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Windows 7: Cannot reinstall Windows 7 64bit after formatting infected SATA hdd

02 Oct 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

Then the EFI choice in BIOS boot order must have since been hidden by selection of a Legacy BIOS setting in BIOS, because it couldn't be installed with the EFI boot partitions otherwise. Are you sure?

Look at your BIOS settings closely. If necessary read the Manuals found on the PC Support Downloads webpage. It's possible your HD is still formatted GPT required for EFI install, too.

These are the steps required to install 64 bit Win7 (only) in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums. But you'd need to re-enable it in BIOS first.

You can also remove the EFI Boot disk as it currently is then reinstall to an MBR disk converted by wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean command as Magus suggested in Post 5, then partitioning NTFS Primary and mark Active using Step 2.2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation to assure installer sees it.


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02 Oct 2012   #12
swordson

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

UPDATE:

Error persisted, with the same message:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

And these are things I tried:
  • I made a Windows 7 home premium OEM bootable usb, and the following were done with the same usb.
  • I used Diskpart to clean the hdd again, and convert it to gpt, and create an efi partition, but I don't know how to change it from hidden, so Windows couldn't install
  • I used diskpart to clean the hdd again, and convert it to mbr, and create primary partition, and the same error shows up
The BIOS really doesn't let me do anything besides changing the time and date, diagnostic tests, and boot order.
The boot option on BIOS only let me change how many seconds should be delay before booting and if i want vdisk/floppy disk to be enabled.

The more i play with diskpart, the more I think it's something screwy about Windows installation recognizing raw disk??

I highly doubt that bootable usb/bootable dvd would make a difference, but I will try to get a bootable dvd soon, maybe reading another NTFS drive messes up installation the same way if the computer has more than one drive.

in normal cases, it should work if i am installing to a basic primary partition, but since that didn't i work, I am heading the way of making efi partition (which I am not too familiar with), and maybe the method I tried this morning with diskpart is wrong.

Also, I came across this article (Create a GUID Partition Table Partition on a Raw Disk):

HOW TO: Use the Diskpart.efi Utility to Create a GUID Partition Table Partition on a Raw Disk in Windows

But the suggested commands didn't seem to do anything, because when I list volume and partition, it just said no volume/partition on this disk.
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03 Oct 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

I don't see how you have an EFI BIOS if there are no settings showing it and you have a floppy in your Boot order. EFI is cutting-edge technology just now coming into the mainstream. What made you think you had an EFI install previously? Maybe it was an image that had those partition labels but was actually an MBR install.

Test the HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check run from installer Command Line on a full disk partition you create as given before.

Confirm that you created and marked Active a Primary NTFS partition from Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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03 Oct 2012   #14
swordson

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Major Update

Turns out it wasn't a matter of type of boot disk it is, it was the bootable USB that caused the problem. I had a hunch thinking that windows keep recognizing the USB as one of the boot drive too, even tho it is not installable. I managed to get a hold of a DVD-r and made a bootable win 7 sp1 home oem, which magically got through the error flawlessly

But life is never that easy, now I am encountering error 0x80070570 during the expanding windows files phase, which would cause the drive unformattable because of the 100mb system reserve partition windows created. Diskpart would state that it's a virtual disk that contains a boot sector, thus unformattable.

But here's the weird part, I plugged in the bootable USB, and was able to alter the partition any way I want except installing windows with the "windows cannot be installed on this disk..." Error, whereas the DVD would let me partition and install, but would not let me change partition after the system reserve, interestingly confusing.

If someone can make light of that weird situation, please enlighten me

Anyway, now that I am into install phase with the new error 0x80070570, I haven't figured out what to do, besides formatting the hdd the I way I want it without installing windows, because I didn't run checksum with my bootable, so i am going to make another dvd bootable soon

Also, I've read that the common cause is faulty ram stick, but I am only comfortable with messing around desktop hardware, not laptop, so I am avoiding that approach for now.

My current plan is to run full memory test and hard drive test from BIOS, and I don't know what after that, but at least I am less baffled
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03 Oct 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

I asked you earlier to try writing the ISO to flash stick using Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu. Did you do this?

Wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command accessing installer Command Line using DISKPART At PC Startup. Then format the partition also already suggested in Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If this won't work then write to stick Hiren’s BootCD 15.1 using Hiren's BootCD From USB Flash Drive (Pen Drive) » www.hiren.info then use Partition Wizard to wipe the HD, format an NTFS Primary partition, then Modify>Set to Active. Try install.
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03 Oct 2012   #16
swordson

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I asked you earlier to try writing the ISO to flash stick using Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu. Did you do this?

Wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command accessing installer Command Line using DISKPART At PC Startup. Then format the partition also already suggested in Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If this won't work then write to stick Hiren’s BootCD 15.1 using Hiren's BootCD From USB Flash Drive (Pen Drive) » www.hiren.info then use Partition Wizard to wipe the HD, format an NTFS Primary partition, then Modify>Set to Active. Try install.
Yes i did, I have been using diskpart commands to clean and format since the beginning before I started this thread but i will try the third party method that you suggested
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04 Oct 2012   #17
swordson

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Problem solved, don't know why tho, I just made another bootable DVD, and install with it...
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04 Oct 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Bad installer.
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