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Solved: W7 aborts install with 'cannot install on this disk'

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Alex Ethridge, Mar 27, 2014.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    Compaq Presario CQ62-410, Toshiba MK2561GSYN hard disk, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Error message:
    Windows cannot be installed on this disk.The computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

    I see no controller-related items in the BIOS.

    History:
    Computer was running fine but very slowly. I did a factory system recovery; but, it was still unacceptably slow so started a W7 install from a retail OEM disk, deleted all partitions on the hard disk and attempted the installation with the above-mentioned error result.

    Next, I tried to use an XP installation disk to partition the drive; but, it aborted with a BSOD 07b error.

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. DaveA

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    Is this a Toshiba drive in a Compaq machine?
    If so, did this hard drive come with this machine or did you add it?

    What is your source of the Windows 7 OS that you are trying to install?
     
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    According to the support site and the Computer Surgeons HP Recovery Center for the Compaq Presario CQ62-410US (XG958UA#ABA) notebook, it originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

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  4. Alex Ethridge

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    Thanks for the link to the Computer Surgeons HP Recovery Center; but, I made the factory recovery DVDs before attempting the Windows 7 installation from the retail, off-the-shelf DVD (just in case I needed a return path).

    Big-brand computers come with a lot of garbage installed and I want to see if installing Windows 7 from an off-the-shelf DVD will solve the slowness problem.
     
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    Big-brand computers also come with all of the drivers needed to support all of the internal devices that are NOT on the retail version of Windows.

    Where did you get this "Off the shelf" copy of Windows 7?
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    At this point, installing W7 from a retail copy of W7 is primarily a diagnostic step to determine if this is a hardware issue or a software issue.

    "Big-brand computers also come with all of the drivers needed to support all of the internal devices that are NOT on the retail version of Windows."

    I don't understand how this problem could be related to the store from which the W7 DVDs came and I don't want to get this thread onto tangential issues.

    Anyway, the hard disk has been removed, connected to another computer as a secondary drive and is being zeroed as I write this.

    I'll get back with my result.
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

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    Zeroing the drive fixed the problem of Windows Setup not recognizing the hard disk as bootable. W7 installed without a problem.

    Also, it seems the slowness is in the hardware, not Compaq's crapware-laden Windows setup.

    It's a Celeron with 2 gigs of RAM so why would I be surprised about slowness.
     
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    That Intel Celeron 900 2.20 GHz single-core processor benchmarks near the bottom of the list for low/mid-range processors and is probably the biggest performance bottleneck in that notebook.

    Its integrated graphics appears to use almost 800 MB of shared memory - which is a good chunk of the 2 GB of RAM in it. You might consider adding another 2 GB.

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