I am going nuts reinstalling Windows 7 on one of those Acer aspire all-in-one... The original OS (Windows Professional x64) was not starting, after the initial screen the BIOS was prompted. So
Step 1: I tried to access the system partition and reinstall everything but could not get to that point
Step 2: I set the BIOS to native IDE and I tried to insert my original copy of Windows Professional and do a clean installation, but it does not allow me to format/create another partition for the installation mask
Step 3: I tried to install Ubuntu and I cleaned the whole hard drive, I was getting an error at some point during installation so I decided to get back to Windows
Step 4: Windows 7 again, at the disk screen of the Windows installation I opened the prompt and played around with
- I listed the disk and the HD was disk 0.
- I selected disk 0.
CLEANed disk 0 successfully.
- I tried to create a
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARYbut gave an error about the cache being corrupt and the disk not being up-to-date (after I tried to create a partition in disk 0 it disappeared when I try
LIST DISKand I have to restart before it can list DISK 0 again.
RESCANdid not work).
CLEAN ALL(2 hours) and succeeded.
- Tried again to create a primary partition and failed, same errors
- Tried to install my old copy of Windows XP Pro and it seems to work, it creates a partition, formats (only "quick" worked, slow mode was at 0% and after 1 hour so I stopped), it starts installing and at around 90% installation it says it could not copy a file and it stops.
- Back on Windows 7 again, it says that the hard drive has 490+GB unpartitioned but won't create a partition and format.
- I tried again with
DISKPARTas I thought I messed up the MBR when I installed Ubuntu, so I did all of these instructions.
The errors were:
the system partiton was not found, Data error cyclic redundancy check
A device attached to the system is not functioning
But it did not work, and I still can not partiton/format/install on a blank HD. I tried some bootable clean disk tool and started an infinite loop on the same errors.
The BIOS setting are: SATA: native IDE. If I set AHCL (or something like that) it does not load the HD and the DVD. Quick start/quiet start: disabled.
Are there any other options or tools I can try before I change the HD (that is my last option)?