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Windows 7: Cannot Format Hard Disk

09 Jan 2010   #31
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well I never did select partition 1. Will that affect it?

This is the first time Windows 7 has recognized my hard drive in the "where to you want to install windows" screen.

When I select Disk 0 Partition 1 then next it says

"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."

When I select the drive and click format it says

"Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1. (Show Details)"

Details

"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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09 Jan 2010   #32
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Just saw your response.

Looks like you got it sorted out.

Select partition 1 is not needed if you want only 1 partition.

As you discovered it is create partition primary rather than create primary partition.

You could have made several partitions in diskpart, but you can also make them in Windows itself if needed.

Get all of your Windows updates at the end of the install.

Get antivirus going. Windows Firewall is on by default.

You have 30 days to activate.
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09 Jan 2010   #33
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Sorry, I don't think you caught my edit.

This is the first time Windows 7 has recognized my hard drive in the "where to you want to install windows" screen.

When I select Disk 0 Partition 1 then next it says

"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."

When I select the drive and click format it says

"Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1. (Show Details)"

Details

"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."
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Jan 2010   #34
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No, I didn't catch the edit.

I am running out of ideas

Try this:

go back to diskpart and do the same commands, but make this one addition:

just before the exit command, try the assign command

then the exit command.

I have never used assign myself, but you may need it to actually see a C partition. Just guessing.

I say this because I wouldn't expect to be able to choose "Disc 0, partition 1" as a location.

I would expect to see C.

Somewhat confused by why you would again try to format because you already formatted in diskpart when you did format fs=ntfs quick.
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09 Jan 2010   #35
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well, I just tried to format because there were no other options since it wouldn't let me to install the disk.

I'm going through the same steps but trying a regular slowpoke format. Then what you mentioned.
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09 Jan 2010   #36
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

try this:

Diskpart

sel disk 0

detail disk

( let us know exactly what it says )

exi
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09 Jan 2010   #37
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Edit:

go with what SIW 2 says for the time being.

Start again with diskpart:

diskpart

list disk

select disk 0

clean

create partition primary

select partition 1


active

format fs=ntfs quick

assign

exit


then continue with the install. Take a screenshot of the last step where everything looks cool.

Take another screenshot of the first step where everything is not cool and you get some sort of failure.

Post both screenshots in this thread.

Someone else may have to help you. It is possible you have unknown hardware issues.
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09 Jan 2010   #38
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What does diskpart detail . jr?
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09 Jan 2010   #39
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Sorry, I'm waiting for the format to finish. I didn't do a quick one so it's taking a bit.
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10 Jan 2010   #40
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Disk ID : BFD8BAF7
Type : ATA
STATUS : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCI ROOT(0)#PCI(1100)#ATA(C00T00L00)
Current Read-only State: No
Read-Only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
------------ ---- ------ ---- ------ ----- -------- -----
* Volume 1 NTFS 465GB Healthy
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