Problems when trying to reinstall Vista

March 3, 2011 at 20:13:39
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer had Vista installed when I bought it 2 years ago. Having crashed the system I am trying to reinstall Vista but at the start of the install it tells me"Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets the criteria for installation" Following advice I've deleted the partition on my HDD and left it unformatted. ie it remains as unallocated space. I still get the same message. Any idea what the message means.

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#1
March 4, 2011 at 06:45:23
Format it to NTFS or DOS, something that the install disc will recognize.

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#2
March 4, 2011 at 09:16:11
You need to test the hard drive - vista doesn't need anything to be on there, but if the drive is malfunctioning it would probably give the sort of message you're getting.

Something like UBCD has lots of manufacturer's diagnostics.


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#3
March 8, 2011 at 16:08:46
Thanks Guapo

But I formatted the HDD using the option on the Vista install DVD. I don't know any other way to do it.


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#4
March 8, 2011 at 16:17:41
Good enough.

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#5
March 8, 2011 at 17:34:18
Hi Steve
Thanks for the advice. I visited the UBCD website and the impression I get is that I need a functioning OS. My machine now has absolutely nothing on the HDD and no OS. Any suggestions on how to check the HDD? It seems to format OK using the Vista installation DVD. Could my problem be with the HDD driver?

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