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Windows 7 Beta install does not see hard drive - installing in a VMWare environment

I have many WinXP machines running in a VMWare environment. I downloaded the x64 version of Windows 7 Beta, mounted the ISO, and rebooted a cloned WinXP VM. After booting from CD, I select to install a fresh copy (not upgrading) my OS. I want to reformat the OS since this is a test clone.

I have not tried to upgrade the existing OS from within WinXP beacuse I am running the x86 version of WinXP which will not upgrade to x64 Windows 7. The CPU's on my ESX hosts are all x64 so I figured a fresh install would work fine.

Is this a problem with VMWare or the Windows 7 installer? As I understand VMWare, the hardware acts locally as if the computer were a normal physical machine. If that is the case, there is no reason why the hard drive should not be visible.
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hi,

when you have installed windows XP it might have been set to use buslogic which is not available for 64-bit guests. For windows 7 to work add a LSI Logic or LSI Logic SAS controller to the VM and a new SCSI disk to the VM and then try install.

or create a new VM and and when it asks if you want to use a ISO point it to the windows 7 DVD/iso location and that will automatically identify the OS CD as windows 2008 or Vista x64 and will give you the recommended settings.

it will recommend using "LSI Logic SAS". you should not have any issues further.

bhanu

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Yeah, I am in the middle of the install using a fresh VM set to Vista x64. I'll update here when it's complete.
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