I messed up with my computer and need help.
Generally: install Windows 7 from USB.
Problem: "setup was unable to create a new system partition"
When first attempt to install Windows 7 failed I tried Linux live USB, installed distro to HDD, and erased all the existing partitions. Current state (fdisk -l): [writing from other computer so no copy and paste]
/dev/sda1 305GB Linux /dev/sda2 7GB Extended /dev/sda5 7GB Linux Swam / Solaris
To create a new, NTFS partition:
fdisk /dev/sda n (for new) p (for primary) 3 (for partintion number) "No free sectors available"
All the HDD was formatted couple of minutes before so there is a lot of free space but how to resize a parition?
I cannot find an option for resizing in
man fdisk. Some people say I should use
gparted but my distro doesn't not contain this package. And my distro doesn't support wireless drivers so I have serious problems with downloading stuff.
I tried also using
cfdisk but any command results in:
"cfdisk bad primary partition 1 partition ends in the final partial cylinder"
I tried also removing partition 1 and then creating a new one (so there is no "no free sectors"). I'm receiving a warning:
"Re-reading the partition table failed with error 16: Device or resource busy. The kernel still uses the old table. The new table will be used at the next reboot."
grub rescue, no known filesystem
It may indicate that some changes have been made BUT when running Windows 7 installed some another error:
Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.
So formatting drive using Windows 7 installer
BUT this time yet another error: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more information"
Apparently I cannot access logs (how?) and I am back to drawing board with my live USB (this time showing partition as HPFS/NTFS).
Any suggestions how to install Windows 7? Should I reinstall Linux to HDD, erase existing partitions once again, and use Parted rather than gparted (parted is included in the distro). Or maybe should I create another bootable USB such as PartedMagic to painlessly create partitions?
I just want to install Windows 7 from USB, my laptop is semi-operational and I am ready to receive some help regarding fdisk and creating NTFS partitions.
UPDATE: I did as suggested (removed all the partitions) and tried to install in unallocated space. Tried to create a new partition and format it. Same error: "setup was unable to create a new system partition"
Came to the conclusion it may have something to do with
TrueCrypt I have recently installed. Right now trying to FIX MBR (as I haven't got possibility to create rescue disc without optical drive)