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Cannot re-install Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8 discussion' started by NGT, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. NGT

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    Hi,

    I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro at the beginning of the year and all was ok. However, I did notice my PC crashing overnight about once every couple of weeks and I'd have to re-start it the next day. It still then fired up into windows 8. However, about a week ago it started crashing everynight. it did boot to windows a few times but then it started to auto repair when I re-booted in the morning. The repairs did not work and with the Windows boot disc I couldn't upgrade again so decided to go for a complete fresh install.

    I have 2 disk drives on the PC. 1GB which is my main c: drive and where I originally installed Windows 8 and 1 170MB drive which I just used to copy things too. However, when I selected "custom" and "Drive 0" (which is my 1 GB c drive) it goes to the next screen and just hangs.. the "Copying Windows Software" stays at 0% and after about 10 mins I get the message saying it cannot access drive 0. I've tried this a number of times and even when I select Drive 1 (my 170 MB drive to install Windows 8 on instead) I get the same Drive 0 error.

    I'm not technical but have looked at a number of forums. I've installed Linux Puppy and used Gparted to try and re-partition the drives. this works ok for the 170 MB drive but the 1 GB errors and it cannot be re-partitioned. or formatted.

    I've also accessed the DISKPART tool on the command prompt.. did the "Create Partition Primary" for the 170 MB drive and then formatted ok gave it a d: letter. tried the same for the 1GB drive and it failed with a "The Parameter is incorrect" message.


    Not sure if this is the issue where there's a recovery partition on the drive as the original Windows 8 install was on this drive but I can't see it in any of the tools. I have also seen elsewhere that it could be on the "a: drive". I don't have a floppy and I can't access this in the command prompt but in Gparted it says there is an a: drive that's mounted.. I have then unmounted this, done all of the above again and it still doesn't work.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    thanks.

    NGT.
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    maybe your hard drive is crapping out which might explain the errors you are getting. desktop or laptop? namebrand as in hp, dell or a clone?
     
  3. megadunderhead

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    it's how the new o.s formats the drive is where your issue is at i went back to windows 7 after my h e double hockey sticks with windows 8 i found out windows 8 uses a newer version of the ntsf partition when the partition is working your fine however you try to reinstall windows 7 it can't find the hard drive because windows 7 doesn't understand the ntsf partition which results in corruption of the hard drive however there is a solution you need another windows computer that you can hook the hard drive to as a secondary hard drive and then format and zero the drive this is the only way to kill the ntsf in windows 8 once finished your hard drive will be good as new
     
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    megadunderhead, don't think it is the ntsf issue as would not have been able to install windows 8 at all.
     
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    actually you would be able to still run the installer it would just fail half way through with a blue screen of death and error code 300949 then restart i noticed its better to make sure your drive meets the latest standards as well for windows 8..
     
  6. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    wrong on the 2nd part & most likely wrong on the 1st part as well.
     

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