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Windows 7: Error x80040154 with sata disk during installation

12 Dec 2009   #1

Windows XP
Error x80040154 with sata disk during installation


I get the error message below when I attempts to perform a custom installation of
Windows 7 (Ultimate, 32 bits version) on a logical partition of 16 GB formatted in NTFS with a Seagate SATA disk ST3250823AS .

windows is unable to install to the selected location -- error x80040154

I saw that it is possible to load drivers on my hard drive during installation.
The problem is that on Seagate website, drivers are no longer available.

I tried to extend the partition to 20 GB, but it failed too.

Thank you for your help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

After scanning some Google returns, I found a lot of them regarding other software programs (none like your's), and it appears that it is the Windows installer that is the issue involved mostly. The only thing that comes to mind is the fact that you are trying to install on a logical partition instead of a primary partitition, as it should be. Is there a reason that you can't install it on a primary?

EDIT: Even if you had been able to increase the size of the partition to 20GBs, that is too small. I would recommend a 100GB partition. System Restore points take up a lot of space.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP


Needs a primary formatted partition to be marked active.

Is the HD blank?

Just download Seatools, run the diagnostics which repair and extend life of HD's, then zero out the HD.

Next, boot from Win7 DVD and format the HD before install.

If you cannot vacate the disk, then move data to make a larger partition for Win7, format it primary or leave unallocated and let Win7 DVD create a New Partition, then format and install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #4

Windows XP


Resolved, Seekermeister as suggested, installation worked with a primary partition... no comment
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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