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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 to SSD Drive, Selected Disk has MBR Partition Table.

13 Nov 2015   #1
Price1475

Windows 7 Home Prem 64 bit
 
 
Install Windows 7 to SSD Drive, Selected Disk has MBR Partition Table.

Hello,

I have a Dell Latitude E6410 that has Windows 7 with a SSD hard drive. I am trying to format the hard drive and reinstall windows 7 home prem. I went into the bios changed boot list option to legacy. The only options I get are Legacy and UEFI. My hard drive is recognized in the bios. I then put my Windows 7 installation disk in and boot to it. When I get to the screen that shows my partitions I select the partition that I want to format and it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk.The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.

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."


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13 Nov 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Is there some reason you do not want to use GPT?
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13 Nov 2015   #3
genet

Windows 8.1/10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Price1475 View Post
"Windows cannot be installed to this disk.The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."
Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

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Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.

Install Windows 7 to SSD Drive, Selected Disk has MBR Partition Table.-windows-cannot-installed-disk.-selected-disk-gpt-partition-style.png

Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.

Install Windows 7 to SSD Drive, Selected Disk has MBR Partition Table.-windows-cannot-installed-disk.-selected-disk-has-mbr-partition-table.png


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13 Nov 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yep, just convert the drive to MBR, and you`ll be off and running, I mean installing
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13 Nov 2015   #5
Price1475

Windows 7 Home Prem 64 bit
 
 

How do i convert to mbr? I don't have a problem using GPT. In my bios I can only set to legacy or UEFI.
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13 Nov 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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13 Nov 2015   #7
genet

Windows 8.1/10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Price1475 View Post
When I get to the screen that shows my partitions I select the partition that I want to format and it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."

Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).

-or-

If you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.
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13 Nov 2015   #8
Price1475

Windows 7 Home Prem 64 bit
 
 

I created a bootable windows 7 home prem iso on my usb flash drive with Rufus. In my bios I have it set to Legacy. My SSD hard drive is showing up in the bios. I booted from my USB flash drive, when I get to the screen "Where do you want to install Windows" I tried deleting the partitions and it says "failed to delete the selected partition. [Error:0x8007045d]." It also says "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1 and 2.

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.
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13 Nov 2015   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Do you have access to any partitioning tools unrelated to that Rufus USB flash drive?

Such as a Partition Wizard bootable disk? Or Gparted? Or Diskpart?
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13 Nov 2015   #10
Price1475

Windows 7 Home Prem 64 bit
 
 

Yes....I can get any of these. Which one do you recommend?

Thanks
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