August 4, 2009 at 4:40 am #28744
okay Ive been looking everywhere for help and now this is my last chance!!! i have gateway laptop, model: M-1629, window vista 32bit. my Operating system has been formatted and also my other drive. now i tried to recover it back by using my gateway operating disc but every time i try to install it and choose which drive i want it, it always says “window is unable to find system volume that meets the criteria for installation” so is there any way i can solve this problem?? please help!!!August 4, 2009 at 6:08 am #32166
First I need to ask a few more questions????
my Operating system has been formatted and also my other drive
How did you do this?Are you trying to format your computer again now with a recovery disc?Which drive are you choosing to put your operating system on? Also did you choose a FAT32 or a NTFS? Have you checked your bios to see if your primary hard drive is installed? I have more questions but I will leave you with these first....August 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm #32167AlexBarnes313Participant
I believe he mentioned Vista…that is the source of all problems. lolAugust 5, 2009 at 1:41 am #32168
okay i got this laptop from my sister and she gave me her laptop. but she didn't want me to keep her files. so she formatted the local disc C and D thinking its the right way to do it. and when i logon its cant load, all it says is “BOOTMGR”. and i have no idea whats your other question are. sorry. hope you can help me with thisAugust 5, 2009 at 2:33 am #32169
As long as it doesn't say that BOOTMGR is missing then we can probably can continue…Well it seems that the laptop is formatted clean but no operating system has been installed. If you have the recovery discs you can put disc one (sometimes only one disc, sometimes 3) in the cd or dvd drive. Start the computer and hopefully it will boot from the cd or dvd. If the disc starts, you are on your way to formatting the laptop. I gather you have done all this but ran into this "window is unable to find system volume that meets the criteria for installation"There could be a few reasons for this:You choose to format in Fat 32 when Vista will not recognize this format.Your hard drive is not pluged in properly.There is a problem with your hard drive.Someone has wiped the boot sectors from the hard drive..You are choosing to put the operating system on D when it should be on C.You can try:Try Formatting again but choosing to delete partitions, then create them again, choose NTFS low level format.See http://tips4pc.com/Articles/Windows%20XP%20Tips/how_to_format_a_computer_using_w.htm Its for Xp but will give you an idea on what to choose..Check to see if the hard drive is securely plugged in.Fix the boot sector. See http://tips4pc.com/Articles/Computer%20Troubleshooting/how_to_repair_a_damaged_boot_sec.htmRemove the hard drive and format it in an external 2.5" drive or in another laptop.Get a friend to help you.August 5, 2009 at 7:38 am #32170
thank you so much you save my life!!!!!August 5, 2009 at 11:44 am #32171
Let us know what works for you…And if not we can help more…
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