by any chance have you tried installing the OS from a cd instead of the usb drive?
uhh, no. i dont have a cd rom at the moment lol..
and nikorr i dont think thats the issue ive had . 64 bit win 7 on this computer with my last hdd. it was alot older tho 2004 hdd
in the screen asking where do i want to install windows says disk 0 partition 1:system reserved total size 100mb free space 86mb
disk 0 partition 2 279.gb free space 278.7