Need help installing to a GPT partition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Llew, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Llew

    Llew Guest

    hello all,

    So, here is my issue. I am currently trying to install Vista Ultimate
    X64 SP1 and and I have used diskpart to create a gpt partition. The
    drive partition is seen by the windows installer but when I try to
    install I get an error saying that windows can not install to the
    selected drive because it is a gpt type. I have done all the searching
    I could and can not find any solution to my problem. UEFI is enabled in
    my bios as is required and the drive seems to be setup properly. My
    hard disk controller is a Intel Matrix ICH9R in SATA mode with no
    arrays. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Llew, Jul 28, 2008
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  2. Installing a Windows Vista x64 Edition operating system on a GPT disk is not supported.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

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    hello all,

    So, here is my issue. I am currently trying to install Vista Ultimate
    X64 SP1 and and I have used diskpart to create a gpt partition. The
    drive partition is seen by the windows installer but when I try to
    install I get an error saying that windows can not install to the
    selected drive because it is a gpt type. I have done all the searching
    I could and can not find any solution to my problem. UEFI is enabled in
    my bios as is required and the drive seems to be setup properly. My
    hard disk controller is a Intel Matrix ICH9R in SATA mode with no
    arrays. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Jul 28, 2008
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  3. Llew

    Llew Guest

    "Installing a Windows Vista x64 Edition operating system on a GPT disk
    is not supported."

    But service pack 1 lists support for installing onto a GPT disk as one
    of its features.
     
    Llew, Jul 28, 2008
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  4. Llew

    AJR Guest

    AJR, Jul 28, 2008
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  5. Llew

    Llew Guest

    Thank you for the post AJR. No I had not read that document, though I
    did try to hunt around microsofts site to no avail. I will read that
    now and see if it fixes my problems.

    As for the other questions. It was a basic disk and I used diskpart to
    create the required partitions.
     
    Llew, Jul 28, 2008
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  6. Llew

    philo Guest


    You need EFI instead of a BIOS according to this:

    http://www.itworld.com/nlswindows070220
     
    philo, Jul 28, 2008
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  7. Llew

    AJR Guest

    Note from his post "... UEFI is enabled in
    my bios...." - GPT can be used as a data disk on a BIOS computer - second
    thought here - he does not specify the processor!
     
    AJR, Jul 28, 2008
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  8. Llew

    philo Guest



    I saw that...but thought one needed EFI *instead* of a BIOS????
     
    philo, Jul 28, 2008
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  9. Llew

    Llew Guest

    Ok so here is the update on my situation. I read through the document
    that AJR linked ( thanks again) and using it managed to get to the vista
    installer. Now, I have a new problem. Vista is letting me install on
    the GPT partition, but now I am getting the following error after Vista
    extracts all the files.

    "Windows couldn't update the computers boot configuration.
    Installation can not continue."

    for those of you that want to know, my motherboard is the Intel DP35DP
    and the cpu is a Q9300. Installed ram is 1 stick of 2gb DDR2 800
    Corsair.
     
    Llew, Jul 29, 2008
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  10. Llew

    AJR Guest

    A few comments - Windows can only boot from EFI sysems - Boot manager and
    required files are installed on the EFI system partition (ESP).

    Check via the Disk managment (MMC) snap-in or Diskpart to verify the
    existence of the partition.

    This all assumes the disk is a basic and not dynamic disk.
     
    AJR, Jul 30, 2008
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  11. Llew

    Llew Guest

    Yes the EFI partition is there and has the EFI data on it. Also, you
    are correct, this is a basic disk and not dunamic.

    Any other ideas... im stumped. I am about to try reinstalling on a MBR
    disk to narrow down my problem. Will post here with results.
     
    Llew, Jul 31, 2008
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