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Windows 7: Windows 7 Re-installation problems

02 May 2011   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Try as Greg suggested and use just the clean command, it only takes seconds and removes all format configuration data, then use the step #7 from the clean install tutorial to create a single 100GB partition to do the install to, don't be concerned if you get a message that 'other' partitions may be created.


DISKPART : At PC Startup


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02 May 2011   #22
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have cleaned the HD using diskpart again, and I have clicked on Custom install. There is one spot to install Windows to: "Disk 0 Unallocated Space." Total Size: 298.1 GB, Free Space: 298.1 GB. The message at the bottom reads: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk." Details for this are as follows: "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. Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon. If other hard disks are available, install Windows to another location." The option to format, delete and extend are grayed out. Only the "New" option is clickable, which I assume creates a new partition. I have the option to click next, and when I do, a message at the bottom reads "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information." Any more ideas?
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02 May 2011   #23
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Time for a new hard drive?
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02 May 2011   #24
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Maybe so... but I still wanna try a few more things. Greg or BarefootKid, any other ideas?
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02 May 2011   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I haven't really kept up with this thread, have you run the HDD makers utilities?


Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
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02 May 2011   #26
gregrocker

 

You want to run the HD maker's diagnostics and repair extended CD scan .

If it will repair enough to create a partition using Diskpart in Step 2.2 of this tutorial SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation , then make a partition for the whole HD and run Disk Check on it from the Win7 DVD Repair console Command Line: Disk Check

The combo of these two tests will determine with certainty if your HD is reparable or must be replaced.
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03 May 2011   #27
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm using the Hitachi HD Diagnostic Disc, but I don't see an option for my hard drive type... I think my hard drive is a Toshiba brand. Does it matter which option I pick when it asks for the brand of the controller?
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03 May 2011   #28
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I don't think Toshiba have produced an HD diagnostic disc so I think you'll be OK just to run with the Hitachi disc.
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03 May 2011   #29
sonofJack3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I don't think Toshiba have produced an HD diagnostic disc so I think you'll be OK just to run with the Hitachi disc.
Right, I'm using that, and now I'm at a screen with four options:
1. for Adaptec
2. for LSI 320 Controller
3. for Tekram & Symbios Controllers
4. for ATT0 320 Controller
I'm using a Toshiba Hard Drive, and I think I have a SATA controller, so which option should I pick?
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03 May 2011   #30
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Not sure, quite honestly.

I'm hoping whichever option you choose will throw up an error if it's not the correct one.

Wouldn't it be easier to bite the bullet and buy a new hard drive?

I'm shutting down now as it's getting late over here and way past my bedtime.
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