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Windows 7 Installation Disk won't use/format hard drive

Hello,

I sincerely apologize if this has been covered already, but I have yet to find a scrap of info that has helped thus far.

I'm building my first pc and I'm getting blocked right at the gate. I have a 64bit Windows 7 installation disk (home version, "for system builders"). This is a fresh installation, I don't have any other OSs for this build so my options are limited.

It starts out fine, but when I get to the point where I am to pick a hard drive to install to, it won't accept anything. It will allow me to delete partitions but clicking on "New" or "Format" (under the advanced options) makes it think for a few seconds, then just stop like nothing happened.

I have tried formatting it through gparted, but no matter what I do it complains that the drive has been formatted with in GPT, even when the drive is completely clean and unformatted.

I'm using a Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1tb hard drive
on the MSI P67A-GD65 mobo
with intel i7 2600k.

Any help, links, or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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    Any help, links, or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


    You might try formatting the hard drive using a Windows XP installation CD. After the hard drive has been properly formatted, try booting to the Windows 7 installation disk and installing.
  2. I'll try to find a copy somehow, unfortunately my last computer was a Mac Powerbook G4. So the pcs I have to work with are old and limited at best,
  3. You have set the first boot device in BIOS to DVD and are booting to the Win 7 installation DVD right?
  4. Yes, and the Win 7 installation disk boots without issue.
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    There was an earlier issue with Windows 7 not recognizing a NEW SATA hard drive properly which caused installation problems. I solved the problem of not being able to format and install Win 7 by using an XP installation CD to format the NEW hard drive. Good from that point on.
  6. I'll be able to get a hold of an XP installation disk from a friend tonight. Thanks for the tip. I'll report back on how I fare.
  7. Hopefully the problem will be solved.
  8. Worked like a charm! Thank you very much for the help!
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  10. ZedSpot said:
    Hello,

    I sincerely apologize if this has been covered already, but I have yet to find a scrap of info that has helped thus far.

    I'm building my first pc and I'm getting blocked right at the gate. I have a 64bit Windows 7 installation disk (home version, "for system builders"). This is a fresh installation, I don't have any other OSs for this build so my options are limited.

    It starts out fine, but when I get to the point where I am to pick a hard drive to install to, it won't accept anything. It will allow me to delete partitions but clicking on "New" or "Format" (under the advanced options) makes it think for a few seconds, then just stop like nothing happened.

    I have tried formatting it through gparted, but no matter what I do it complains that the drive has been formatted with in GPT, even when the drive is completely clean and unformatted.

    I'm using a Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1tb hard drive
    on the MSI P67A-GD65 mobo
    with intel i7 2600k.

    Any help, links, or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


    If hard disk is previously used-will have an MBR partition

    Win 7 seems to use GPT hard disk

    So go to Advanced-remove all partitions-format
    then Win 7 will install

    On Asuis P8H67 would not boot from IDE DVD Rom-got infathomable "multiple boot images found
    type key to proceed: absolute STOP!!!

    had to use sata dvd rom-then ok
    had
  11. On Asus P8H67-altho it would boot from OEM Win XP, could not get clean boot to DVD from IDE DVD rom

    got
    "multiple boot imagers
    enter "key" to select,,,

    Best to beg, borrow, steal or even buy a SATA dvd drive, set this new DVD drive as 1st priority in sata config of EFI bios

    then boot from this new drive


    If get "driver not found-buy a sata drive

    If Hd was gpt protected, remove gpt protection in a Win XP machine first, set active and format

    Then, and only then, could I get a clean install

    Win 7 usually uses a MBR hard disk-but can be forced to use a gpt hard disk...
  12. Hi,



    There are Two options available.



    1. You can order a replacement set of Recovery Discs using the link below - these will reinstall the operating system, all required drivers and nearly all of the original software ( the exception often being trials of MS Office ). They will also re-create all the original partitions, including the Recovery Partition.



    Order HP Recovery Discs.



    2. Another option you could consider is to create your own Windows 7 installation disc.



    Before trying the following, make sure you can still read the 25 Character Product Activation key on your Windows COA label ( 5 blocks of 5 alpha/numeric sets ).



    An example of a COA Label can be seen Here.



    You can create a Windows 7 installation disc yourself using another PC - just download the correct Disc Image ( this must be the same version that originally came with your PC ) from the link below and use an application such as ImgBurn to burn the ISO correctly to a blank DVD - a guide on using ImgBurn to write an ISO to a disc is Here. These Images are clean and from a well-respected source ( Digital River ).



    Windows-7 sp1-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit



    Use the disc to perform the installation, enter the Windows activation key found on the COA Label when requested and when the installation has completed, use the 'Phone Method' detailed in the link below to activate the OS - this method supported by Microsoft and is popular with people who just want a clean installation of Windows 7 without the additional software load normally bundled with OEM installations.



    http://www.kodyaz.com/articles/how-to-activate-windows-7-by-phone.aspx
    http://www.bianews24.com
    http://www.avarcom.ir


    Additional drivers and software you may need can be found Here.



    Best regards,
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