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Windows 7: Clean install, creating Users folder on another drive, advice please

23 Apr 2012   #11
Alleyoop

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

The SSD is the only drive connected now, went through the steps again, still got the same message.
There were two partitions showing,
Partition 1, 100mb System Reserved
Partition 2 111.7 Gb primary.
I deleted Partition 1 and started again. This time it came up
Disk 0 Unallocated space
Disk 0 Partition 1 111.7 Gb Primary
and I can select Partition 1 without the 'cannot install' message, so I'll proceed to next or should I Format?
Edit: I deleted the other partition and went to Next, hopefully all smooth from here.


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23 Apr 2012   #12
Alleyoop

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

OK, all went smoothly, cept I didn't get the Home Network page after setting time and date, but that can be done later.
I'll load drivers and updates tomorrow.
Thanks so much for the help, much appreciated.
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23 Apr 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

Normally to avoid EFI installation you need to deselect the EFI Boot disk as first boot choice in your BIOS. Some BIOS have other settings. Can you find such a choice in your BIOS setup Boot Order listings?
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23 Apr 2012   #14
Alleyoop

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, I believe the EFI problem I had was because I had Macrium installed as my backup program and it creates a 100mb partition on the boot drive. When I deleted that partition and restarted I had no problem.
With that solved, I think I'll now clean install again and persist with moving my User folders to my K Drive.
Would you still like a screenshot?
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23 Apr 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

Yes, most likely Macrium didn't create that partition. It sounds like the 100mb System Reserved partition which is created by Win7 when installed on a blank HD, to hold the System boot files.

If you didnt' take the EFI Boot disk out of the BIOS boot order then it would need a GPT disk to install and create several small partitions: EFI and Windows Boot partitions.
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23 Apr 2012   #16
Alleyoop

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I saw that it was a Windows 7 partition when I went in to install again.
I'm in Audit Mode now. This is my Script.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="Error" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<FolderLocations>
<ProfilesDirectory>d:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
<ProgramData>d:\ProgramData</ProgramData>
</FolderLocations>
</component>
</settings>
<cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>

When I go to the Command prompt I get this message, (see attachment).


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23 Apr 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

Need your Disk Mgmt to be maximized as requested so I can see all of the listings. The 100mb seems to say EFI boot partition which means it's likely an EFI install: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums .
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23 Apr 2012   #18
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I agree with Greg.

Here is how to post a maximized diskmanagement:
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN=
key with Microsoft logo on top.


Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

=======================================
karl
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23 Apr 2012   #19
Alleyoop

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. Hope that's what you want.
Looks like I start again then.


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23 Apr 2012   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Read, read, and reread the post I gave on a Disk Management snapshot.

Use the procedure I gave, and not another.

Drag the field separators to fully show the contents of all fields (this is also mentioned in the write-up).
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