Windows 10: Windows 10 Install says I don't have enough space Solved

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  1.    06 Oct 2014 #1

    Windows 10 Install says I don't have enough space


    I have a 2 terrabyte HD as a backup/file server in my machine. My C drive is a 500 gig SSD. I partitioned the HD and left 625 gigs for Win10.
    I originally had a problem because my BIOS was not set to Legacy, but I fixed that.
    NOW the install program says I don't have enough space to install the program. I have 625 gigs.
    I also tried selecting my SSD, which has a 24 gig partition, and got the same message.

    How do I get past that?
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  2. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       06 Oct 2014 #2

    mac173173 said: View Post
    I have a 2 terrabyte HD as a backup/file server in my machine. My C drive is a 500 gig SSD. I partitioned the HD and left 625 gigs for Win10.
    I originally had a problem because my BIOS was not set to Legacy, but I fixed that.
    NOW the install program says I don't have enough space to install the program. I have 625 gigs.
    I also tried selecting my SSD, which has a 24 gig partition, and got the same message.

    How do I get past that?

    How are you installing? As the primary OS, dual boot, or VM?

    This might be a problem:
    My C drive is a 500 gig SSD. I partitioned the HD and left 625 gigs for Win10.

    I'm sure you meant something else ...
    No, I get it - the HD / SSD difference.

    Is the 2TB HD external?
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  3.    07 Oct 2014 #3

    The 2TB is internal. It used to be my primary drive and has Win 7 on it. I installed the SSD and made it the primary drive in the BIOS, but Win 7 on the HDD is still bootable. I partitioned that drive and left a 625 partition to install 10.

    Both my SSD and HDD are MBR drives. I am not sure how this happened, but Win10 would not install on either. I found a setting in the BIOS to enable Legacy drives, and the install program stopped giving me the error message that my drive was MBR.

    NOW, when I select the 625 gig partition and try to install, it says the drive does not have enough room to install the OS. Take a look at the pic to see Disk Management window.

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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       07 Oct 2014 #4

    You can try to create a partition on the 625GB first, assign a letter then try again.
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  5. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       07 Oct 2014 #5

    Thanks for the disk management shot - it's a big help

    Is Win7 on both drives?

    A few things I'd try first:

    I'm not sure which active partition (System Reserve on Disk 0 or Data on Disk 1) the machine uses to bootstrap. Probably System Reserve on Disk 0. This is a common misconfiguration when people do not remove a physical drive before installing a new drive.

    Disconnect the HD (Disk 0)
    Connect the SSD to the port that the HDD was connected - should be Disk 0 now

    See if the machine will start - if it does not then see this tutorial
    Startup Repair - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Run the startup repair 3 times - without restarting - even if it says Ok.

    Reconnect the HDD - should be disk 1 now
    Stop here and post another disk mgmnt screen shot.
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  6.    07 Oct 2014 #6

    Ok, follow along this, it's convoluted.
    I disconnected the HDD (Disk 0). The machine booted, no problem. I shut down the machine, reconnected the HDD and got this......
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    So, I shut down, disconnected the HDD, and rebooted with only the one drive and got this....
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    THEN, I reconnected the HDD with the machine running (don't yell, I know...) and got this....
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    YAY. But, being the skeptic that I am, I rebooted.......
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    So apparently my machine really, really wants that HDD as (Disk 0).
    Know any way to make it change its mind?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       07 Oct 2014 #7

    You have both disks marked as Active and you also have 2 reserved 100 MB partitions. Only one disk should be marked Active.

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  8. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       08 Oct 2014 #8

    mac, could you do me a favor and change the label on the HDD 100 MB part to something this old brain can easily identify as the HDD part? Maybe HDD_100MB would be something I can wrap my head around.

    This doesn't have anything to do with solving the issue, but I can be easily confused when looking at disk mgmnt shots.

    Thanks - don't sweat it .. it's not really important.

    Post 5 and 7 are more germane to the issue - where you physically connect the SSD and changing the active flag. If your machine won't boot - see post# 5 re: Startup repair - three times!

    Bill
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  9.    08 Oct 2014 #9

    Thanks, I am posting this from Windows 10. Switching the wires and running Repair did the trick. I had tried to just make the SSD active, but that made the machine unbootable. Switching the wires was kind of involved (fat hands, big vid card, yadda, yadda....) but that worked.

    Thanks very much for the help, I never would have gotten this install done without your help.
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  10. Posts : 2,034
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       08 Oct 2014 #10

    Glad that we could help. Thanks for reporting back
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