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Unknown cause of error message

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  • Windows Server
  • Partition
  • Error Message
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
September 13, 2011 12:33:58 AM

I receive the error message "Setup was unable to use the existing system partition because it does not contain the required free space." I am trying to install Windows Server 25008 r2 on a 2TB empty hard drive. The partition is showing as healthy and empty. If anyone can help I would be very greatful.

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
September 13, 2011 3:41:18 AM

When you start the installation, go into the advanced options and check the partition layout of the drive. If there's a partition there, delete it and let Windows install into the unpartitioned space (it will create a partition and format it before installing).
September 13, 2011 5:00:50 AM

It MAY be possible that your motherboard doesn't support installing Windows to a 2TB HDD. If that is the case you'll have to install it on another HDD (or even need to unplug the 2TB HDD for Windows to recognize the other HDDs)