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Hey folks,

 

Here's my issue. I've tried clearing my disk and starting with a fresh Vista Premium install on my 250 GB WDC Hard Drive. I installed it with the full 250 gigs on a single partition.

 

The first thing I do in Vista is shut off the User Controls, then I go manage my disk and shrink it 30 GBs. I then proceed to use diskpart to partition my disk with id=af. This works, however I've got a bit of an issue. When I "detail partition" on my new partition, it is shown as hidden.

 

DISKPART> select disk 0

 

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

 

DISKPART> list partition

 

Partition ### Type Size Offset

------------- ---------------- ------- -------

Partition 1 Primary 184 GB 1024 KB

Partition 2 Primary 49 GB 184 GB

 

DISKPART> select partition 2

 

Partition 2 is now the selected partition.

 

DISKPART> detail partition

 

Partition 2

Type : AF

Hidden: Yes

Active: No

 

There is no volume associated with this partition.

 

DISKPART> active

 

DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

The issue with this, is that when I run the OS x installer, I don't have any drives available to install it on.

 

I'm pulling my hair out here! I'm open to using any tools to make this partition work correctly. I do want you all to note that I tried using Acronis Disk Director before I formatted as I was getting the same issue with my past Vista install (which is why I tried a fresh start). I tried using disk director to create the partition and set it active. When I did that, diskpart still said it was hidden.

 

Any hope?

 

Please note that I'm installing using the uphuck 10.4.9 V1.3 universal. My machine is a Turion 64X2 with 2GB ram. Let me know if you need more info from me.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Boot with your Vista DVD and run diskpart in comand prompt. Then do the following:

 

type "select disk 0" or whichever disk you're having problem with.

 

type "select partition 1" or whichever partition you're having problem with.

 

type "select volume 0"

 

Type "attributes volume clear hidden "

 

Type "detail volume" to make sure "Hidden" is set to "No"

 

exit and exit.

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You might need to erase the partition you want to install OSx86 on to format it to HFS+.

 

On my system, I first formatted the intended partition as FAT32. From the OSx86 installation DVD, I erased the FAT32 with Disk Utility and formatted it as HFS+. Twice.

 

This allowed me to choose this partition as the installation destination.

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Boot with your Vista DVD and run diskpart in comand prompt. Then do the following:

 

type "select disk 0" or whichever disk you're having problem with.

 

type "select partition 1" or whichever partition you're having problem with.

 

type "select volume 0"

 

Type "attributes volume clear hidden "

 

Type "detail volume" to make sure "Hidden" is set to "No"

 

exit and exit.

 

So I followed your directions, and it doesn't look like there's a volume associated with the partition I've created:

 

DISKPART> list partition

 

Partition ### Type Size Offset

------------- ---------------- ------- -------

Partition 1 Primary 184 GB 1024 KB

* Partition 2 Primary 49 GB 184 GB

 

DISKPART> detail partition

 

Partition 2

Type : AF

Hidden: Yes

Active: No

 

There is no volume associated with this partition.

 

DISKPART> select volume 0

 

Volume 0 is the selected volume.

 

DISKPART> attributes volume clear hidden

 

DiskPart failed to clear volume attributes.

 

DISKPART> detail volume

 

There are no disks attached to this volume.

 

Read-only : No

Hidden : No

No Default Drive Letter: No

Shadow Copy : No

Dismounted : No

BitLocker Encrypted : No

 

Virtual Disk Service error:

There is no media in the device.

 

 

The arguments you specified for this command are not valid.

Any idea as to why that is?

 

Isn't there a way to create a startup disk that can erase all partitions and create an HFS+ that will work instead of using Vista?

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BTW...I should also mention that I cannot see my hard drive at all within the Disk Utility on the OSx disk. I can only see my DVD drive. Am I missing drivers? Do I need to mount it first? It's a 250GB WDC drive.

 

Here are my machine specs:

 

Specifications

Operating System

• Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

Processor

AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58(1.9GHz | 512KBx2 L2 Cache | HyperTransport™ technology @ up to 1600MHz)

Display

15.4" Widescreen Ultrabright™ WXGA TFT (1280x800)

Chipset

ATI RS690T Chipset

Memory

2048MB DDR2 667MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 x 1024MB), Expandable to 2GB

2 DDR2 Slots (Total) | 0 DDR2 Slots (Available)

Video

ATI Radeon® X1270 with up to 256MB of HyperMemory™

Audio

High-Definition Audio - 2 Channel

Built in Speakers

Hard Drive

250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive1

Optical Drive

Slot Loading 8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD+/-RW with DVD-RAM

Write max: 8x DVD+/-R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 2x DVD-R DL, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R and 16x CD-RW disks

Read max: 8x DVD-R/RW/ROM, 4x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R/RW/ROM disks

Digital Media Reader

5-in-1 Memory Card Reader

Secure Digital™ (SD), Multi Media Card™ (MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick™ Pro, XD

Communications

56k ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)

10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

802.11abg + Draft N Wireless LAN

Interfaces

3 - USB 2.0 ports

1 - HDMI V1.2 connector

1 - VGA connector

1 - RJ-45 ethernet port

1 - RJ-11 modem port

1 - Headphone / SPDIF audio out

1 - Microphone

1 - Kensington lock slot

1 - AC adapter connector

Multimedia Buttons

Metal Razr Style

HDMI Interface

Yes

Webcam

1.3 Megapixel Integrated Webcam

Pointing Device

Synaptics Touchpad with Vertical Scroll

Expansion Slot

PCMCIA - Type I or Type II

Battery Type

6-Cell 2200 mAh Lithium Ion battery

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In Windows, Control Panel, Administrative Tasks(?), Computer Management, Disk Management, you should be able to select your Disk(a.k.a. Volume) and any partitions on those volumes. Find your WDC250 (I have the same one) and hopefully you'll see your HFS partition there. If you right click on the partition, you should get a list of options, and one of those options should be "Unhide." That should do the trick. Also, you may want to check out MacDrive, which has a free trial that should get you through all of this. Helpful if you need to copy files over to the OSX partition from Windows, but also nice because it will format the drive properly if you're having trouble with the Windows stock tools.

 

I used the Kalyway DVD to format mine properly, after deleting all partitions and leaving only unallocated space, but I used the method above when I installed from a flat and it works just as well.

 

And yes, the disk must be mounted before it can be partitioned.

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