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Fresh Vista Install: Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

I have 1 SATA drive, no jumpers
1IDE DVD drive on its own chain
No card readers.

The drive is marked as active, one partition 244GB. I had a 34GB drive in there as active, same issue.

I am attempting to reimage my existing vista business sp1 machine (Dell Dimension 9100 with 3GB ram), which was an upgrade from XP pro with the Microsoft action pack Vista biz sp1 DVD. I booted off the cd. I formatted the c: drive using the advanced disk options. Highlighted my new 38GB (I know very small, but a system partition) and clicked next to get "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation" I ran the diskpart tool and formatted the drive with NTFS, same issue. I then repeated with the 255 GB drive, same result.  

I have used acronis disk director to format and ensure that the parition is active and is NTFS.

I copied the setupact.log file to my working machine with this information in it:

Input Install: Not a PS2 device.
2008-11-13 09:51:26, Info [0x0a000a] UI Autorun:Autorun core successfully initialized!!!
2008-11-13 09:51:26, Info [0x0a000b] UI Autorun:Autorun UI successfully initialized!!!
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI AppWindow has layout style 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI NavWindow has layout style 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI NavWindow has layout style 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI Page with ID 2018 returned 0 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI Page with ID 2002 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info UI Page with ID 2002 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:27, Info [0x0a011c] UI WizardDialogPost::SetActive
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info [0x0a018b] UI User selected the language en-US for installation.
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info [0x0a0190] UI User has selected the locale as en-US.
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info [0x0a0191] UI User has selected the keyboard type as 0409:00000409.
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info [0x0a0134] UI Accepting Next. Exiting Page Install Windows.
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info UI Page with ID 1200 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info UI Page with ID 1200 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info UI Entering Page Install Windows.
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info UI Page with ID 2002 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info UI Page with ID 2002 returned 1 for CanPageBeActivated with choice 0
2008-11-13 09:51:45, Info [0x0a011c] UI WizardDialogPost::SetActive
2008-11-13 09:51:48, Info [0x0a018e] UI Passing command line parameter ("X:\Sources\setup.exe /HideWelcome /uilanguage:en-US /targetlanguage:en-US /Targetinputlocale:0409:00000409 /Targetuserlocale:en-US /HideOOBELangPage:TRUE") to IBS.

Any ideas would be very helpful? What is the "criteria"? These links were no help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927520, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933925 

Nick
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Ghoti_AZCommented:
Had the disk been configured as a Dynamic Disk? That can sneak up on you, sometimes.
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abilitytoAuthor Commented:
I saw that in the misc discussions around the web, so I made sure that diskpart formatted as a non dymanic
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abilitytoAuthor Commented:
After 3 days of trying about 20 or so different configurations.  I GOT IT!!!

The boot order on my machine was set to:

1  USB Device
2 -  CD Rom
3  SATA drive.

There was no USB Device present, so I changed it to:

1  CDROM
2 -  SATA Drive
3  USB Device

It worked!  How crazy is that!   I have done so many of these reimages with windows versions over the years and could do many with my eyes closed.  I never had this much trouble to think to have to change the boot order.  

Thanks for the help!
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