Originally Posted by joedaman633
1. Check the BIOS to see if the floppy drive is enabled. If it is, disable it. Retry the installation.
2. If the above doesn't work (or the setting doesn't exist) try going into the bios and setting the Harddrive to IDE mode (not AHCI), or if it's already set to IDE, try setting it to AHCI.
Is it a new laptop? Tried another hard drive?
Floppy drive is not enabled. The hard drive is SATA and is set properly in BIOS. I don't have another hard drive to try in the laptop. The hard drive can be detected by my desktop (partitioned it). BIOS (laptop) can detect my hard drive, so I don't think it's a connection issue. The laptop is not new.
The original issue that made me reinstall windows is that when booting up it would take about 10 minutes to fully start. Minor tasks such as right clicking the desktop and pulling up the start menu would take minutes to accomplish, and opening programs about 5 to 10 minutes. I said screw it and just decided to reformat and reinstall windows, but the windows installation seems to have the same issue.
I'm going to see if I can get windows installed on the hard drive by using my desktop. This should determine whether it's a hard drive problem or not. Although, I've never heard of a hard drive failing and causing a bottle-neck like this so it would be interesting.
It seems to me like a hardware failure.