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60GB is not enough space to install?

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  • I have a 57GB (ish) partition on my HD on which to install windows 7, which im sure must be above the minimum space, however when i try to install from the mounted iso file in XP, i get the message:
    "Windows Setup cannot locate a valid hard drive to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, create more free space on the hard drive or add a new hard drive."
    Is this really too little space?
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:29 PM

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  • I had the same problem.
    The solution was to assign drive letter to the newly created partition where Win7 will be installed.
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:28 PM
  • My copy of Windows 7 installed on a 60GB partition without any issue. This may help or it may not but what I usually do is create a new partition for any new  operating system and format the drive using Windows Vista (or XP). Remember to format in NTFS and make sure the hard drive or partition you are going to install to has a drive letter; incidentally I also like to give the drive a name, such as Win 7, just so there is no mistake choosing the correct partition during install. Give that a try and see what happens.

    John Barnett - Windows XP Associate Expert; Windows Desktop Experience. - Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk; Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org; Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:39 PM
  • I needed to format the partition first. I assumed the installer would do this automatically as it does when you boot to it, but apparently not. Anyway, sorted now, thanks.
    • Marked as answer by jamiefish2 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM

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  • Hi

    This could be because the installation programm can't reach your partition : are you ure your disk controler is well recognized ?

    Laurent Gébeau
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    http://www.toutwindows.com
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:32 PM
  • What filesystem is that partition formatted with? Or is it unallocated space? Also, check if the disk controller is working, as stated before. I have installed Windows 7 in a 20 GB partition, so it should work with 57 GB.
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:54 PM
  • jamiefish2 said:

    I have a 57GB (ish) partition on my HD on which to install windows 7, which im sure must be above the minimum space, however when i try to install from the mounted iso file in XP, i get the message:

    "Windows Setup cannot locate a valid hard drive to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, create more free space on the hard drive or add a new hard drive."
    Is this really too little space?



    Since you are installing from inside XP, it makes a copy of the install image to one of your writable hard drives so that it can boot strap into that on reboot. My guess is that your XP partition does not have enough free disk space for the setup rountine to install the copy of the files from the DVD. I'd empty some space on your XP drive and see if that helps.
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    Sunday, January 18, 2009 1:17 AM
  • jamiefish2 said:

    I have a 57GB (ish) partition on my HD on which to install windows 7, which im sure must be above the minimum space, however when i try to install from the mounted iso file in XP, i get the message:

    "Windows Setup cannot locate a valid hard drive to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, create more free space on the hard drive or add a new hard drive."
    Is this really too little space?


    Reduce the size of your partition for Windows7 to 40GB and allocate the other 17GB to your XP partition, since Windows 7 only needs between 6.5 to 8 GBs that should solve your problem.
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 1:44 PM
  • I had the same problem.
    The solution was to assign drive letter to the newly created partition where Win7 will be installed.
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:28 PM
  • My copy of Windows 7 installed on a 60GB partition without any issue. This may help or it may not but what I usually do is create a new partition for any new  operating system and format the drive using Windows Vista (or XP). Remember to format in NTFS and make sure the hard drive or partition you are going to install to has a drive letter; incidentally I also like to give the drive a name, such as Win 7, just so there is no mistake choosing the correct partition during install. Give that a try and see what happens.

    John Barnett - Windows XP Associate Expert; Windows Desktop Experience. - Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk; Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org; Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:39 PM
  • My Toshiba of 30GB has Windows 7 installed in a 20gb partition. And it's a portable computer with 8 years!
    Adelino Araujo
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:48 PM
  • I used an empty 10GByte (9540 MB) HD to install the beta.
    The installer created a 200MB partition (System) and a 9.3GB partition (Primary)
    When selecting the 200MB partition, an attention line became visible, that this partition can't be used to install Win7.
    Selecting the attention line brings up the info, that you need at least 5465MB to install Win7
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    By by ... Detlef

    • Marked as answer by jamiefish2 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by jamiefish2 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 7:35 PM
  • I needed to format the partition first. I assumed the installer would do this automatically as it does when you boot to it, but apparently not. Anyway, sorted now, thanks.
    • Marked as answer by jamiefish2 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:25 PM
  • Ya man im doing the same thing my HDD is 40Gb and i have no problem with it
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:55 PM