Friday, February 15, 2013 7:46 AM
I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive and having a very odd problem. When I first installed the HD was showing split into 3 partitions and when I finished the install I found one of the partitions was 5GB titled HP Recovery. This is not an HP desktop, it's one that I built for a friend. I couldn't leave it alone so I put the HD into my system so I could format it all as one. Now when I try to install the HD does not show up and is asking for drivers. I tried a "tip" I saw somewhere else and pushed shift + F10 after clicking custom install and not finding drivers and thorugh command prompt did
Boot from the Windows 7 DVD
Click Install Now
Accept License Agreement
When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)
Press Shift + F10 on your keyboard
type the following commands
Next you will select the volume where you would like to install Windows 7
Type: select disk #
# represents the number the volume
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs
This did not work and as of now it won't even boot to install through my USB as I get the BOOTMGR is missing. I'm going to reinstall the setup on the USB but I still don't know what to do with the HD. I'm tempted to connect the HD to my system again and try installing Windows in my system and then moving it over.
Friday, February 15, 2013 5:32 PM
Try one of the 2 partition management utilties listed below. Create a bootable CD, remove your hard drive and only connect the new hard drive. Boot from the CD and delete all the partitions. Leave all the drive space as "Unallocated and then try installing Windows.
Partition Wizard Home Edition:
Note: There is also a bootable CD or bootable Flash drive versions:
Flash Drive: http://www.partitionwizard.com/bootable-flash-drive.html
Some of the features and Functions include: Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition,
Resizing a partition, Move partitions, Restore Partition after accidental deletion,
Convert partition, Explore partition, Hide partition,
Change drive letter, Set active partition, partition explorer (View contents).
Note: To complete any task use the 'Pending Operations' box located in the lower or top left.
Alternative to Partition Wizard (Somewhat easier to use but both Partition Wizard and EASEUS have nearly identical user interfaces)
EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition (Free):
ALL-IN-ONE partition software and the most convenient hard disk partition manager toolkit
Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (32 bit and 64 bit).
It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive, Copy Disk & Partition, Merge Partition, Split Partition, Redistribute Free Space, Convert Dynamic Disk, Convert GPT Disk to MBR, Partition Recovery and much more.
J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com
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- Marked As Answer by Alex ZhaozxMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:47 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:37 AMThank you! The steps that was giving has successfully enable me to reinstall Windows 7.