Windows 8 doesnt find any partitions/hard drives to install

January 12, 2013 at 01:26:36
Specs: Windows 7, 8GB
I've asked this question to alot of people and they kept telling me the same crap. My pc is capable of windows 8, my hard drive is not broken and (since my hard drive is an option in boot order) I (think!) its detected in my BIOS. I also updated my BIOS. But none of the things I can find work. Some people also tell me I have to create my own partition but this option is not availible (I cant press it). I have windows 7 on right now. and I try to do a clean install. (This is where it gives me no partitions.) When I click to keep all my files n' stuff. It says I have to update it with the program IN windows 7 but when I do that it comes at a certain point that it says 'windows 8 installation has failed'. I have an HP envy ultrabook 6 1050EB.

I hope someon can help me


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#1
January 12, 2013 at 03:17:15
To perform a clean install of Windows 8 you first have to delete the Windows 7 partition, then create a new, empty partition and install Windows 8 on that empty partition. You can delete the existing Windows 7 partititon and create a new partition with the Windows 8 installation disc. You can't do it from within Windows 7.

Windows 8 Setup is telling you that there is no partition to install it on because the existing partition still has Windows 7 on it. You have to get rid of Windows 7 first as explained above because for a clean install of Windows 8 there has to be an empty partition available to install it on!

Boot into Windows 7 first and back up all your data to a different drive or to a blank DVD. Then boot from the Windows 8 DVD, run Windows 8 Setup and delete the partition that has Windows 7 on it.

Then create a new partition and install Windows 8 on it.


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#2
January 12, 2013 at 03:19:13
You have stated " I have windows 7 on right now. and I try to do a clean install".
This is one of the options in Win 8 instal.
But then you state "When I click to keep all my files n' stuff", now that's another option. You cannot use both options at the same time, it's either one or the other.

If it's telling you that "I have to update it with the program IN windows 7 but when I do that it comes at a certain point that it says 'windows 8 installation has failed'
then, in that case, if you want to instal Win 8 you will have to use clean instal.

You stated "Some people also tell me I have to create my own partition but this option is not available",
You don't have to create any partition. When you clean instal Win 8 will delete Win 7 and instal in its place.

To do a clean instal simply boot with you Win 8 disk, select Instal, enter the Product key. From there select the third option of clean instal and you should be on your way.


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#3
January 12, 2013 at 04:27:41
Im already happy those are some answers I have not read already 10 times. But to aswer them, You both say that the win 8 disk will delete and create a partition but the problem is it doesnt shows any partitions that are on my pc. For example this link. http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/wi... on figure G it suggests all avaiable partitions. With me this box is empty. Which is why I can't select a partition to delete or make a new one.

bt @ tonto. ""But then you state "When I click to keep all my files n' stuff", now that's another option. You cannot use both options at the same time, it's either one or the other.""

I meant that I tried the other option because the clean install didnt work.


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#4
January 12, 2013 at 05:19:52
Check the BIOS to see if the disk mode is set to AHCI. If it is, change it to IDE and try again. After install you can either leave it as IDE or there are ways of switching it back again. Google will find articles detailing that process.

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#5
January 12, 2013 at 10:25:46
Since you're planning to "upgrade" (yuck) to Win8, I recommend you do the repartitioning & formatting with a 3rd party disc, NOT with the Windows disc. HP typically configures the HDD with 4 primary partitions - system (hidden), OS, Recovery, HP tools. If you haven't already done so, back up all your important files & create the Recovery disc set (7-8 DVDs). Once that's done, use the 3rd party software to delete ALL exisiting partitions, then create one or more new partitions & format using NTFS. If it's a Seagate drive, use DiscWizard...if it's a WDC drive, use Data Lifeguard Tools:

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...

Or you can use the Ultimate Boot CD:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Once the HDD is prepared, boot off the Win8 disc & run Windows setup. Just accept the partitions you created, do NOT make any changes.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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