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Windows 7: unable to delete partitions for clean install windows 7

18 Sep 2014   #1
western hognose

Tennessee windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 
unable to delete partitions for clean install windows 7

Trying to do a clean install Windows 7, have enough space, Dell Studio 1555 laptop. When I get to the screen "Where do you want to install Windows?" I have:

Disk 0 Unallocated Space 298.1GB

At the bottom of the screen:

Refresh
Load Driver
Delete (grayed out)
Extend (grayed out)
Format (grayed out)
New

When I tried to delete Disk 0, not able to.

Been searching on the net for a solution, none found. I am unable upon boot to a command prompt in order to run diskpart. Lost.


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18 Sep 2014   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have read of this tutorial from Step 6.
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install
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18 Sep 2014   #3
western hognose

Tennessee windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

That's my problem, the
Delete is grayed out, I am unable to delete anything
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18 Sep 2014   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by western hognose View Post
That's my problem, the
Delete is grayed out, I am unable to delete anything
Try using the boot disk from MiniTool;

MiniTool Free Bootable Partition Manager | Partition Wizard Bootable CD

HTH
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18 Sep 2014   #5
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

All greyed out because only partitions can be deleted, extended or formatted.
DISK 0 has no partitions yet! It's totally empty. That's why it says "unallocated space"
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18 Sep 2014   #6
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by western hognose View Post
Trying to do a clean install Windows 7, have enough space, Dell Studio 1555 laptop. When I get to the screen "Where do you want to install Windows?" I have:

Disk 0 Unallocated Space 298.1GB

At the bottom of the screen:

Refresh
Load Driver
Delete (grayed out)
Extend (grayed out)
Format (grayed out)
New

When I tried to delete Disk 0, not able to.

Been searching on the net for a solution, none found. I am unable upon boot to a command prompt in order to run diskpart. Lost.
Select New.
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18 Sep 2014   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello western hognose, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you are good to go actually. You should be able to select the Disk 0 Unallocated Space to install Windows on like in step 7 of the tutorial below.

Clean Install Windows 7
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18 Sep 2014   #8
western hognose

Tennessee windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Brink, tried step 7 on the tutorial, some reason it didn't work. When I clicked on "New" and entered another value for a partition, the error message says "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space" Error: 0x8007045d
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18 Sep 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

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19 Sep 2014   #10
western hognose

Tennessee windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 
Problems installing Windows 7 on a blank hard disk

I really hope someone can help me with this. I have tried everything to no avail. Dell Studio 1555 laptop is the culprit. I am unable to delete a partition, also unable to create new partitions. I have struggled with this for a week now, and I do appreciate all the fine people that have tried to help me. I have set the SATA controller to AHCI, Hard drive first to boot, Save changes and exit. Here is where it gets tricky:

I am unable to access System Recovery Options (there is none on the advanced boot menu), Shift + F10 does not open a command box, so I am left with no other options.

This is very strange, I have never had any issues with installing any Linux or Windows O/S's in the past. This one really has me baffled.

Disk 0 Unallocated space 298.1 GB
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more information"
This is what I am seeing.

On the Windows 7 screen, the only thing that is highlighted is "New"....everything else is grayed out.

I kindly appreciate any help on this matter.
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