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GMan

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Hi,

Probably because you need to have the SATA storage driver ready on a floppy, USB, CD or DVD when going to install. When it asks where to install to, click the button to "Load Driver".

Make sure you use the same driver as how you have the bios set to: IDE or AHCI mode.

Make sure where you want to install to is an NTFS partition.
 

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pooly1

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I put the set up part on a disc then when it comes to installing it on my computer it says it cannot find any drivers, even thought it is an NTFS partition
 

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GMan

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I put the set up part on a disc then when it comes to installing it on my computer it says it cannot find any drivers, even thought it is an NTFS partition

It's not very clear if you followed my first sentence from before, or not. The problem might be happening because you may need to have storage driver ready. You have to download it and extract it so it is available, on any media I mentioned.

Which motherboard do you have?
 

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pooly1

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I have done that, and I do not know how to check what mother board I have. (sorry to sound stupid)
 

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GMan

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I have done that, and I do not know how to check what mother board I have. (sorry to sound stupid)

In Windows 7, type msinfo32 into the start menu then press Enter. Click on System Model line, then press Ctrl+C to copy. Then make a new post here and press Ctrl+V to paste it.

If that shows junky, unusable info, run CPU-Z to see which motherboard you have.
 

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GMan

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This is what it came out with:

System Model HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

It doesn't need the driver to install. A working one is part of the Windows DVD installer already, although you should install the Intel one from HP.com for your model when Windows installation is done and you are at desktop.

64 bit drivers for later when Windows is already installed - Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion g6-1c13ca Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can take a screenshot of Disk Management from Windows 7 and attach it here, so we have an understanding of how your machine is.
 

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GMan

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It's because your HDD is dynamic. You need to make it basic. There are various non-destructive ways to do so.

After, I would make sure the partition you want to install to is a Primary one.
 

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Calico

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You may have some problems converting that disk, as it has five partitions. With basic disks there's a maximum of four primary partitions allowed and unfortunately, conversion from dynamic to basic takes place at the disk level.
 

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GMan

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Was just reviewing this thread - If you need help, we can delete the System partition so you are only left with 4 of them instead of 5, by doing a few simple things such as adding a driver letter to it, copying the boot files to another location, then setting the machine to boot from there instead by setting active.

When done, the first partition can be combined with the second shown, to make the space they have now both into one partition.
 

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Calico

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how would you make it basic?

The only freeware I'm aware of is testdisk, However, using any utilities such as this, there's always a chance of loosing all your data, so back up anything you need first. Also, as mentioned above, you'll have to rearrange/consolidate your partitions before you try the convert process. For that, I'd personally look at using one of the free partition managers
 

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GMan

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In Disk Management, assign the System volume a drive letter of M:

Then copy the bootmgr file from root of M: to C:

Then copy the boot folder from root of M: to C:, and skip over the files it says it can not copy.

Open an elevated (Admin) command prompt to run this command (you can copy/paste with mouse):

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

When that is successful, go to Disk Management and set C: as the active partition.

Reboot. Check Disk Management to make sure that C: is now also the System volume.

If so, you can format M: then use any utility that can merge volumes/partitions. I recommend Acronis Disk Director but there are many that can do it.

Once this is all done, you can convert the disk to a basic disk and then after, proceed to install Windows 8.

Here seems to be another freeware tool to convert disk types, but I have never used it, so choice to use or not is yours of course. Just giving choice in addition to Calico's seemingly excellent suggestion (I have never tried that either):

Free convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss under windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Server 2000/2003/2008 32 bit and 64 bit.
 

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Calico

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It's great that Easus are providing the facility in their free partition manager, testdisk works well but is a bit of a pain to use, so I'd recommend going with this instead of testdisk. :thumb: As an aside, Easus will also manage your partition merge...
 

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GMan

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Unfortunately, I found a problem with that plan. It seems dynamic disks do not have any volumes set as active at all, so you can not change which volume is active.

You might be able to merge the first two volumes on the drive and just reboot, but that's a tough call.

Before attempting to do anything though, as said a few times, definitely backup the drive first.

You might be able to copy the boot folders and files to a USB flash drive in the manner shown, then set bios to temporarily boot from the active USB, instead.
 

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Calico

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It may be easier to remove the 'Windows Partition', which appears to be empty - is this the partition you were going to use for windows 8? - Once removed. convert the disk. It will be easier to make other changes once there's a basic disk in place...
 

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pooly1

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Ok, it's sounds easier to try somthing else! How to you put windows 8 onto a memory stick so I can just boot it of that?
 

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