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Windows 7 Does Not Recognize SSD or Hard Disk Drive During Install


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I recently had the issue when upgrading my Lenovo W520 where the Windows 7 installer was not able to recognize the SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 SSD drive i was trying to install.   It would boot normally into the Windows 7 installer but when asked which disk to select the SSD was not in the list and the installer asked for a disk driver.  I tried everything to get it to work; installing the latest Lenovo W520 Bios version 1.38; updating the SanDisk Extreme firmware to the latest R201 version; reformatting the SSD; trying different versions of Windows 7 install disk such as Windows 7 Ultimate, Professinal and Enterprise.  The way i finally fixed it was using diskpart, a program for manipulating disks within Windows, it is part of the windows 7 install.

To use the Diskpart.exe utility to clean the hard disk and ready it for install do the following:

  1. Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
  2. On the disk selection screen, press SHIFT+F10. A Command Prompt window opens.
  3. Type diskpart, and then press ENTER to open the diskpart tool.
  4. Type list disk, and then press ENTER. A list of available hard disks is displayed.
  5. Type sel disk number, and then press ENTER. number is the number of the hard disk that you want to clean. The hard disk is now selected.
  6. Type det disk, and then press ENTER. A list of partitions on the hard disk is displayed. Use this information to verify that the correct disk is selected.
  7. Make sure that the disk does not contain required data, type clean all, and then press ENTER to clean the disk. All the partitions and all the data on the disk is permanently removed.
  8. Type exit, and then press ENTER to close the diskpart tool.
  9. Close the Command Prompt window.
  10. Click the Refresh button to update the disk selection screen. This step lists the disk.
  11. Run Windows Setup to perform a clean installation of Windows.

How-To Fix: Content On Computer Extender Not Updating on XBOX 360


If you play movies or music from your computer through your Xbox 360 you have the computer setup as an XBOX extender.  Over time as you add new content to your computer the Xbox 360 may not update with the new content. To fix this you simply log into your computer in question and bring up Windows Media Player and select Oragnize > Apply Media Information Changes.

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Once you have done that your computer (Xbox 360 Extender) will begin to update the library.

Once the progress bar hits 100% your media will be updated and you should see all of it on your Xbox 360.

For more info on setting the Extender up, here are the instructions from the Xbox 360 web page.

Connect your console to Windows Media Center

Before you can play content from Windows Media Center on your Xbox 360 console, you need to connect your console to Windows Media Center.

Setting up Windows Media Center

To use Windows Media Center with Xbox 360, you must have a computer running Windows Media Center. Windows Media Center is included with the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Step 1: Get Setup Key from Xbox 360

  1. On your console, go to My Xbox and select Windows Media Center.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Write down the 8-digit Media Center Setup Key.

Step 2: Add an Extender on your computer

  1. Start Windows Media Center.
  2. Click Tasks, and then click Add Extender.
  3. When prompted, enter the 8-digit Setup Key from Xbox 360.
  4. Complete the Extender setup
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