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Windows 7: wont install on formatted drive

19 Jun 2011   #21

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

If you would have downloaded and burned the ISO for Partition Wizard, and then booted to that CD when the drive was still internal to the machine and not external, you could have done everything you needed to do... including deleting all partitions on the drive if you wanted to.

I still don't think it would have been necessary to vaporize the extended partition and two logical partitions inside of it, but you could definitely have deleted the primary partition and made the now unallocated space available to Win7 for its install by just deleting that primary partition while booted to the standalone Partition Wizard CD.

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19 Jun 2011   #22
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

All you had to do was put the HDD back into the netbook, boot the Windows 7 installer and start at Step One of this tutorial at the link below; no need for any 3rd party software of any kind, Windows 7 diskpart would do all the work.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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19 Jun 2011   #23

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I personally would stay away from 3rd party partitioning tools, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.
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19 Jun 2011   #24

windows 7 starter

its ok..

wat i did was formatted it in ubuntu, giving me the full unpartitioned drive back.
Then on my netbook i shrank the drive, thus creating a partition, adn made sure the partition was fresh, new, or activated or something... incase i want ot use it.
then i just put the hdd back in my pc and installed windows 7 to my main big partition.

and its all ok.

Thanks for all the suggestions...
some i found hard to follow, other were heplful to me

im sure they are all helpfull, but some a little confusing

thanks anyway..
we are in business..
i can now relax with the stable OS that is windows 7
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19 Jun 2011   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you got it sorted and thanks for the update.

There are some here that are long-winded and are hard to follow.
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