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I've got a Samsung NP700Z5B that we wiped the hard drive, and are re-installing a volume license version of Windows 7 Enterprise. The first phase goes fine. But, during disk selection, it shows me disk 0 as an 8GB disk. Disk 1 is a 1TB disk. I've selected disk 1 as the disk to install Windows, but after it reboots for the first time, it just gets stuck in a reboot loop. My theory is that it is booting the boot partition on disk 0, and the rest of the OS on disk 1, so it boots, can't find the OS, then reboots, can't find the OS, then reboots, ad nauseum...

How do we configure / tell the windows installer to IGNORE that drive?

Normally, I would just disconnect the device, but I can't find anything to remove, so I think this might be a hybrid drive.

How do I get Windows to install?
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by:nobus
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what system is this?  probably you have to use the manufacturer's install tools
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by:noxcho
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Your drive is a so called hybrid drive which has a 8GB SSD flash chip on board of 1TB HDD drive.
To install the OS on such drive - select 8GB drive. It will put the OS onto it.
Once installed you should configure the OS the way that it installs programs etc etc onto 1TB part of the drive.
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by:Jackie Man
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Select 1TB drive to install the OS as 8GB is just too small for the OS.
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by:noxcho
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Select 1TB drive to install the OS as 8GB is just too small for the OS.
He tried this. That is his problem actually.
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by:Experienced Member
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My Windows 7 virtual machine needs 50 GB of disk space. As noted above this is your issue.
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by:Jackie Man
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You need to have the factory recovery DVD. Normal OS setup method will not work.

http://superuser.com/questions/487564/how-to-install-windows-7-on-a-hybrid-hard-disk
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by:noxcho
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A tricky way would be preformatting 8GB flash and setting a hidden flag to it. Then run Windows installation and select 1TB drive. After this the installation must ignore 8GB and go directly to 1TB.
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by:nobus
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>>  You need to have the factory recovery DVD. Normal OS setup method will not work  <<  as i said in my first post
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by:Jackie Man
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@ nobus

It is sadly the only way. Other method might work but is a trial and error game.
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Turns out, it was a UEFI bug. I disassemled the laptop, found the hard drive and confirmed it was a regular old 5400 RPM spinning drive. No other "flash" media could be found. Anywhere.

I eventually burned the ISO to a DVD ROM, and it installed fine. But, of course, to do that I had to change the boot to legacy mode, and then select the DVD ROM. This time, only one hard drive showed up: the 1TB spinning drive I had found when I disassembled it.

Screwy. Samsung. BIOS.
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by:DrDamnit
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Because the other solutions didn't work, and this did.
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