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Fixes for Windows Cannot be Installed to Disk 0 Partition 1

Updated on Dec 11, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
This article introduces you the causes & symptoms of Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1 issue and how to fix it using DiskPart or EaseUS free partition software.

Causes and Symptoms of "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1"

SAS driver issue, or corrupt Master File Table (MFT ) on the hard drive can make partmgr.sys (the Microsoft Windows partition manager) has lost communication with the driver after partition changes were made. At this moment, you might get "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" error message if you are attempting to install Windows 7 or 8 on a system using the internal SAS controller for the hard drives. 

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk 0 partition 1" error usually happens when the Boot Mode or Boot List Option in the Bios settings is set to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), and the hard drive is over 2 TB (terabytes) in size. When it appears, you will not be able to install windows on your computer successfully. 

Possible solutions for "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1"

When "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" error occurs, you can fix it using DiskPart or EaseUS free partition software. Both of the two solutions is free and easy. But as DiskPart will result in data loss on the disk, so we recommend you to try EaseUS free partition software, a safer way that allows you to fix "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" error without losing data. 

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Method 1: Fix "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" using EaseUS partition software

When "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" error happens, you may get the detailed messages as shown below:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."

When you get this message, you can try to convert MBR disk to GPT disk with EaseUS free partition software to fix "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" issue easily.

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition is an EFI system partition (ESP)."

When you get the second message, you can try to convert GPT disk to MBR disk with EaseUS free partition software to fix "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" issue easily.

Method 2: Fix "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" using DiskPart

At the screen where it asks you to choose which drive to install Windows on, press "Shift+F10" and a DOS window should open. 

  • type: diskpart
  • type: list disk (you should see only Disk0)
  • type: sel disk 0
  • type: clean

Close the DOS Window, click on "Refresh", select the disk that is listed, and click "Next".