Currently, I have it pinned as cable select. But I have tried it as master and got the same results. I have even tried disconnecting all devices and booting/installing from a usb. Still got the same result.
Since my last posts on here, I have messed with it much. But the last thing I tried was to install Windows 7, setting the partition to only 100gb. This way it showed two partitions, a 100gb and a 30.27 unallocated space. I let windows create it's little 100mb partition but then I deleted the 100gb partition and resized the 100mb to 100gb and chose to install windows 7 there. So I got the system up and running and used it for a couple of days, checking for updates, yada, yada. Then I decided that I would try dual booting with ubuntu 9.10. Using the ubuntu live cd with gParted, I took the unallocated space (200gb in gparted, but Windows 7 only showed 30gb), and created an extended partition with three logical partitions. One 50gb for ubuntu, one 5gb for swap, and the remainder for files. I installed ubuntu and let it rewrtie the mbr so I could use grub. As you can imagine, when I went to boot Windows 7, I got the bootmgr missing error. Normally, I'd be fine with that. But when I let windows "fix" it's errors, it finds no operating system. I have searched the web and tried all kinds of solutions but nothing works. Yes, even the command line solutions, like bootrec.exe /fixboot. That one tells me "element not found" This one doesn't work either,
bcdedit /export C:\bcd_backup
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /rebuild bcd
This one is supposed work if the system repair finds no operating system, according to microsoft's website. Well it doesn't in my case. I've tried it 4-5 times. When I type the export command, I get the message "export operation failed, requested system device cannot be found". WTF? Anyway, I went anyway and typed the rest of the commands anyway just for kicks. When I type the rebuild bcd command, I get this message, "rebuild - found 0 identified windows installations"
So I have concluded that I have a bad Windows 7 disk or something because I have even wiped the hd clean and went with a clean install of Windows 7, no fancy partitioning, nothing. Simply boot to Windows 7 disk, install to hd and let it be even though that's not what I want. The install went well, as expected. So I resized the partition with gparted and I still have the same exact problems as above when I try to fix the bootmgr after simply just resizing the existing partition. And I only shrunk it from 127gb to 100gb and left the rest to unallocated space. Even doing that, the windows 7 repair can't fix it's own problem. I did the same thing again this time trying partition wizard v4.2.2, getting the same result.
So currently, I am writing zeroes to the hard drive. Completely erasing it. If that doesn't make windows 7 installation disk see the whole hard drive, then I am going to try a different installation disk. I am using Windows 7 ultimate 32bit and I have a 64 bit system.