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my problemb is i have only one partition and when i install win7 os only is disk is here and it says Disk 0 Unallocated Space.......
please help what can i do........

Hi all. I am having a problem with installing Windows 7 on my netbook (Novero Solana). I did a clean install (wiped out Windows 8) and when using a USB boot install of Windows 7, I encountered the following error (Disk 0 Unallocated Space):

"Windows 7 install Error "Setup was unable to use existing system partition because it does not contain the required free space".

The other partition on my netbook is System Reserved (Disk 0 Partition 1: System Reserved), but I don't want to touch it, as I have heard it contains important files e.g. bootup.

Attached is the screenshot of the "Install Windows" screen displaying the partitions. Help would be much appreciated.

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Join Date Mar 2012 Age 54 Posts 659 Re: Windows 7 clean install error: "Setup was unable to use existing system partition because it does not contain the required free space" You obviously have Windows 8 system files in the System part. What you should do is to re-partition your disk, to get rid of the System Part --- precisely what you don't want to do. Then, with one partition / or more than one new ones, you'll be able to install Windows 7.

"but I don't want to touch it, as I have heard it contains important files e.g. bootup." --- Windows 7 comes with its own bootup. There's always a risk, but again, so is there with life.

Hi I had Ubuntu for a brief period of time on my pc as my mine OS and now I'm trying to upgrade to Windows 7. When I get to the partition section of the installation and cannot get any farther. My partitions are as follows:
Free Space Type
Disk 0 Unallocated Space 70MB
Disk 0 Unallocated Space 52GB Extended
Disk 0 Partition 1: Backup 22.5GB Logical

When I try to install windows on my 52GB partition, I get the error "Setup was unable to create a new partition or access an existing partition. See setup logs for more information."
I also cannot try and create an new partition from the 52GB partition and try to install it there or even format it. There is a lot of important information stored on my backup partition that I need saved so if there is any way to keep that while still installing Windows 7, that would be great. Thanks.

I am trying to do a simple setup as hardware Raid 0 to get the best performance out of my existing system but continue running into problems.

K9A2 Platinum/ Bios 1.4
Vista Ultimate 64
Apevia case with gauges, 1- 120mm and 3-80mm fans
1- WD 10k raptor
2-15k Fujitsu MAX3147RC
2-2GB GSkill pc8500 1066mhz
AMD Phenom 9600BE
ATI FireGL 5600
1- DVD/CD with litescribe
1- floppy drive
1- multi card reader
OCZ 700watt ps

I have been setup Promise Raid 0 on the K9A2 Platinum and I am not able to get Vista to stripe across the raid disks like it is supposed to.

One setup was using the Fujitsu drives on the Promise 5 & 6. Both disk were setup on LD1, Raid 0 stripe. Under Disk Management this shows up as one disk(C Drive), but the OS or any other info only goes on one disk and does not stripe across both disks because the second disk is only an extension of the first. Anything installed on the C Drive goes to the first disk and nothing will go on the second disk(at least until the first disk is full). Because both disk are the C Drive(one extending or spanning to the other) software striping is not an option.

The second setup using the Fujitsu drives on the Promise 5 & 6. This time I set the disks up on LD1 and LD2 Raid 0 stripe. During the install, Vista only lets you select one of the drives to install the OS on. Under Disk Management this shows up as 2 different disk, but Vista is not striped across both disk. Why isn't Vista striped across both harddrives? You can however use any unallocated space on these drives to do a software stripe with Vista Ultimate. This seems to only be good for storage.

The last time I checked hardware Raid 0 meant striping info across the disks for faster performance. This system is slow for the components it has. It all points to a crappy motherboard.

In disk managment under disk 0 it says Basic 91.75 GB then 39mb unallocated then C drive 87.06 GB NTFS then 4.66 GB Unallocated.

Can I do something with that 4.66 GB. or put another way what did I do wrong with the 4.66 GB partition that seems to be wasted space.

OK. Here's what happen.
I was uninstalling IE9 because my son need to file on-line for unemployment, and our state website would only work with IE8. (I use FF as my main browser) Anyway, as I was uninstalling IE9, my son came into the room while I was out of the room and turned my computer off. When I came back and seen that it was off, I turned it back on. Win7 loaded up but all my letters were now like symbols. ie: under the icon for my log in, my son's log in, and my wife's log-in instead of our names, there was just symbols. Similar to "Wingdings" font, but not exactly. After clicking on my icon, Win7 continue on as normal. All my programs were there, but any letters were now symbols...everywhere. Even my date & time was symbols! It was the same in Safe Mode. I wanted to do a system restore, but there wasn't a way for me to decipher where it was in the program list. It was like trying to read a foreign language. Finally, I put the Win7 disc that I got with my computer and did a re-installed. It booted up from my CD/DVD drive and went on. When it was done re-installing Win7, I took a back up disc I had made a few months ago and retrieved all of my data.

