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    I decided to upgrade to Win 7 because of increasing failures with XP. And while at it, decided to buy a Solid State Disk (SSD) on which to do a clean install of Win 7. But I can't get it to install.

    The install never really gets started because I get to the "setup is starting" message, and then shortly after get a message "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation." I have no idea what this means.

    I have formatted the SSD as NTSF 4096 byte blocks in advance of trying to install Win 7. The SSD is 60GB, and during my installation attempts is the only disk on the system (all others powered off). It's an OCZ series 2, if that makes any difference.

    Win 7 is an "upgrade" version, as I also own Vista.

    I decided to try to install Vista on the SSD to see if it would go, and then I would upgrade. But I got the same exact error message. Vista is the "full" version, not an "upgrade".

    I hope that someone can point me in the right direction, please. Very frustrating!
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    Bob Chapman

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    By what means did you format the drive?
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Hi Bob,

    Check out this MS Knowledge Base article that addresses what needs to be done to configure a dynamic disk to accept a Windows installation. If you see RAID in your future hard drive setup, dynamic disks are required.

    Also, SevenForums has a tutorial on how to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk if that is what you would rather do.
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    You shouldn't have formatted it but let 7 do it.
    http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/wi...RTEX#Windows_7

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    Thank you Gerald and veegertx for the links provided above. I don't have an SSD yet, but will in the near future.

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    There is a possibility with later model SSD that Win 7 may not include correct driver's. I'm not sure but there is that possibility cause I don't have one yet
    You can include Drivers on a usb stick or floppy.
    http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-...tml#post156386
    be sure to read on down I made a mistake when calling it X64 when it should be amd64

    Far as him pre format I don't know solution except plug in and basically fdisk it.
    You really don't need to format disk now day's, let the Win 7 disk do it.
    SSD I don't know or use their utility's from their website to make it right again

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    Thanks, Gerald. The Knowledge Base article had enough info in it to solve my problem.
    Bob

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    Thanks for posting back your resolution of the problem, Bob. Glad to hear it is no longer an issue.
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