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Windows 7: New 3TB HDD, can't get Windows 7 to install on it

11 Dec 2014   #1
futurefields

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
New 3TB HDD, can't get Windows 7 to install on it

Hello, I have a new 3TB HDD I am trying to install. When I boot from my Windows 7 disc to the part where you select the partition where you want to install the OS, I select the Primary partition and get the message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!


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11 Dec 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Predefine an e.g. 100GB primary, active partition on the drive and install into that.
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11 Dec 2014   #3
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

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11 Dec 2014   #4
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

To expand, you need to make the other partitions under 2.2tb so that Windows can use it. Otherwise you will need to convert the drive to GPT and you can only make it bootable if you have a UEFI motherboard.
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11 Dec 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

.... or make several partitions that are smaller than 2.2GB.
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11 Dec 2014   #6
futurefields

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

i deleted all partitions so all that was left was 2,867gb of unallocated space

Windows 7 installed to that, is that ok?
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11 Dec 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How big is the resulting Windows partition.
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11 Dec 2014   #8
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by futurefields View Post
i deleted all partitions so all that was left was 2,867gb of unallocated space

Windows 7 installed to that, is that ok?
Create a partition that is less than 2.2tb

Windows cannot read hard drives over 2.2tb so you will either need to partition it so that both partitions are below 2.2 tb or you need to convert your hard drive to GPT as stated in my previous post.
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11 Dec 2014   #9
futurefields

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
How big is the resulting Windows partition.

2.72gb useable space it says in Windows
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11 Dec 2014   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

ASRock > Z77 Pro4 has a UEFI BIOS, so update the BIOS firmware, enable UEFI in BIOS setup, boot the Win7 DVD as a UEFI device, delete all partitions to clear the MBR formatting, then install Win7 to a partition of the size you want.

One should always make at least an initial effort to install to UEFI as it's the next generation BIOS with graphical interface, somewhat faster boots, and other enhancements.

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