Now here's where my problem comes in: After the re-install of Win7, I have a new drive labeled "System (K)" and it has 70.3MB free of 99.9MB.(See attached) I figure this is a partition on my HDD that was set up by the Win7 re-install. I also have a folder labeled "Windows.old" under the OS of my C: HDD. Now this "Windows.old" file has all the files my system had before. (See attached)
Also, on my taskbar, when you hover the mouse over any my program icons, it shows the name of the program with a (2) behind it, and I can not rename the program without a (2) or another number after it's name. So it's like Win7 thinks I have two copies of every program, which in a way I do.
Is there anyway I can clear this mess up? Can either the "System (K)" drive or the "Windows.old" folder be deleted? Would doing a complete "clean" install be the only way to clear out all this crap? Or should I not even worry about it and just go on? My big worry is that the way things are now, that it's potentially slowing down my computer, and also that it's going to effect how my programs continue to work.

I have an Intel Core i5. I use avast antivirus, Comodo Firewall, FF 8.0, Thunderbird 8.0.

Thanks in advance to all that can help me.
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Join Date Sep 2011 Posts 279 Re: Windows 7 Re-Install-Help Please A complete system reinstall should clean everything completely. This would require reinstalling all apps as well. When you reinstalled Win 7 the last time, did you do a custom install or an upgrade install?

Windows.old will always be created when you install Win 7 over another OS (even Win 7). This does indeed contain the old OS. This allows you to drag any data (pics, favs, music, etc) into the new OS. To delete this folder use this method.

I also suspect System (K) is somehow related to the old OS. Since you are anticipating a complete Custom (Clean) install anyway, I would use the Win 7 Disk Manager to delete the System (K) partition. Type Disk Management in the search box and choose Create and format hard disk partitions. Right click the System (K) partition and choose delete. This will leave unallocated space. Or use a 3rd party partition manager (I have Partition Wizard for this)

Once you have the system back to where it should be, consider Imaging to create a backup of your entire system.

I downloaded Windows 7 Professional 64-bit online and ran the executable (I am running inside of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RC version) . It created the expandedSetup folder and opened the install window. The only options I have are 'Install' and 'What to know before installing Windows'. If I click 'Install' I get the following error message:

"Windows Setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, make sure that a partition on your boot disk has at least 814 megabytes (MB) of free space.

Error code: 0x80070490"

I have plenty of space on all my partitions. My drives look like this:

Disk 0
Letter/Type: Size: Free Space:
D:/NTFS 680 GB 396 GB
JFS 78 GB 61 GB
JFS 15 GB 10 GB
C:/NTFS 156 GB 97 GB (has Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RC installed)

Disk 1
Letter/Type: Size: Free Space:
-/NTFS 100 MB 72 MB (System Reserved)
Unallocated 700 GB

I do not have the installation discs, just the download files, and I can not burn an ISO to disc because there is no ISO. I am not sure how to proceed.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hey everybody,
I know this problem has been seen before, even before windows 7. Problem is I've been trying to install the 32bit version of 7 since the RC came out and the installation always hangs at "completing installation". The install boots a little slow, but it goes through everything. I'm doing a fresh install of the RC because I was using the 7 beta before (which gave me little to no problems when I installed it). I start the install on the whole HD (unallocated space). It goes through the copying windows files and expanding alright and installs features and updates. Then it reboots, and I see the 7 logo. Then it's on the completing install, changes resolution, and hangs. It'll either blue screen after a few hours and reboot to a black screen, or just hang at the install.

System specs:
Foxconn Motherboard P9657AB-8EKRS2H
Intel Pentium E2220 Allendale 2.4GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
PNY VCG98GTXPXPB GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 BL2KIT12864AA80A
WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA
normal DVD drive
USB keyboard/mouse
LG LCD monitor

So I've tried a lot of different things but to no avail.

