Windows cannot be installed to this disk.

  1.    12 Jul 2018 #1

    Windows cannot be installed to this disk.


    I'm having problems installing windows 10, on my new mobo.

    This is my motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX3

    Troubleshooting history:

    1) Booting from USB. Got the usual "A Media Driver Your Computer Needs Is Missing"-error, fixed that easily by hitting Cancel, and unplug/replug the USB.

    2) Installation wizard couldn't find any disks. Showing an empty list. Fixed this by unplugging the SSD entirely from the computer. Then restart the installation wizard, and when it comes to the "selecting a disk"-step i replugged it back into the system and hit refresh, and there it was. By BIOS also recognizes the disk, so no problems there.

    2) To my knowledge this "new" mobo doesn't have UEFI support, and is EFI/legacy only. Nowhere in the BIOS is there an option to enable UEFI. Meaning that the disk has to be of the MBR partition style. So i did this in the command prompt:

    list disks
    select disk 1
    convert mbr
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick

    So now i have a MBR/NTFS partitioned harddrive, ready to install windows 10. Not so fast! I get this error message:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

    And if i try to convert the drive to GPT partition style, i get: "This drive is of the GPT partition style"-error. Meaning that windows prefers my disk to be MBR, since im booting in EFI/legacy mode. Makes sense. But when i convert it to MBR like described above, i get the above error message ^^.

    What is causing this? I have run out of options, i cant think of anything else to try. Please help me. Ive sitten with this for 2 days now. It's very frustrating, messing with my sleep pattern. I just want this to work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,617
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       12 Jul 2018 #2

    Hi jm0. Welcome to the TenForums @jm0

    Section 2.6.2 of manual - disable Quickboot until installed. Only have your SSD installed, no other storage.

    Section 2.3.4 of your manual, how have you got OnChip SATA channel configured? I would recommend AHCI?

    You might also try to "Load a driver" before installing Step 12 of this tutorial.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    I would do your diskpart commands all the way up to and including clean. Let Windows set partitions and actve etc.

    The driver you need is likely storage, Asus has one listed under Windows 7 64 bit OS on their web site

    Might just try the diskpart up to and including clean before trying to load driver.

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 2,241
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       12 Jul 2018 #3

    What are you trying to install Windows 10 on ?

    A SSD, A Hard Drive, A M.2 ?????????????

    You are getting the MBR or GPT error because you are not choosing the right boot device, you have to choose a UEFI installer to install windows on a GPT Disk or choose what I guess we`ll call a conventional installer ( I have no other way to describe it) to install Windows on a MBR Disk.

    As shown here you can clearly see the 2 choices for the same Lexar USB stick.

    If you want to install on a MBR disk then your Bios has to be set to Legacy mode, and you would choose the usb stick WITHOUT the words UEFI in front of it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Boot Menu.JPG  
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 2,241
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       12 Jul 2018 #4

    If you are getting a driver message during an install on a Asus motherboard then create an installer using Asus`s EZ Installer software, it`s very simple.

    Go to Asus, and look up your board, click on support, Drivers & Tools, choose an Operating System (in your case W10) then scroll down to utilities.

    Download the EZ Installer software and just follow the directions.

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,617
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       12 Jul 2018 #5

    This is an old board if I looked up right number. Almost nothing listed for Windows 10.

    BIOS does not look it supports UEFI.

    Most files on Asus site are for Vista and Win 7
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6. bro67's Avatar
    Posts : 5,298
    Mac OS High Sierra 10.14.3 Beta (18D21c)
       12 Jul 2018 #6

    Reset the CMOS and bios by pulling the battery and change the position of the jumper on CLRRTC to clear the CMOS. (See page 1-17).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
So I bought a new WD Black 6TB disk and I decided to reinstall my windows 10 (using a recovery disk) on the new hard drive. However, I tried to do it and the title error came up. I have tried many fixed including formatting the drive, using diskpart...
My OS had too many issues since I upgraded fromWin 7, installing Win 10 on top. So I decided to Clean the disk, format it and make a fresh installation. Before installing I turned the PC off and disconnected the other disks (please refer to my...
So basically I'm trying to boot an ISO to windows 10 home and I used Rufus for it. Idk if I used for wrong settings but it says: the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks.
Hello my friends, I keep getting an error when I install Windows 7. I want to install Windows 7 alongside Windows 10. windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk is of the gpt partition style I read solutions to this and...
Hi all I've done the free update today from windows 8.1 to windows 10 I'm guessing if I reset my laptop to factory settings I would be back on windows 8 and after the free download period is up I wouldn't be able to update to windows 10 again....
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:51.
Find Us