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Custom Install Of Win 7 Fails


I have a full (not upgrade) copy of windows 7. The boot disk on my windows xp computer is in a removable tray, so i just removed the xp drive and put a new empty drive in the tray without having to open the case.

I proceeded to installing 64-bit windows 7 on the empty drive, including a pre-install of the disk controller drivers which allowed setup to see the drive. Everything went fine until the process got to "completing installation" and the computer hung. No keyboard or mouse activity was accepted. Both are wired, not usb, if that matters.

I reset the computer and tried to boot into windows 7, but it complained that the setup had failed and to try it again. I tried restarting the install 3 times and each time the "old" windows was saved to a windows. Old file, with incremented extensions. Each "old" folder is around 36 gb. I found this information by attaching the drive via usb to another computer so i could investigate what was on it.

I can't understand what could be causing the failure. I have recently done extensive testing of hard drive and memory with no apparent errors. Are there any logs of the setup on that drive that might explain the cause of the failed install?


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