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Hey, so i was upgrading from xp to vista and after i told it to format and then told it to install, the installer said it couldn't find a suitable drive (even though it showed me the 300 gig partition i wanted to put it on). then it froze up and i had to restart, now it tells me it can't find bootmgr when i try to boot from the disk to install or without the disk(since i formated). How do i get it back to a state where i can boot and try to install vista from scratch again?

would clearing the cmos do that?
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so when digging through the bios i noticed it swapped up my boot order...i switched it back and booted into the install..but it still won't recognize my hard disk even though it shows it as a selection for installing... any thoughts? are there compatibility issues with hard-drives and vista64?
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Is the Hitachi the only hard drive on your rig?
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yes it is, and it is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145129 drive, claims works with vista but i never even thought to check that when buying harddrives
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post #5 of 10
You need to format the HDD before you install the OS on it.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xHassassin View Post
You need to format the HDD before you install the OS on it.
He's doing an upgrade though. That will erase all his data.
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He's doing an upgrade though. That will erase all his data.
Erm, if he's doing an upgrade, why did he format in the first place?

I'm thinking he deleted his partition when he was trying to update, and now can't install...
    
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post #8 of 10
If he has a working computer, he can download a Ubuntu install disk and repair his partition, I would think.
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post #9 of 10
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lol actually i had an old ubuntu live disk which i used to recover my harddrive...i was "upgrading" as in switching too...i did a clean format because i didn't need to keep all my old stuff. Not sure what the problem was but booted into ubuntu set it to reformat the drive and loaded vista on it just fine the second try. lucky though b/c my laptop cannot burn cd's and not sure if the mobo supports boot from usb, thanks for the advice aardobard
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You are welcome for a lucky guess!
Thanks for the +rep
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