
    Is there any chance there could be some USB drive is plugged in? Try unplugging any external drives and then try to boot?

    November 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Hello, can you explain a little bit more about your system? More info would be needed, such as how many harddrives are installed, where are you trying to install, is there enough space available, are harddrive/harddrives partitioned, etc.

    If you are trying to install windows 7 on an old IDE harddrive, it can cause this issue.

  3. Jim Chambers
    November 3, 2012 at 3:15 am

    If you're installing a new drive for Windows 7, some old SATA I controllers can't detect a SATA II/III drive.You may have to install a SATA II/III controller card to plug drive into. Many suggest changing Bios HD settings from AHCI to IDE. If Windows XP is on a SATA drive this will make system non-functional.

  4. Erlis D.
    November 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Go to your BIOS setup and change from AHCI to IDE.. (As some others said.)
    If still don't work, probably you need to perform a formatting of your HDD, connecting it with another computer.. But I think the problem is with the change from AHCI to IDE. (I had the same problem with my cousin computer!)

  5. Benson Sanchez
    November 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    change Bios HD setting from AHCI to IDE

  6. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    windows 7 disc has not detected any disk drivers in your system! I had an issue, where I tried it on an old PIV pc and it said the dirvers for the disk is not there! no idea what is going on!

  7. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

    please specify your computer configuration.

  8. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Change the way your HDD is configured. This way, it can be recognized by the Win 7 boot manager.

  9. Charles Yost
    October 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    If this is the only problem that you have had, then you are lucky. It was a nightmare for me to upgrade from XP to Win 7 on my old laptop. I had to update so many device drivers and even some software. I bet once you get past this issue, you are going to have a lot more to deal with. Do you have an external hard-drive to back-up your files? I think that Win 7 will recommend it.

  10. Douglas Mutay
    October 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

    The way the OS is seeing the HDD in Vista and 7 is different from XP. You should go to your BIOS and change your HD setting from AHCI to IDE.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      This should fix your issue:)

  11. ha14
    October 31, 2012 at 8:26 am

    try to update drivers on windows xp.

    perhaps to use partition magic and rebuild the Partition table

    this is for vista perhaps solution can be applied for 7

    Dynamic disks appear as Foreign when they are added to the system. To use the volumes, you must import the Foreign disks and then bring the volumes Online.

    Change Jumper Settings, or if you have other hard drives and usb drives just disconnect them in order to install windows 7.

  12. ferdinan Sitohang
    October 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

    It is because win 7 is not detect any HD. You need to change the HD setting from BIOS. Go to BIOS and go through HD setup and change from AHCI to IDE. It will solve your problem

  13. Jim Chambers
    October 31, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Are you trying to install on seperate partition on a single HDD or on a second HDD and what type of drive (PATA or SATA)? What type of install - upgrade or new install? If second HDD, is it detected in BIOS or Windows XP?

  14. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Are you attempting to do an upgrade (running the installer from inside XP) or are you doing a clean install of the OS (booting from the DVD)? What type (IDE, SATA, etc) and size is your hard drive and is it configured as part of a RAID array (either software or hardware)? If it is connected to a RAID controller, you may need to force the installer to load controller specific drivers before it will find your disk(s).

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