I've downloaded and redownloaded the 32bit on the microsoft technet site. Burned with a separate player once at default speed and once at x1. I believe the disk works fine.
I've tried install NVIDIA drivers through the notepad trick but that still doesn't help.
I've tried removing one of the RAM which doesn't do much either.
I've disabled some of the onset chip stuff in my BIOS which doesn't work either.
I've even reinstalled Vista and try to upgrade to the 7 RC while in vista, which doesn't work, also hangs at the final step.

I think it may be the LCD, but idk why. Thing is there's no onboard video on the motherboard so my monitor has to attach to the video card. I don't know why it changes resolution in the middle of the completing installation part either.

Thanks to all who read the long post. Any advice and tips are appreciated.


This is my first post on this forum. Thank you for your time and help.

I have the Windows 7 Beta disc and I am trying to create a partition and install it on my Dell Vostro 220 (see my profile for full PC details).

I have 3 partitions:

FAT16 - Primary - 70MB FAT16 - 0xDE (EISA Configuration)OS (C) - Primary, Active - 152.2GB NTFS (Windows XP Pro)NTFS (F) - 80.61GB NTFS (Empty)
I am trying to install Windows 7 on partition 3, but the installation is giving me an error: "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed."

Here's my procedure:

Insert CDRestartBoot from CDStart Installation"Custom (Advanced)" InstallationCreated new partition on unallocated space (currently partition 3 NTFS)Copying files... OKExpanding files...Error: "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed."Restart and boot XP
Software I'm using on XP that may be interfering:

Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0ESET Nod32 Antivirus 3.0.650.0
Any ideas on what I can do to fix this error and eventually dual boot XP Pro and Windows 7?


So my dad got a "trusted" co-worker who is a computer guy to build our home computer for us while I was away (for a price). For the most part he has been helpful. However, he seems to have fractured the HD into some peculiar partitions arranged as follows:

465GB (mostly empty)

100mb (system reserved)
100GB for the system partition.
320GB partition (which contains a large chunk of music and family photos etc.)
20GB (unallocated)
20GB logic drive

100GB seems pathetic for the system partition and only has around 40GB free space left which is worrying because we've pretty much just got the computer and my brother hasn't even started loading any of his games on it yet. I'm pretty sure disk space is going to become a problem real soon.

My questions:

How easy would it be to extend or move the system partition so as to increase its size? Is this even possible?

Why would the guy have set the HD up in this way?

I'm not great with computers myself so would be thankful for any help / advise. Thanks

I have a brand new external hard drive (LaCie, 160GB, USB 2.0) that has no
data on it. Windows XP Pro recognizes it as Drive (G). I formatted with
Disk Management using NFTS. I would like to partition it. I followed the
instructions in the Windows XP "Help" ('309000 How to use Disk Management to
configure basic disks in Windows XP) However, I have the following problem:

Windows XP "Help" '309000 says: "In the Disk Management window ... To
create a new partition, right-click unallocated space on the basic disk
where you want to create the partition, and then click New Partition."

I tried this several times. When I right-click on the new disk the menu
does not give me the option to create a New Partition. (I am given the
option to 'delete partition')

What am I doing wrong? How can I partition this new hard drive?


1) I use my PC as a digital audio workstation; & have a secondary drive dedicated to audio data only. A recent article in Sound-On-Sound magazine described the benefits of partitioning the audio drive so as to have audio files from one's current recording project in a separate partition, arranged around the outside of the disk...which is the fastest portion. The remainder of audio data is then located on the remaining area of the audio drive. They explained that...in Disk Management, for each graphical horizontal window (which represents each disk)...the partitions toward the left of the window are located toward the outside of the disk...moving toward the center of the disk as they move toward the right.

I broke open my copy of the XP Bible (XP Inside Out, by Bott & Seichert), but couldn't find if this was true...or even how to move files about once a new partition is created.)

So...I want to create two new partitions on my audio drive...one small & one large, move my current project's files to the small partition & the remainder to the larger partition; & delete the original. I also wanted the smaller partition located at the outside of the disk, for speed.

Now...the book says to right click in an unallocated section of the drive's graphical window (in Disk Management) to create a new partition...but there is no unallocated space on my audio drive. The entire disk has a gray border around it.

What am I doing wrong...or what do I need to do first?

2) I noticed on my primary disk (0) that I have an EISA configuration of 39 MB at the left (of the window); & the remainder of the disk [C:] is in the form of a System configuration. The System partition is utilizing the NTFS file system, but the EISA partition is utilizing the FAT file system.

