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Windows 7: Win7 clean install won't complete


30 Mar 2010   #31

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

The driver letter is ill relevant anymore, this is a carryover from the DOS days. I wish Microsoft would have gotten rid of the drive letters years ago (another subject). Yes it is nice to have everything on the C: drive so you are talking the same drive while helping someone over the phone or you are reading instructions and they keep referring to C: and yours is H: so you have to remember to substitute H: for C: When you do your install you should be able to pick the C: drive.


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30 Mar 2010   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
The driver letter is ill relevant anymore, this is a carryover from the DOS days. I wish Microsoft would have gotten rid of the drive letters years ago (another subject). Yes it is nice to have everything on the C: drive so you are talking the same drive while helping someone over the phone or you are reading instructions and they keep referring to C: and yours is H: so you have to remember to substitute H: for C: When you do your install you should be able to pick the C: drive.
Not so much. The active BIOS disk and the active partition will get the bootloader with a standard 7 install. It will be C: During install, before you get to the partitioning screen press Shift+F10 for a command prompt and issue the "diskpart" command. That will allow you to issue the "ina(ctivate)" command on the install media volume so the 7 install can setup the 100MB system partition as active as recommended and also play out the partitioning scheme.
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30 Mar 2010   #33

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ibex,
Just follow the procedure I gave you and all will be ok.

You see, I've been there, done that and more than just once. In fact, the last time was just yesterday.
Now if you would like reassurance that the drive letters are assigned as you like, then before you exit from DISKPART, type LIST VOLUME

Now let's say that you find that C and D are swapped from what you would like, then
SWAP DRIVE LETTERS

LIST VOLUME (to see current volume versus letter assignments)

SELECT VOLUME 1 (assuming volume 1 corresponds to C: )

ASSIGN R (this will assign the letter R to volume 1)

SELECT VOLUME 2 (assuming volume 2 corresponds to D: )

ASSIGN S (this will assign the letter S to volume 2)

Now you are ready to “reuse” the letters C and D.

SELECT VOLUME 1 (volume 1 was “C” )

ASSIGN D (now volume 1 is “D” )

SELECT VOLUME 2 (volume 2 was “D”)

ASSIGN C (now volume 2 is “C”)

Exit you way out.
You only need to swap the drive letters if the LIST VOLUME assignment was not as desired.

The idea is to swap the drive letters by first assigning the drives to unused letters and then reassigning them the desired letters.
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30 Mar 2010   #34

Win 7 x64
 
 

Just FYI-

Swap your SATA cable.

My issue is fixed by swapping a SATA cable. I used an aftermarket 3" sata cable because the HDD was right next to the SATA ports on the MB. Swapped the SATA cable out with the cable provided by the MB and presto.. Drive boots right up.
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30 Mar 2010   #35

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJ1376 View Post
Just FYI-

Swap your SATA cable.

My issue is fixed by swapping a SATA cable. I used an aftermarket 3" sata cable because the HDD was right next to the SATA ports on the MB. Swapped the SATA cable out with the cable provided by the MB and presto.. Drive boots right up.
Lots of SATA cables so I can try this.
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30 Mar 2010   #36

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Ibex,
Just follow the procedure I gave you and all will be ok.

You see, I've been there, done that and more than just once. In fact, the last time was just yesterday.
Thanks Karlsnooks. More than happy to follow your instructions.
Quote:
Now if you would like reassurance that the drive letters are assigned as you like, then before you exit from DISKPART, type LIST VOLUME

Now let's say that you find that C and D are swapped from what you would like, then


SWAP DRIVE LETTERS




LIST VOLUME (to see current volume versus letter assignments)

SELECT VOLUME 1 (assuming volume 1 corresponds to C: )

ASSIGN R (this will assign the letter R to volume 1)

SELECT VOLUME 2 (assuming volume 2 corresponds to D: )

ASSIGN S (this will assign the letter S to volume 2)

Now you are ready to “reuse” the letters C and D.

SELECT VOLUME 1 (volume 1 was “C” )

ASSIGN D (now volume 1 is “D” )

SELECT VOLUME 2 (volume 2 was “D”)

ASSIGN C (now volume 2 is “C”)

Exit you way out.
You only need to swap the drive letters if the LIST VOLUME assignment was not as desired.

The idea is to swap the drive letters by first assigning the drives to unused letters and then reassigning them the desired letters.

I started a memetest running before I left for work this morning so should have been going for 16 hours by the time I get back to it. That should eliminate or identify RAM as the issue at that point.

Still just abit confused about the drive lettering. I now understand how to change the lettering but is the end point I'm aiming at:
Partition 1 - 256GB SYSTEM labelled as D:
Partition 2 - 512GB labelled as C:
Partition 3 - balance of disk labelled with next available.

and then I tell the installer to install on partition 2?
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30 Mar 2010   #37

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

'Installer" will install to the partition you marked as Active.
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30 Mar 2010   #38

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, you are looking the wrong place.

The $WINDOWS.~BT folder should be on the partition you were trying to install onto.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The log last entry will tell you what went wrong.

It is on the drive of the failed install, e.g.

"C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log"

Boot 7 dvd , go to command prompt, type

Notepad

when notepad appears, click File>Save, browse to the setuperr.log and have a look.
I tried to do this. I have booted from the install CD and gone into notepad

In notepad I see 3 disk drives.
System reserved (C: )
Local Disk (D: )
Boot (X: )
and removable CD drive (E: )

X: has 4 folders Program Files, sources, users and Windows.
Sources has 4 folders en-US, inf, License and recovery and 3 files hwcompat, hwexclude and idwbinfo
recovery has 1 empty folder en-Us and no files

am I looking in the wrong place?
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30 Mar 2010   #39

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you install by booting the dvd - Windows will assign itself C whichever partition you install it on.



Quote:
Still just abit confused about the drive lettering. I now understand how to change the lettering but is the end point I'm aiming at:
Partition 1 - 256GB SYSTEM labelled as D:
Partition 2 - 512GB labelled as C:
Partition 3 - balance of disk labelled with next available.

and then I tell the installer to install on partition 2?
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30 Mar 2010   #40

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

If you decide that you marked the wrong partition as Active,
then go back into DiskPart, select the partition you marked as active, then use the INACTIVE command, then select the partition you want to be active and use the ACTIVE command.
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