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Windows 8 clean install does not work. *Windows cannot be

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    Windows 8 clean install does not work. *Windows cannot be


    I am trying to do a clean install of windows 8 on my laptop (Elitebook 8770W) from a USB stick with original MS Windows OEM iso. Once I boot from usb stick, at the setup screen I enter the product key and then choose advanced to do a clean install. I then choose my hard disk partition to install windows but I get stuck here with this error:

    "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1"

    I deleted the partition and choose to install on the unallocated space (150GIG) But still get the same error and when I click on the error this is what I get:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's Bios"

    In bios I have my disk set as Raid and I also have a m-sata Flash cache. If I change raid to AHCI I will be able then to install windows. But if I turn it back to raid after install I will no longer be able to boot I have to be in raid mode to use my m-sat as cache drive.

    So here I am stuck not being able to install windows I even downloaded latest intel rapid storage technology drivers and put them on the usb stick with windows setup files. When i got the error I choose to load driver. But even after that I was getting same error and windows would not install on my HDD.

    Can anyone here explain what's the right way to install in this condition (raid)?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Are all youre USB settings set to Full initialization in bios?
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    Windows 8


    @theog
    Thanks for your reply and the useful guides. I have one question remaining before I can try!
    I have a one Tera Hitachi 7200rpm Hdd with 2 partitions: 1- 150GIG for windows 2- remaining 780 gig where I have my data

    In every guide we totally wipe the HDD before installing windows. But Is it possible to clean just the first partition and install
    on it (as unallocated ) exactly like the guide but still keep the second partition with data?

    To resume I just want to keep my 2nd partition as I have data on it and no space to back that up.
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    Always back up your DATA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rezpower View Post
    @theog
    Thanks for your reply and the useful guides. I have one question remaining before I can try!
    I have a one Tera Hitachi 7200rpm Hdd with 2 partitions: 1- 150GIG for windows 2- remaining 780 gig where I have my data

    In every guide we totally wipe the HDD before installing windows. But Is it possible to clean just the first partition and install
    on it (as unallocated ) exactly like the guide but still keep the second partition with data?

    To resume I just want to keep my 2nd partition as I have data on it and no space to back that up.
    I do it. I have a 1TB drive in my desktop PC that is setup with an OS partition and a Data partition. On a clean install I just delete the OS partition and the hidden System Reserved partition, and leave the Data partition as is. Hasn't been an issue for me.
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    Windows 8


    Yes I have done this 100s of times too. I still have no solution for raid drive not being used by windows during setup!
    I found a way (install using AHCI and then switching back to raid) I don't know if this is best solution?!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The RAID setup problem may be because Windows needs a RAID driver. That or the fact that its not your standard raid setup of two identical drives.
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