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Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

  1. #11


    Posts : 11
    win 7 ultimate

    More on Finding Disk to Install Win10


    I want to thank everyone. It would appear that you can use diskpart per Mark Phelps or the method of alphanumeric.

    Following Alphanumeric's most valuable advice I finally got the ten install to do an MBR install. I perceived my many mistakes. I was then able on the next round to do the op system and boot onto a 8TB raid 0 from the MB set of two 4TB hard drives (which uses Intel softwear ). Wow! I am writing from that boot. Disk speed seems fine. I see no issues.
    I can later decrease the size of the boot partition.
    A key stumbling block was the use of the word "new" in the install. That needs to be used to create the several partitions. I found out how to use "New" by trial and error once Alphanumeric put me onto it.

    I ended up with C: as my boot drive but along with several other real drives the D: drive as "System Reserved 316MB free out of 349MB." What is this? Can I delete it?

    Roe5685

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    System Reserved is a hidden system partition created by Windows during the install. My advice is to just leave it be, its only small. UEFI installs will add a similar EFI hidden partition. I just leave them alone. You can get rid of them but its hardly worth the effort. If you don't do it right you'll end up with a no boot scenario.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    win 7 ultimate


    I want to thank Mark Phelps and with due respect profusely thank alphanumeric. His deep insights were most helpful.

    In summary for a GPU install on a very large harddrive or raid 0 the alphanumeric tips and references have you manually prepare the flash drive. You might not get it right the first time if you have preconceived notions like I did. However when you boot up the target machine you will get the EFI boot option. If not go back and again prepare the flash drive.

    The next critical step is to again follow Alpahnumeric's tips and references but most important is to use the "New" command in the install screen to make the several partitions. If "New" is not in bold try delete and then try "New" again. It is possible to do an MBR without using "New" so you must recall "New".

    Thanks again. I am marking this as solved.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


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