Win 7 Not Installing Hard Drive Says No

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December 24, 2010 at 18:13:56
Specs: Windows 7
I am fixing a laptop for a friend and having serious issues. I put a Windows 7 install dvd in and booted from it. When I got to the screen to pick a partition I chose to format both partitions (the one that XP was previously on plus the smaller one that keeps the recovery files and whatnot) and then I deleted both partitions. I clicked next to install.

During install the screen went black. I restarted and when I did I got the BOOTMGR is missing message. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart. So, I restarted and booted from the DVD again. This time there's not partitions to choose AT ALL! Where'd they go???

I'm also getting a SMART your hard drive's gonna fail; go get a new one... error message at start up, now.

Oh, by the way- I have no visible means of getting into any sort of BIOS screen either.

I've been googling and trying different things for like 5+ hours now and I'm stuck. I hope someone can help!! :)


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#1
December 24, 2010 at 18:16:29
I have been able to load Linux from disc. I have formatted using partition magic. I used some command line commands to 'rebuild the BCD' and another one that said my bootmgr was updated. Neither seemed to help me.

I also tried installing 2 versions of Vista and a version of win XP from cd/dvd, but neither could load.

My main error message throughout all of this- when I actually could get into the windows installation (for Win 7) is 'Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occured while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error Code 0x80070057.' But, as I mentioned earlier at this point I have no partitions showing up at all and am getting the SMART disk failure message.


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#2
December 24, 2010 at 22:18:04
download the installation and repair tools for the hard drive from the manufacturers website, however if the smart message is constant that probably says it all, was the machine having problems before this format?

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#3
December 25, 2010 at 06:28:51
I agree that you need to open the computer to determine the hard drive manufacturers name, download their hard drive utility as an ISO image and burn to CDr for a bootable disk and use this to determine if the drive is OK or not. IMPORTANT, once you delete all partitions, you do not have any....You need to CREATE NEW partition(s) out of the available unallocated space. If you have not tried this, you can do it either with the Windows 7 disk OR with the hard drive manufacturer's utility and THEN you can format it (to NTSF).

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#4
December 25, 2010 at 08:44:46
I would have recommended that you NOT delete the restore partition but it is a little late for that advice.

Is the Windows 7 disk an upgrade or a full version DVD?


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#5
December 25, 2010 at 11:27:45
- The Windows 7 disc is a full version.

- There is no 'unallocated space' option. At this point in time I see no options at all when I get to that screen during installation. The *New* button is greyed out.

- As far as I know it was working okay... I mean, it turned on and didn't have any error messages. However, it took approximately 4-10 minutes to boot up from power on to actually being able to do something and had a long period of a black screen in between... I had assumed this was due to the 'virus' that I was told had been on here before. I wasn't trying to fix it, though, just format the whole laptop and start fresh.

- I don't know if I feel comfortable opening up the computer... do you think I would need to actually take something out? or just remove a panel off the bottom to see? It's a Sony Vaio if that makes a difference.


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#6
December 25, 2010 at 11:52:02
Describe exactly what you see on the screens when you boot to the Windows 7 DVD.

Are you sure you are booting to it? If you have a choice you should choose custom installation.

Do you have ANY external storage devices connected or inserted now? If so, remove them all.

Do you know if the laptop had any operating systems besides Windows installed prior to you working on it? I wouldn't think there would have been a boot manager installed if only Windows was installed.


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#7
December 25, 2010 at 12:56:59
the hard drive is just a panel usually on the bottom, them you may need to open a couple of screws, but just removing the panel will show you the drive.
in the install sequence of win 7 are you choosing advanced and creating a partition to install onto?
sounds like you formatted the drive but may need to create new partitions..

you could also take out the drive and add it as an external drive to another machine either in a drive case or via esata/sata then create partitions/format/fix etc etc

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#8
December 26, 2010 at 19:38:51
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#9
December 26, 2010 at 20:25:45
Could be the hard drive was going rather than a virus and now it is dead. Remove it and try to plug it into a desktop using SATA power and data cables as a second drive. If you cannot access, it is probably dead and needs to be replaced.
Also try booting the laptop without the hard drive in using a bootable disk with Memtest on it to check the memory and test other system components in the process.

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