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Windows 7: Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

10 Aug 2014   #1
artbysmiley

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

Trying to do a clean install and my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 seems to have an aversion to putting the system reserved partion on disk 0. My HP notebook has two identical disk drives. If I boot up the windows install with both drives unallocated and do a custom install, the window where i select the partition for the install if I click new to create a partition on disk 0, it creates one partition on the whole disk. If I do the same for disk 1 it automatically creates two partitions, one for the system reserved. If I try to do that in reverse order by partioning disk 1 first it will still create two partitions on disk 1 (one for the system reserved). It wont partion disk 0 with the system reserved partition.

I tried to install windows with only disk 0 plugged to into the motherboard and that worked when i partitioned the drive during the windows install it created the system partion on disk 0. However once i had windows up in running, I plugged disk 1 (unallocated) back into the mother board and windows woudnt boot up.

I could jsut install windows on disk 1 but ive read that it is better to install it on disk 0.


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10 Aug 2014   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?
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10 Aug 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Post a shot of disk management with both drives installed.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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10 Aug 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

Since you were able to unplug the other HD as is recommended for multiple disks when doing a Clean Install, then the only reason it wouldn't boot after plugging back in the other drive(s) is because the OS drive wasn't set first to boot. Try that now.

For those who can't unplug the drive if they want to install to the second drive and it forces System Rserved onto the first one, the way to block this is to pre-partition the first drive as Logical which cannot be marked Active to receive the System files.
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10 Aug 2014   #5
artbysmiley

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?
I tried that but I can only select notebook hardrive in the boot order. After doing some more research apparently with my notebook dv7-4073ca in the bios, HP doesnt allow the option to set which hard drive it boots from. Somehow by default it is booting from the second hdd i guess.

I was trying to install windows from just a clean windows 7 install disk using my serial # from my hp. I am going to try and do a factory reset with my hp recovry disks and see if by default it installs windows to the second hhd. Maybe for some reason my hp bios is hard coded to only boot from that disk?
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10 Aug 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

When only one HD appears is BIOS Boot Priority order, then there is usually another place to set which is Primary HD and which is Secondary.

Why are you proceeding the HP recovery which gives you the worst possible install of Win7 one can have, when I just told you how to assure no part of the OS is put on a certain HD - by preformatting it as Logical. You can use Partition Wizard boot disk to do this, following Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

or from the Win7 System Recovery Options Command Line use DiskPart Command-Line Options to Create Partition Logical on the HD you want saved for data. I can write out the commands for you if you want.
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10 Aug 2014   #7
artbysmiley

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
When only one HD appears is BIOS Boot Priority order, then there is usually another place to set which is Primary HD and which is Secondary.

Why are you proceeding the HP recovery which gives you the worst possible install of Win7 one can have, when I just told you how to assure no part of the OS is put on a certain HD - by preformatting it as Logical. You can use Partition Wizard boot disk to do this, following Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

or from the Win7 System Recovery Options Command Line use DiskPart Command-Line Options to Create Partition Logical on the HD you want saved for data. I can write out the commands for you if you want.
I've checked my entire bios. I dont think HP included an option to change which hdd is the primary and secondy in my bios. Unfortuantly there is no newer bios update. I was just going to do the HP recovery as an experiment to see if it defaulted to installing windows on disk 1. Since that appears to be setup as the primary for some reason. If I follow your method and use partition wizard boot disk to format disk 1 as logical and then install windows on disk 0. Wont i still have an issue because my bios is still going to use disk 1 to boot off.
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10 Aug 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup? Is it set to RAID? SHould be AHCI. Normally when two same-size HD's are shipped with a PC its in a RAID.

All that formatting Logical will do is stop the boot files from being derailed to the HD you format Logical.

If you cannot boot from any other than DISK1 they you may need to install Win7 or its boot files to that disk if you can't find the setting in BIOS to make DISK0 Primary. Is there a BIOS Update?
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10 Aug 2014   #9
artbysmiley

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I read this article that says you should always install Windows on disk 0

Why You Should Always Install Windows on Disk Zero - gHacks Tech News

But the article states the reason for that is because windows will install the system portion on disk 0 so you should install Windows on that same disk. In my case my computer wants to do the opposite. It wants to install the system partition on disk 1. Therefor I guess there is no harm installing the OS on disk 1 as long as the system and Windows are on the same disk. And the computer wants to boot from disc 1 by default.

No bios update. It a a few years old and Hp seemed to severely limit what I can do in the bios. no raid options. Although I don't think they're in any raid setup. I'll just install my windows on disk 1 since that's what it wants.
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10 Aug 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Could you please post the shot of disk management
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