Why is the disk set up this way...& is it acceptable?



The server I'm working with is an old Compaq Proliant ML370 running Windows Server 2000 Standard with Citrix Presentation Server 4. There's only one hard drive. On disk 0, volume 1 system C drive (fat), volume 2 is utilities no drive letter, volume 3 boot D drive (ntfs), and volume 4 is tiny unallocated space.

Volume 3 D drive is nearly out of space and I won't have a chance to replace this server until the end of the year. I must install a software upgrade on this server but can't until I have more space.

So far I've added a larger second hard drive (both are hot swap)and made both disks dymanic. I mirrored disk 0 volume 1 and volume 3. The result on disk 1 is volume 1 system C drive (fat), volume 2 boot D drive (ntfs), and volume 3 is unallocated space.

I would like to now expand disk 1 volume 2 boot D drive to use up the remaining unallocated space.

The Googled information I've found thus far is a little confusing as it pertains to boot and system. They assume, I'm sure, that boot and system are one and the same and reside on same volume. Some say I can't expand it and some say I can but it's not clear.

For my next step, so far it looks like my best bet is to shutdown, pull disk 0, attempt multidisc boot and get to dos prompt, edit boot.ini to point to disk 1 and volume 2, and boot up. Then to expand or extend it looks there's something called diskpart.exe that I could try using from dos.

Is this going to work? Is there a better or easier to do I'm trying to do?

A few days ago, I received a new Dell Dimension 9200 with a 500 GB drive with Vista Ultimate pre-installed. After performing the obligatory cleanup of Dell-installed "free" applications, I proceeded to install my applications. Everything is working perfectly and now it's time to transfer my data files from the old desktop. I didn't partition the drive (80 GB) on the old machine, but I want to make two partitions the new drive - one partition for the OS, applications, paging file & restore points and a second partition for data.

Vista's built-in disk management console allows me to do this. Within Disk Management, I selected the C: (OS) partition and then selected "shrink volume". After doing its scan, I can shrink the volume by only 176 GB, leaving me with a massive 290 GB C; drive. OK - obviously the paging file and the restore points are using a lot of space. I then disabled System Restore (which wipes out all restore points) and I disabled the paging file. I then tried shrinking again, and this time Disk Management indicated that I could shrink the volume by 233 GB, again leaving me with a huge (233 GB) C: drive. At present, I'm only using 20 GB of this drive but Disk Management won't let me resize this to any less than the 233 GB.

Time then for a third party application - the latest version of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0. With Disk Director, I highlighted the C: drive, selected "resize" and then specified 100 GB as the size (leaving 356 GB unallocated space). 100 GB should be LOTS of room for the OS, applications, paging file and restore points. Disk Director then shut down the OS, did its processing at startup, and then opened Vista. NOTHING had changed!

I searched on the Wilders Acronis forums and while this is a well known problem, I haven't been able to find any solutions. One of the "solutions" is to perform this operation from the Acronis boot disk (safe mode), but this doesn't work either (at least for me). I also have a Vista notebook with a 100 GB drive, and out of curiosity I tried the same thing with this machine. Same results. Acronis did nothing, and again, Windows Disk Management would only let me resize the partition to 50% of the drive.

While MS specs for Vista indicate a minimum required drive size of anywhere from 20 to 40 GB, I can only shrink the notebook partition to 50 GB and the desktop partition to 233 GB. Has anyone found a successful solution to this problem (either with Disk Management or Acronis)?

I am setting up a system using WIN 2000 PRO. I want to use Norton's Ghost for backing up the Hard drive. I have set up the hard drive with 5 partitions - one for the OS, one for the SWAP file, one for TEMP files, one for DATA files and one for PROGRAM files. I have just connected a 2nd Hard drive (which was a pull from another system) Both hard drives are 20 GB. The second drive is showing a primary partition (H) with 5 GB, a Logical partition (I) 3 GB and a third unallocated space with 11 GB. The hard drive is a SEAGATE which offers its own Disk Manager software.

WIN 2000 offered to format the two partitions (H & I) when I started the system.

How do I format the entire 20 GB second drive so that I can use it with GHOST? Can I use WIN 2000 to do that?

I have Partition Magic 7.0.

So three weeks ago I installed Windows 7 RC, and I was happy with it. So happy with it, in fact, that I proceeded to install quite lot of applications on it.

