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Windows 7: Cannot Install Win 7 Pro 64 bit

15 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Cannot Install Win 7 Pro 64 bit

Hello to all. I have an AMD X64 dual computer with 4 gb of ram, I also have a 250 GB hard drive running Linux Mint 9, a 320 GB hard drive that I installed Windows 7 pro 64 bit and it ran great. Unfortunately the 320 GB HD died so i bought a new 500 GB HD but when i try to install Windows 7 on it, it won't install..The initial setup screen starts just fine I accept, the install screen comes up and I choose custom and when I pick the HD I want to install on, it tells me it cannot find a file system or something like that. I've tried and have succeeded in formatting it as NTFS and still I cannot install...PLEASE HELP!!! Thanks for any assistance.
steve5091

PS I have since tried reinstalling Windows XP Pro and I get the same thing...hmmmmm????


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15 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome Steve.
Can we assume that you have disconnected your linux hard disk and only using the new 500 gig set up as your C Drive? That would be the best method so that the windows install does not screw up your linux install.

Booting the DVD with windows on it will then allow you to partition the new 500 gig hard disk. It wants to create a small 100meg boot partition on it and then you can install windows 7 x64. Windows is probably barfing on the fact that your linux disk does not have space for the windows 7 boot partition..

The simpler you keep it the better.

Rich
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15 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

richnrockville, first, thanks for your reply and to your question, no i didn't disconnect the linux hd. When i originally installed windows it was on the second hard drive and there was no problem installing it, I just chose the second HD when windows asked where to install it and it worked fine. I will try your suggestion and let you know asap. Again thanks.
steve5091
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15 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Steve, Are you using the grub loader to load linux, you might have to have an expert give you advice on how to install the loader to allow you to run windows 7 when you boot.

Rich
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15 Apr 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello steve5091, welcome to Seven Forums!


Start by having a look through this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu


I agree though, leaving only the Hard Disk Drive you want to install Windows to connected for the install is the best option that way Grub won't be involved it the dual boot process between Windows and Linux.

Then you can use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select which OS/HDD to boot when the PC is booted.
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16 Apr 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As your new HD is RAW, first setup in DISKPART.

Follow the Diskpart commands
full clean & full format in this tutorual:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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20 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Guys, thank you all for all your help. richnrockville, I did what you suggested and disconnected the linux HD and that worked perfectly. I'm happy to say that now I have 3 hard drives, 2 with linux and the other with win 7 and after loading the second linux last, grub allows me to choose whichever OS I want at startup. WOOHOOO!!! lol, what a geek, i love it. Again thanks for all the replys, I do soooo love forums

steve5091
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20 Apr 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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