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Windows 7: Clean install partition not found

17 Apr 2017   #1
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Clean install partition not found

I'm doing a clean install of Win7. I have one hard drive with two partitions (lettered C & D) and want to install Win7 on the C partition. When I load Win 7 setup (custom-advance option) and get to the 'Where do you want to install Windows?' screen I only see my D partition listed.

UEFI is disabled in BIOS & my disk is MBR (not GPT). There is a old Win7 install on the C partition that loads just fine & in Disk Management it shows C as 'Healthy-System, Boot, Active, ect...'. The D partition is 'Healthy-Primary Partition'. I've tried both booting from the Windows 7 DVD & starting installation from inside Windows.

Any idea on what's preventing the C partition from showing up in Windows setup?

Thanks for any suggestions.


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18 Apr 2017   #2
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did a scandisk on the disk and didn't find any errors. I have everything backed up to an external drive with windows system image. I'm thinking about wiping the disk and re-formating & partitioning it with Partition Wizard, my concern is that setup won't recognize the drive at all after that.
I find it odd that it recognizes the disk but not both partitions.
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18 Apr 2017   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Delete the entire drive to unallocated space, then install windows.

If you don`t want a system reserved partition, then use a PW Boot CD to delete the entire drive to unallocated space, then create 1 partition out of the entire drive, format it NTFS, mark it Active and Align it.

If you can`t do that then maybe you have a bad drive.

It can also be done with Diskpart.

DISKPART : At PC Startup - Windows 7 Help Forums

SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Help Forums

Also, check the Bios for Secure boot and Disable it.

Have you personally ever installed W7 on this drive before ?
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18 Apr 2017   #4
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the response. Okay - the drive doesn't have a system reserve on it currently or any unallocated space, so I suppose the Windows installer is trying the use the C partition for this purpose?

I don't think I want system reserve but would like two partitions on the drive, so my game plan is 1) format the drive into a single partition, 2) format it to NTFS, 3) install windows, 4) then create the second partition with PW.

No, I haven't installed Windows on this laptop before. It's an ASUS with an OEM license, so it only came with a restore image full of bloatware. I backed up the license with Advanced Tokens Manager and want to do a clean install of Windows 7.
I didn't see any SecureBoot options in BIOS. The SMBIOS is version 2.6 & I believe SecureBoot came 2.7 and later.
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18 Apr 2017   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Not sure why the entire drive is not showing up when you try to reinstall.

But post a shot of Disk Management, maybe it will give us a clue.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums
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19 Apr 2017   #6
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Clean install partition not found-diskmanagment.jpg


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19 Apr 2017   #7
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

And this is what I get during installation.

Clean install partition not found-install.jpg


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19 Apr 2017   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That is very odd, never seen that before.

I`d just buy a new SSD for it anyway

But wait a minute there`s the message that says "To make changes to partitions, restart Windows from the installation disc'

Are you booting from the dvd ? It doesn`t look like it.

If not then that`s why C is not showing up, you can`t format windows if you`re already in Windows.

Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

Once you boot from the dvd you shouldn`t have any more problems.
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19 Apr 2017   #9
chillyantelope

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I initialized setup in windows to get the screen shot but I've been booting from the disk and get the same scenario showing only my D: but with a few extra options (Delete, Format, New, Extend)

Could there be a problem with SATA Drivers on the Windows dvd? I'm using the retail iso and slipstreamed the Convenience Rollup, Internet Explorer 11, Intel Storage Controller Driver and USB 3.0 support.
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20 Apr 2017   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Create yourself a fresh install dvd

Download the iso of what you want from here.

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

or here

Windows Download - #1 Windows ISO Download Source

Burn to dvd at the slowest possible speed or use rufus to put the iso file on a usb stick

Free ISO Burner

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way


I still don`t understand why the installer can`t see the entire drive
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