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Here's the story. I bought this new Samsung 840 250GB SSD.
I first did a clean install of windows 7 on it and it worked fine. Windows installed without much problem and everything. Then something didn't look right about the partitions. It looked like because I had all my HDDs connected while installing windows on the SSD the windows created the system reserve on the old HDD rather than the SSD. So I went back and decided to start from scratch with all the HDDs except for the SSD disconnected. I tried reinstalling windows on it but this time it didn't work. I tried formatting the SSD and it just gave me an error saying windows couldn't install on a GPT disk. I went into bios, made sure the PC was booting from the UEFI DVD drive and it still kept giving me the same error.

So I then booted up my old HDD. I tried formatting my SSD and now I can't delete the partition!
This is what my disk set up looks like:
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If I click "extend volume" on the "New Volume (G:)" disk, it says "there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
If I try to create a "new simple volume" on the "unallocated" partition, it says the same...

Have I destroyed my new SSD now?! I just want it to work like a new clean disk... frown.gif
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    Looks like it has been converted to a dynamic disk as well.  I'm assuming that you have nothing valuable on the SSD (G:\).  Right-click where it says "New Volume (G:)" and click "Delete Volume."  If it won't delete, I have a program that will delete it for sure!  Assuming that the volume is now successfully deleted, the whole disk (Disk1) should be unallocated.  Right-click the square on the left that says "Disk1" and click "Convert to Basic Disk."

    Now: the System Reserved partition is only needed if you're ever going to use BitLocker drive encryption.  If you're not going to use it, create and format a new NTFS partition spanning the entire SSD before shutting down your system.  If there is a possibility that you are going to use BitLocker, leave the SSD "unallocated" and Windows setup should create a System Reserved partition on the SSD for you during setup.

    Shutdown your system, unplug the HDDs, make sure that the SSD is plugged into SATA0 (or 1, if the numbering on your motherboard is 1 based).  Then start Windows 7 setup and let it install Windows on your SSD.

    After Windows is finished installing, shutdown your system again and reconnect your HDD(s), leaving the SSD in SATA0.  Boot into your BIOS' setup, and make sure that the SSD and the CD/DVD drive are the only devices in the boot order.  If you can't remove devices from the boot order, just make the SSD and the CD/DVD #1 and #2.  This should ensure that the SSD remains Disk0 when you reconnect the HDDs.

    If Disk Management can't delete partition G:, I have a program that can be used to zero out the partition table on Disk1, and then it will be like a brand-new uninitialized disk with no partitions. thumb.gif


For further reading:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg441289.aspx
http://www.mydigitallife.info/hack-to-remove-100-mb-system-reserved-partition-when-installing-windows-7/
 
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Hey, thanks for replying. I managed to delete the New Volume (G:) but when I right click on the Right-click the square on the left that says "Disk1" the only options it gives me are "convert to dynamic disk" and "convert to MBR disk"...

what should I do now??
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    Maybe it automatically reverted to a basic disk when the last partition was deleted.  Look in that square where it says "Disk1".  Right underneath that it should say "Basic" or "Dynamic."  If it says "Basic" you're ready to go! thumb.gif
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I used commandpromt and used diskpart to clean the disk and it did it! Now the disk no longer has any partitions!! So I guess I finally managed to succeed!

Now to initialise disk its asking me to select between MBR and GPT. Which one would you recommend me to select??
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    I believe MBR is the correct option (I'm not that familiar with the DiskPart command).  To double-check, go to Disk Management after initializing the disk and verify that it labels your SSD (Disk1) a basic disk.  Alternately, Disk Management could be used to initialize the disk.  You would select "Basic disk."
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Thanks a lot for the replies. I actually ended up going down the GPT route after doing lots of reading and everything seems to be working fine at the moment!
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