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Windows 7: Hard Drive Preparation For Windows 7 Installation

05 Oct 2014   #1
Honduras2811

Win XP Pro SP3
 
 
Hard Drive Preparation For Windows 7 Installation

What do I have to do to a hard drive that has had Windows XP on it to get it ready for a Windows 7 installation?

I can get to the point where it says to select a partition, but no further.

I've tried wiping the drive, installing over the old OS, reformatting, removing the partition and adding a new one and I still get the same error message: Cannot create a system partition or install to any existing partition.

I even re-installed Win XP, and I can see the system partition. Same error message. I tried it with Win 2K also.


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05 Oct 2014   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Make a bootable CD of Partition Wizard. Then use it to delete, clean, and make a raw new looking hard drive for installation.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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05 Oct 2014   #3
Honduras2811

Win XP Pro SP3
 
 

TY. I'll give it a try.

But what do you mean by 'make a raw, new looking hard drive'?

Do I partition, format, none of the above?
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05 Oct 2014   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

NO partition, NO format, basically a blank HD like you would buy in new from the manufacturer.

Then let your install automatically do the partitions and format.
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05 Oct 2014   #5
Honduras2811

Win XP Pro SP3
 
 

Didn't work. Same error message. ??
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05 Oct 2014   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Honduras2811 View Post
Didn't work. Same error message. ??
You didn't say anything about an error message earlier.
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06 Oct 2014   #7
Honduras2811

Win XP Pro SP3
 
 

The message that said it couldn't create a system partition.

Problem solved any way.

I created a partition and tried that. No luck.

I formatted the partition and install ran.

But that led to another problem.
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06 Oct 2014   #8
Honduras2811

Win XP Pro SP3
 
 

I gave you the full error message. Stop posting here.
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06 Oct 2014   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Honduras2811 View Post
I gave you the full error message. Stop posting here.
Did someone get up on the wrong side of the bed today?
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