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I am installing Win 7 on my new PC and I am just wondering if I should partition my hardrive. I am not a PC person. But why do you need to partition the hardrive and do you need to do so? Ny hardrive is an SSD 250gigs. Thanks
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can you explain why you are wondering about partitioning?
what is your pc setup?
"... I am not a PC person ..."  ==>  Then just install Windows 7 to a single partition (i.e. the whole drive).     Be be sure you set up a reliable backup process for your data ... I've found that the easiest for most folks these days is to use one of the cloud backup services -- Carbonite is excellent and very easy to set up.
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I am having problem in installing Windows 7. It won't partition my brand new Corsair 250Gigs SSD. After I chose Custom install, I got the screen where it shows my SSD. When I click on Next, Windows says that it was unable to partition the drive and that's it. Any thoughts?
Does the drive have partitions on it already in custom - advanced?
At the screen where the installer shows the current drive structure, what does it show?

You need to highlight the space you want Windows installed in -- if it shows unallocated, that's fine (it will create a partition);  but if nothing's highlighted, the installer can't continue.
I selected the disk 0 partition 1 and click on Next. It says that Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log fiels for more information.
Since it's showing a partition (disk 0, partition 1), you've somehow apparently created a partition that's too small for the OS.

DELETE all existing partitions on the disk -- then tell it to install in the unallocated space.
Moreover the drive has gpt format and the problem is that existing efi record cannot be overwritten or second one created. So one need to delete everything as mentioned above.
I did that and it says Disk 0 Unpartionned. but then when I clicked on Next, it gave me the same error.
My SSD is a Corsair Force GS sata3 240gb.
A few questions ...

(1)  Are you booting directly to the Windows 7 DVD ?

(2)  When it shows Disk 0 unpartitioned, are you highlighting the unallocated space BEFORE you click on Next ?

(2)  Is the BIOS set to BIOS or UEFI mode?

(3)  Is the SATA mode set to AHCI ?
- Booting from USB Windows 7 64-bit
- Yes highlighted then click Next
- It is BIOS because it says version 1807. How do I know if it is uefi mode
- Sata is set to AHCI.
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garycase,
I did exactly what you just described

nobus,
Your pic is so small I could not see the detail but I have the bios display screen like yours. It is in ez mode.
you have access to the more advanced options in advanced mode, at top and bottom
It's fine to use UEFI mode -- in fact it makes it easier to change options, and improves performance.    When you are at the screen where you have to select which partition to install to;  first be sure there are NO partitions -- i.e. it's all unallocated space [Delete any current partitions];   then CREATE a partition (that's one of the options at that point) -- you can use the whole disk if you want -- and THEN tell it to install to that partition.
I did that and it did not work.
Okay,  you've either got an issue with your Windows 7 install media;  a bad SSD;  or some incompatible setting in the BIOS.

I'd do two things (in either order)  ...

(a)  Try booting directly from the Windows 7 DVD ... I know this requires you to install a SATA DVD drive, but I presume that by now you have one (it's been a few days since your question where you learned you had bought an incorrect IDE drive).

(b)  Try installing to a different hard drive -- any old SATA drive you have will work fine ... don't activate Windows on it, as you'll probably want to install it again on the SSD, but this will at least confirm whether or not it's a drive issue.
I don't have the optical drive yet.
I put my new SSD in my usb docking station on my existing old PC and it cannot see the drive.
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I plugged in my old SATA drive and I have no problem installing Win 7 on the new PC.
Clearly you have a defective SSD ... just get it replaced and all will be well :-)
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