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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
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    no partitions


    Hi. I installed a 2nd hdd in my laptop thru the dvd drive. I would to install another os on it, but I get an error message saying that there are no partitions and read the log files. I refomatted the drive, but I still receive the error message. I have an Acer Aspire E17. Can I install an os on the 2nd hdd or just use it as data. Any help will be appreciated. deanie44
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
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    It would help to know what OS you are trying to install on the 2nd HDD.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
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    Why do you need another Operating System ?

    Just use it as storage.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #4
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    Post a full shot of Disk Management with the 2nd hard drive installed.

    When you 1st installed it, did you get any pop up windows asking you to initialize it ? Did you do that ?

    Let`s see what it looks like in Disk Management.
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #5
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    Here is the picture of disk managClick image for larger version. 

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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6
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    You need to delete Disk 1 to unallocated space then create 1 partition out of the entire drive and give it a letter and label it.

    You can't use it because nothing`s lettered, right now it`s a mess. The only usable partition is Raw.

    Disk Management may not let you delete those system partitions, if it won`t then install Partition Wizard, it will do whatever you tell it to do.

    This is just an example of how it should look when you`re done, no system partitions, no recovery partitions, just 1 large Primary or even a Logical partition for data.
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7
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    recovery partition


    AddRam, thank you for your advice. Following your advice the recovery partition will be deleted. Willl I need the recovery partiton to reinstall the OS? I do not have an installation dvd. Any thoughts will be appreciated. deanie44
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by deanie44 View Post
    Hi. I installed a 2nd hdd in my laptop thru the dvd drive. I would to install another os on it, but I get an error message saying that there are no partitions and read the log files. I refomatted the drive, but I still receive the error message. I have an Acer Aspire E17. Can I install an os on the 2nd hdd or just use it as data. Any help will be appreciated. deanie44
    The answer is yes, . However, I have never seen a messy disk layout like yours. Normally the disk layout for Windows would be:
    450MB Recovery partition, 100 MB EFI Partition, 16MB MSR partition (hidden from disk management) then the C drive in this order.

    The 100MB EFI partition is the most important partition, it contains the boot code to boot windows and you only need one. Without it, you won't be able to boot.

    Looking at the layout, I don't know which one is needed for Windows to boot since you have so many of them and I assume it's the 4th one from disk 0. To make sure it's the one, disconnect disk 1 then reboot if it works.

    The Recovery partition just contains tools for diagnostic and trouble shooting, windows still works without it, however, you won't be able to boot into the Recovery environment to diagnose/fix if something goes wrong but you can also boot into the Recovery from the installation media with USB/DVD.

    If Windows still boot without disk 1 connected then shutdown, reconnect, reboot then open the Admin command prompt and type:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    exit
    exit


    This will wipe out everything on disk 1. Open disk management and initialize/format and use it as data storage or install another OS on it.

    EDIT: If it were my laptop, I would also fix the disk layout on disk 0.
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  9.    3 Weeks Ago #9
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    @deanie44 ,

    Use @topgundcp's diskpart commands to wipe the second hard drive clean. Then download the Windows 10 ISO file to your primary hard drive using the Media Creation Tool. Click on the download tool now button:
    Download Windows 10

    Once you have the ISO file downloaded, mount it (right click on it, select Mount). A new drive letter will open, looking like a DVD. Go into the Sources folder. Run setup.exe from the sources folder. When you get to the option for upgrade or custom install, select custom install. Disk 1 should be shown on the next screen as nothing but unallocated space. Highlight the unallocated space and click next to install Windows 10 to the wiped hard drive.
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  10.    3 Weeks Ago #10
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    Hi NavyLCDR. Thank you. I clicked on the link, but I cannot find his diskprt commands. Please help me find them
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