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How to format Hard disk to NTFS with win7 disk?


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 03:59 PM

Someone installed a linux OS on this guy's Acer Aspire laptop, he wants me to load win7 but when I get the install windows screen, it is showing "Windows cannot be installed to this hard Disk space, Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.

I searched the net but can't find instructions on how to do this from the win7 disk?



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:06 PM

When you get to this window install screen and select Custom Install, select Advanced disk options at the next screen. Delete all partitions and then press next. This will automatically make Windows partition and format the drive.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

Thanks but I was only able to deleted one of the 2 partitions, the remaining partition named Disk O Unallocated space is 698.6 GB. The DELETE option is shaded out jsut like the FORMAT and EXTEND options. The only options active are the REFRESH, LOAD DRIVER and NEW options.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:28 PM

Download the bootable version of Partition Wizard. Burn the iso in Windows 7 by right clicking > Burn Disk Image. Boot the disk.

 

Delete all Partitions. Click apply after selecting partitions to delete. Do not create a partition because if you do that Windows will not create the 100MB system reserved partition. Boot the Windows install disk and let it partition and format the drive.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:31 PM

I have Parted Magic CD around here somewhere, I can use that?



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:38 PM

Yes, that would work too. Start Parted Magic  Gparted and then in the menu bar select device > new partition table. This will wipe all partitions. Then use the Windows install disk. Make sure you have the right disk selected in the dropdown box.

 

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:49 PM

You mean start the win7 disk without existing Parted Magic?



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:51 PM

No, after you boot Parted Magic and use Gparted to create a new partition table take out the Parted Magic Disk and reboot with the Windows 7 install disk.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:58 PM

I am not seeing the exact interface you posted, but I hit the Apply tab it very quickly did something, I quit Parted Magic and restarted now when I get back to the Windows Install screen the FORMAT option is still shaded out?



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 05:10 PM

This is the screen I am seeing:

 

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 05:30 PM

Wait a minute, SO VERY SORRY, I forgot I didn't need to format the parition, it's moving along now, get back to you, thanks.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:01 PM

Got the OS installed, can't thank you enough!



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:22 PM

Glad you got it sorted. Thanks for the update. Those screenshots were from an online tutorial that possibly had an earlier version.




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