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Windows 7: Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot

13 Oct 2012   #1
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 
Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot

I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit..

So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks.
However, when I go to select the partition, the install says
Windows was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

Can I have some help, here? :X


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13 Oct 2012   #2
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Please post what device this is. And have you checked to see if that device will work at all with Windows 7? Could be it doesn't have drivers for 7. As far as I know there are no Devices that would not work on 64bit 7 and would work on 32bit 7. It either works on 7, 32 or 64 bit, or it doesn't.
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13 Oct 2012   #3
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 

It is an adaptec gamebridge. It has no 64bit drivers. I had it working on an older computer, running 32bit win 7, but I have a newer one that I put 64bit on.
And yes, I am 100% sure it does not work under 64bit windows
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13 Oct 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Are you booting the 32 bit installer? Where did you get it? Has it worked before? If you burned it burn another using ImgBurn at 4x speed, or write to flash stick using Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown.

Unplug all other HDs, wipe the target HD with Diskpart Clean Command .

Then create a Primary NTFS partition and mark it Active following Step 2.2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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13 Oct 2012   #5
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 

It is a usb installer I made from my disk. It has worked before.
I can not wipe the target disk because as I said, it is a partition on one of my data drives.

I think the issue may be with the fact that I do not have a "system reserved" partition on C. I somehow got rid of it when I had to restore to a backup image of my drive due to a virus.

If all fails, I can just unplug the drives and put in an 80gb notebook drive I have.. And then put that in a usb enclousure to get what I need off of it when I've recorded :X
Not ideal... But it is all I can do.
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13 Oct 2012   #6
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Please post a full screen shot of the Disk Management window.
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13 Oct 2012   #7
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 

here you go.

Disk 0 is my boot drive, and has the messed up "system reserve" on it.
Disk 1, 2, and 3 are data. 3 has my desktop, but also the most free space. It is where I intended to put the other os


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13 Oct 2012   #8
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Yeah why do you have a 203MB Sys Reserve partition?

If you run the installer from inside Windows you may be able to install on that partition. But then we are dealing with the legal issue of having 2 installs of Win 7 with only one License key. That is a No No according to this forums TOU and supposedly the Windows EULA. Even if it is installed on the same hardware and only one instance is running at any one time. As apposed to using the same license in a Virtual Machine hosted by the same license.

Best thing to do is get another hard drive and install on that one with all others disconnected and then edit the BCD file to add the second install to the Boot Menu.
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13 Oct 2012   #9
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 

Dang.. That makes no sense :S
How would one share usb ports through virtual pc, then? My 64bit install only picks up the device as "unknown device"
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13 Oct 2012   #10
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Well the sharing of devices, like USB ports, is all handled by the Virtual Machine software program and works very well.

I use Virtual Machines for all OTHER OS installs. Whether it is Windows on a Mac or Win XP on my 7 PCs or any flavor of Linux I chose to installed. All of these VM OS's can see and use USB ports, DVD drives whatever hardware in then system. And it accesses installed RAM and part of the CPU directly. To the amount of RAM you have allocated to it and the number of CPU cores you have assigned to the VM.

But if you go the Virtual Machine rout you will need a second License for Windows 7, retail or Sys Builders OEM type or a Retail or sys builders OEM type license for XP.

Whether the Licensing make sense or not is not the point. It is all about the Terms of Use of this forum.
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