To rule out HDD Master Boot Record format errors, boot the
Windows 7 installation media to diskpart and run the clean
command, it takes only seconds to complete; once the clean finishes, exit diskpart and use the Windows 7 installer to create and format a single 100GB partition for the installation.
If that doesn't work, after another clean
, use diskpart to create, format and mark Active
a single 100GB partition to see if that works, use Step Two
in the SSD/HDD tutorial for reference.
You can always extend
the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create
additional Primary partitions or an Extended
partition after the installation completes if you choose. 2)
If you have ever had Linux installed to the HDD in any way, a simple clean command will not over-write the Grub boot-loader, you must use the full clean all
command to completely over-write the Grub loader so Windows will install.
How to Boot to DISKPART at PC Startup
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation