Windows 7 Setup partition problem

Hi everybody,

I tried to install Windows 7 on my laptop with a setup disc (I earlier formatted the whole hard drive as it had a virus). At the select partition screen, no matter what I try, I always get the message

"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information".

I googled the problem and it seems quite common, however I still couldn't solve it.

Please tell me what to do

EDIT: Just solved the problem. Simply had to add HDD to the boot priority list in BIOS :)

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Thanks for posting a fix. Drives not being recognized can have several reasons and be quite confusing..

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