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Windows 7: How to reformat SSD for Win 7 reinstall, after permanent boot failure.

1 Week Ago   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

From post # 2:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
<snip> ... Boot the install media when it asks were to install it gives you the option to delete all partitions do that and let windows create what it needs
Let the Windows install disk handle the partition and formatting of the drives. Did you tell the installation program to delete the existing partition and format the drive? If not, Windows won't repartition the drive for use and it will fail like it has done.

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1 Week Ago   #12

Win7 Home

Thanks for coming back. I have NEVER been given the option to delete all partitions when starting to install. All I get is: "Setup was unable to to create new partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log file for more information". This gets repeated whatever I do, and I can get no further. After just trying initially with only SSD installed, and establishing it is unallocated and contains only 8MB of the original 80GB, I decided to reinstall the HDD again. There was no change in trying the inst discs again, only getting as far as described above. So, I decided that a heart transplant was the final option and used the inst disc option to reformat. Having ensured that I had previously saved the historical data I wanted to retain, I assumed (hoped) that reinstall would now reach the stage you have described, but no.
Having played with external facilities previously, I tried using Parted Magic to see whether there was a means to create a bootable C: drive. All I can tell you now is that I seem to have a recognized NTFS formatted HDD, but seemingly with no means for the Inst discs to recognize and create the ubiquitous windows C: drive. I guess I have to accept that the SSD has died and needs amputation, but would hope that a blank formatted 500 Gb hard disc can be resuscitated to breath Windows 7 again.

Quite understand if you have nothing further to offer, but thanks for your help.
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1 Week Ago   #13

Windows 7 HP 64

Does the laptop has a built in Factory Restore?
From BIOS you probably have an option to launch the Factory Restore. It will format the C: partition of the SSD and restore Windows from a recovery partition. Very simple and you don't need to look for and install any drivers.

REMOVE the HDD leaving on only the SSD.

Carrying Out A Restore - Medion Erazer X6811 User Manual [Page 85]
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1 Week Ago   #14

Win7 Home

I was very encouraged to hear that there may be a hidden way of restoring my dying machine and I'm much obliged for your research in find the X6811 manual. However, on this Medion X6813, the only Function buttons are available on boot during the Medion flash start up display is F2 for Setup and F10 for Boot. Either of these functions are very basic with Setup just showing simple hardware info on processor and ram together with the ability to define order to look for boot device. F10 is even simpler in showing connected devices such as large HDD, or CD drive to select as the boot device.

My manual does indeed mention F11 or F12, but this is described as coming after running the set up disc. Unfortunately, in running all the options offered by the inst disc all it consistently get stuck by saying it lacks information on the hardware and asking to load drivers. I do this from the Inst disk and it presents a file manager requesting a file of type "Setup Information" Looking at "Computer" it shows Local Drive C: 698 GB free, Boot X: 31.2 MB free of 33.6MB, and the CD Drive.

The only file of type "Setup Information" is called Autorun, but all I get again is "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware" and back we go to the "System Recovery Options" Screen in a visious.

I did try booting up my X7843 machine, and sure enough that did come up with a graphical restore screen as you were describing. So unless I can get this inst software to recognise my hardware, I fear my previous brain surgery really does need the crash trolley.

Thanks very much for everybody's efforts to help me solve this start up problem.
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5 Days Ago   #15

Windows 7 HP 64

Is your Win 7 installation disk from M$ or from Medion?
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5 Days Ago   #16

Win7 Home

Thanks for coming back.
It's from Medion, hence the Medion boot up flash with transitory screen options to press very basic BIOS F2 or F10 routines, before going into some not very understandable stuff ending in advice to insert a boot up device software. When a CD is inserted, whether the Windows Inst disk or UBCD, things start to happen. There is a 2nd Medion disc containing drivers etc.
It seems to me that it is the SSD currently marked unallocated but with only 8MB available that is the problem. As described before, the reformatted HDD C: primary partition with over 500GB free, is not what the Medion Inst disk is wanting, but the too small SSD? It reaching the instruction to input Drivers, it always ignores the fact that I point to the Autorun setup information , where it continues to point out that it doesn't have sufficient information about the hardware.
I am wondering whether I should try to reformat the SSD as I did with the HDD. Perhaps if it recognizes that the SSD is actually 250GB capacity. On the other hand if this doesn't work, maybe if I buy another SSD for £150 (they don't make the same Sony model anymore), will turn the machine into a brand new build and allow the manual described F11 or F12 to be achieved.
I don't have sufficient knowledge to know whether I've actually murdered the machine now, or whether investing recuperation money in it by buying a virgin copy of Win 10, or reluctantly returning it to its creator?
Any helpful advise would be very welcome.
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