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Thread: [HELP] Windows 7 installation
07-23-2012, 11:33 AM #1
[HELP] Windows 7 installation
So i was trying to install windows 7 again cus i have Linux. And when i went to install it off my disk it said it was unable to format my hard drive because it was unrecognizable. And I cant click the format button, its just gray and i cant click it. Do you guys know why its doing this? And if you guys can help on it, it will be appreciated
Mine looks like this but i only have 1 hard drive(this ain't mine got it from Google but that's what it says)
(Windows cannot be installed to Disk...
This button is gray so it doesn't let me format my hard drive
07-23-2012, 11:37 AM #2
That is all one drive up there, it's partitioned, meaning OS's see it as more than one virtual drive for each partition.
First of all, you need to allocate more space than 5.2GB. Installing Windows 7 is going to erase the drive, incase you didn't know, so it'd be best to just format the whole thing.
07-23-2012, 11:41 AM #3
That's the problem it don't let me format it. I tried to click the format button but it doesn't highlight it so its not able to format it. I mean if there's another way too format it from Linux. But for now i don't know what too do.
07-23-2012, 11:43 AM #4
Format it in Linux. It's probably not letting you in Windows 7 because that's not enough space for Windows to be installed on.
07-23-2012, 11:43 AM #5
07-23-2012, 11:44 AM #6
Im sorry i'm kinda new to all this
07-23-2012, 11:56 AM #7
There are a total of 4 steps involved for hard disk upgrade and installation procedure..
STEP 2> Format the new disk using mkfs.ext3 command
To format Linux partitions using ext2fs on the new disk:
# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
First create a mount point /disk1 and use mount command to mount /dev/sdb1, enter:
# mkdir /disk1 # mount /dev/sdb1 /disk1 # df -H
Open /etc/fstab file, enter:
# vi /etc/fstab
/dev/sdb1 /disk1 ext3 defaults 1 2 Save and close the file.
You can label the partition using e2label. For example, if you want to label the new partition /backup, enter
# e2label /dev/sdb1 /backup
LABEL=/backup /disk1 ext3 defaults 1 2
Last edited by Smiley; 07-23-2012 at 11:58 AM.
07-23-2012, 01:14 PM #8
Or, you could download d-ban boot and nuke, burn it to disk and boot from it. That will delete any filesystem on your drive and make it raw. Then you can proceed with using your Windows install.
07-23-2012, 01:44 PM #9
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