Anyway, last night I was installing the Dreamweaver CS4 trial, downloaded officially from their website. All of a sudden my PC froze, task manager wouldn't open, so I hit the reset button.
After that, windows would normally take an hour to boot. It would stay at the windows loading screen for an hour, then boot into windows, and the first time it did that, I realized that it was no longer detecting my 160GB E:.
My partition configuration before this problem was this:

C: 15GB
D: 50GB
Remaining drive space lost due to partitioning
E: 149GB (which is the standard available space on a 160GB sata)

When my PC finally booted into Windows, I checked msconfig, and under BOOT it said "Windows 7(recovered); defaultOS; current OS".
Every time before showing the Windows loading screen, I also got a message saying some startup entry was preventing my computer from booting properly, and I should start the windows Startup Recovery from the disk.

I checked online, and on a few forums it said my MBR was corrupt. So I put in the Windows 7 installation disk, went in to Repair My Computer, waited, clicked on Startup Recovery, it ran for a few seconds, rebooted, and my problem was still there. I tried safe mode, and even safe mode took hours to boot. I tried Last Known Good Configuration, same problem.

Another solution told me to boot to DOS using the Windows setup CD and run the following command:
bootsect /nt60 /$something$
I dont remember the exact command, but I know it was right, cause it's an official Windows 7 command, like fixmbr in Windows XP.
Anyway, that didn't work either.

I finally found a utility called MBRFix:

I ran it's default command:
mbrfix /drive 0 fixmbr /yes
But that didn't work.
I also tried mbrfix /drive 0 fixmbr /vista, but that didn't work either.

As another forum suggested, I told MBRFix to CLEAN my MBR and then fix it, so that it would right a new one...

And tragedy struck...

As of now, Windows won't recognize any of my drives.
When I insert the Windows 7 setup CD in the drive, in the place where you're supposed to select a drive to install windows to, it shows C: 74GB UNCALLOCATED. It's showing my first physical drive as unallocated, its partitions are not showing up. And its not showing my second physical drive at all.
All linux live cds wont boot. Ubuntu and Knoppix drop me to a VERY LIMITED SHELL.

By default, if I dont insert any media and let the PC run, it comes to a NO BOOT DEVICE FOUND screen.

And now I have no idea what to do.
I obviously want all my data back.
BIOS is detecting all my drives properly.

I currently have access to a friends laptop, but I dont know for how long, so here's hoping you can get back to me ASAP.
I am sufficiently tech savvy, so I won't have a problem resorting to any amount of complicated instructions, I can only hope my data remains untouched.
I friend of mine suggested that installing Windows 7 to a USB drive and through it QUICK FORMATTING the original C: would restore it to normal usage without touching the data, but I don't know it this method would work with a drive hiding TWO partitions within it.

ANY amount of help would be appreciated,
Standing by for instructions,
Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.2 GHz
80GB IDE (two partitions) + 160GB SATA (no partition) HDDs
RJ45 Ethernet jack (LAN card unknown)

Hello everyone, I want to thank this community for such a well maintained website. It is really helpful.

I want to let you know that EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition v 5.0.1 will not create partitions out of the unallocated disk space I made in my hard drive using this application. When I put the mouse pointer over the unallocated disk space, the feature for creating partitions does not get available.

I am starting to think that the OS i'm using doesnt allow any more partitions. It's Win 7 Home Basic. The machine is a HP pavilion dv4 laptop computer. The partition master 5.0.1 shows me a display more or less as follows, indicating that I have four partitions:

: SYSTEM NTFS 199.00MB (size) 32.14MB (used) 166.86MB (unused) System (status) Pri/Log (Primary)
C: NTFS 226.81GB (size) 161.64GB (used) 65.18GB (unused) Boot (status) Pri/Log (Primary)
* Unallocated 58.80GB (size) 0 B (used) 58.80GB (unused) None (status) Pri/Log (Logical)
D: RECOVERY NTFS 12.18GB (size) 10.16GB (used) 2.02GB (unused) None (status) Pri/Log (Primary)
*: HP_TOOLS FAT32 103.34MB (size) 7.42MB (used) 95.91MB (unused) None (status) Pri/Log (Primary)

It isn't the first time this happens, I remember trying to create a new partition with Win 7 integrated application but having always the same results. Is it because the unallocated disk place appears as logical but it should be primary?
Well, I'd be pretty thankful if anyone has some lights about this respect, because I really don't have the smallest clue.

Kindest regards!