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Default Mini 10v wont let me install Win 7 Starter... :-( - 08-17-2010, 08:09 PM

I have my Mini10V setup with the 160gb partition with OSX and it works flawlessly, well worth $30 price tag.
Now, I want to partition the drive by cutting it in half so that I can put the copy of Windows 7 Starter on the other partition.

I managed to use the "Disk Utility" and partition the drive into two pieces and I formatted Partition #2 with FAT (80GB).

Now I would like to install Win 7Starter and everytime I try to do says

"Non-system disk"
"Press any key to reboot"

Please can someone help me with this problem?
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Cool 08-18-2010, 05:34 PM

1st I think you should format the partition as NTFS or at least FAT32, 2nd what are you using to try to install Win 7 (you really should install a version better than Win 7starter..starter is too limited in many ways), if its a USB thumb drive, did you format that as NTFS and make it bootable, also have you gone into the BIOS and set the boot device to "Legacy USB"?

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Default 08-18-2010, 11:28 PM

I would have definitely chosen NTFS as the second partition for my Win7 to go on, however that wasn’t an option for some reason in the Disk Utility that I was using. Well I copied the Original Install CD (Win7) that was bundled with the computer onto a USB Flash drive. I also did the steps in the DOS command window, as an administrator so that it can boot from the USB Stick.

I know that I should use something better than Windows 7 Starter. But this is what I have for now so I was going to see if I could get it to work. I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my desktop computer.

So when I restart I have the pen drive in and I press F12 and choose boot from USB. But I am not 100% sure it says “Legacy USB”. I will check that later on tonight.

Thanks for welcoming me to the forums; I really appreciate your helping me with my Mini10v.
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Default still stuck - 08-22-2010, 05:49 PM

Hi there,

I am using the USB utility to format my external hard drive in hopes to have a bootable windows 7. I am not sure which options to check on this screen:

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