windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computers hardware may not support booting to this disk ensure that the disks c

windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computers hardware may not support booting to this disk ensure that the disks controller is enabled in the computers bios menu

I am getting this error, I already looked up some threads which talked about the same problem, but for some reason I can't still figure it out. I need someone to walk me through it please!
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  1. What drive, mobo? do you have latest BIOS?
  2. First of all, is this a HDD or an SSD? If it is the former, listen to hear if it is spinning up. Also, have you ensured you have formatted the disk prior to installing windows? Follow this link if you haven't to ensure you actually have a file protocol active on the drive.
  3. Nerumph said:
    First of all, is this a HDD or an SSD? If it is the former, listen to hear if it is spinning up. Also, have you ensured you have formatted the disk prior to installing windows? Follow this link if you haven't to ensure you actually have a file protocol active on the drive.



    I have HDD and I think I can hear it spinning and I did format it before trying to install windows 7, I am not sure what you mean having a file protocol active on the drive?
  4. Is what formatting the HDD does. It gives it the file format, which basically tells the hard drive how to write the 0's and 1's.

    I would take a look and see if there is a BIOS update on the manufacture's website. Especially if it is a new HDD, it may have a different protocol than what your old BIOS version can support.
  5. Nerumph said:
    Is what formatting the HDD does. It gives it the file format, which basically tells the hard drive how to write the 0's and 1's.

    I would take a look and see if there is a BIOS update on the manufacture's website. Especially if it is a new HDD, it may have a different protocol than what your old BIOS version can support.


    That might be a stupid question but how can I upgrade the BIOS without having an operating system?
  6. Most bios allow you to upgrade within the BIOS so long as you have the pre-extracted file on a thumbdrive. What model BIOS do you have and I can do a bit of research for you?
  7. Nerumph said:
    Most bios allow you to upgrade within the BIOS so long as you have the pre-extracted file on a thumbdrive. What model BIOS do you have and I can do a bit of research for you?


    How can I find my BIOS model? Sorry in advance.
  8. Do you know your MOBO model?
  9. Nerumph said:
    Do you know your MOBO model?


    All I know I have Lenovo g560, I am not sure how to check the motherboard model.
  10. Nerumph said:
    Do you know your MOBO model?


    It says next to my drive unallocated disk, does that mean anything?
  11. Yes, you should format that as well, it is a small protocol portion that needs to be operational in order for the disk indexing to work. Go ahead and format that and see if it helps.
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