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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    Quote Originally Posted by perfectblue View Post
    Windows is installed on a different HD right now. I was told to do a fresh install since the old hard drive was done in a quadcore/evga 780i and the new system is 3570k and asrock z77. Since the architecture is so different people were telling me to do a fresh install.

    With that being said, I will have to go with the USB install. Will the link with the .exe you provided work from USB?
    sorry i lost track of the previous replies

    Quote Originally Posted by perfectblue View Post
    You must use the f6flpy-x64_11.2.0.1006.zip driver file. Unzip it, and copy the files to a different blank USB drive, that you will insert during the Load Driver phase of the Windows installation. Keep that USB drive connected (and only use the USB 2.0 ports!) until the PC reboots, and then remove it.
    ^^^ do this

    it could be a bios compatibility issue in that its not seeing that make/model of hdd?
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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    Put latest sata controller drivers on fat32 usb thumb drive, same issue. How likely is this issue to be specifically related to my asrock mother board at this point?

    Because I am about to request a refund on it through newegg, drive to my local frys, and pick up a ASUS p8z77

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    does windows install to your external hdd? if so try that,once windows has installed plug in your internal seagate hdd alongside your external drive and clone the external to the seagate(if it shows up in windows)

    its a long winded way but worth a shot i guess?

    you can use macrium reflect(free) to clone your drive,it will be a perfect bootable copy of your windows installation,i cant think whatelse you can try,ive never known it be so hard to install windows
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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    First, if that Seagate HDD does not appear in the Windows choose drive for installation screen, installing that driver will not help. That Seagate drive is an older model, but I wouldn't think it's so old to be incompatible. I noticed it does have a firmware update from Seagate, but I really don't want to take you down that road... The reviews of that drive on Newegg are rather negative, some saying it cannot be seen in the BIOS or Windows. If your other PC can see it, it seems to be Ok.

    When you say that HDD cannot be seen in the BIOS, is that in the Advanced -> SATA Configuration screen? That is where it should be listed. If after checking the power and data cables to that HDD, if it still does not appear in that screen in the BIOS, something is wrong. Can you hear that HDD start up, does it seem to power up?

    With the default BIOS settings, and if that HDD is Ok, it should be seen. But, I think you said it was seen if you changed the SATA mode to IDE, is that correct? That would indicate a compatibility issue. Just trying to sort out your current situation, given all the posts in this thread.

    I have two of these boards, and they work fine for me, but I use SSDs for the OS, but I do have HDDs connected to it too. Perhaps the ASUS board will work better for you, impossible for me to know.

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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    Update: I purchased an asus p8z77 from frys as well, and I am still encountering the same issue. The hard drive shows up initially in BIOS, but then after the asus splash screen it reads no hard disk detected.

    I then boot from CD and there is no hard drive listed to install windows too. Once I restart the hard drive is no longer listed in bios either until I power on and off. This is in AHCI mode. In IDE mode it still doesnt detect the hdd in windows 7 install, like it did in the asrock z77.

    If the hard drives are not showing up to install windows 7 to in either my asrock z77 extreme 4 or the assus p8z77 it must not be a mother board issue. At this point looks like:

    1) hard drive
    2) my digital rivers ISO of windows 7
    Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    Update: I purchased an asus p8z77 from frys as well, and I am still encountering the same issue. The hard drive shows up initially in BIOS, but then after the asus splash screen it reads no hard disk detected.

    I then boot from CD and there is no hard drive listed to install windows too. Once I restart the hard drive is no longer listed in bios either until I power on and off. This is in AHCI mode. I

    If the hard drives are not showing up to install windows 7 to in either my asrock z77 extreme 4 or the assus p8z77 it must not be a mother board issue. At this point looks like:

    1) hard drive2) my digital rivers ISO of windows 7 Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

    Only hard drives available for me to test at frys at this time is a western digital caviar green wd5000csrtl 500gb sata 3, Thats all they have in stock believe it or not. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136334

    I guess I will be returning the asus p8z77 as well today. Invidual I spoke with at frys understood and said he would let me return it no hassle if that wasnt the solution. Since it didn't detect the drives as well at windows setup its probably safe to assume its definitely not a motherboard issue.

    Let me stress though, both the asus p8z77 and asrock extreme 4 BOTH detect the hard drive in IDE storage mode. But it goes astronomically slow, literally 30 minutes to get past the windows 7 splash screen. The drives don't show up in AHCI mode, but do in IDE.
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    it has to be the drive itself,it either needs the firmware updating for it or its faulty ect
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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    IMO, another different board will make no difference. I'm surprised that drive does not support AHCI mode, but apparently it doesn't. It's pretty clear at this point that a new HDD is what you need.

    AHCI mode, or rather capability, was designed to increase HDD performance, and it does. I've used AHCI mode for years, with HDDs and SSDs, never any problems.

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    Update, system is finally working. I purchased a new hard drive from Frys and windows 7 detected it. Can anyone explain why three of my other drives were not detected, yet this new one was? I followed steps to make sure my other drives were formatted correctly, yet they did not appear.

    Things that had no effect: Win 7 USB bootable install, motherboard, BIOS, cmos, sata control drivers, doing "proper" formatting on older hard drives

    (did not work) Windows 7 did not detect:

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    2. Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    3.Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    (worked) Windows 7 DID detect:
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000CSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

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    Default Re: New Z77 Extreme4: Restarts at "Starting windows"

    Maybe... Were all of the three drives that failed formatted on the Nvidia chipset board(s)?

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