nobeernotv wrote:it says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style".
Well, this confirmed your hard disk was indeed GPT formatted.
However win7 64-bit supports uefi/GPT , so I wonder you have some issue of getting the wrong version of Win7 iso, I read win7 32 bit does not support GPT/uefi.
I do not think your issue is related to 4 primary partitions.
Win7 loves to be in Primary.
I cannot help you on anything uefi/GPT because I have not learnt.
As you are 12-yr with Mac and suddenly try both Win/Lin on the new laptop with GPT you have a very steep learning curve.
Please wait for someone else to help if you want to keep the hard disk in GPT format.
I would suggest you convert your GPT format to old legacy ( msdos, MBR) format, then your installation of Win7 32-bit or 64-bit and MOST linux OS will become much easier..
If you want to take this route, you could also simply convert the current 4 partitions in GPT to the same partitions to msdos.
My Asus laptop came with uefi capable, however, it can boot any msdos usb hard disk and usb sticks.
since you have no trouble booting Win7 CD you should not have trouble installing Win7 into msdos formatted hard disk.
Just in case you run into booting from USB drive problem or usb flash problem, you may have to go to your bios and disable uefi..or something similar.
Here is what a good step-by-step procedure from someone who had done ithttp://www.firewing1.com/node/610#gpttombr
take note these steps seems very long, but when you do it, it is quite short
As the person was using fedora, thus his instruction was yum...
Since you are using LinuxMint, it is using apt-get ...
I would simply translate that for you so that you can follow the steps using Mint DVD.
1. boot and run from LinuxMint live DVD
2. to install gdisk, do these on terminalsudo su
( this get you into root prompt #)apt-get update
( this let you update from repos)apt-get install gdisk
( this let you install gdisk to your Live LinuxMint)
3. you have nothing to backup so skip his step 4
4. now you attempt to convert GPT to msdosgdisk /dev/sda
.....from here on you follow those detailed steps in the linkr
when done quit the gdisk withq
at the end you should have a msdos partition hard disk.
now, you exit gdisk and use fdisk command to just confirmfdisk -l
( this would let you see the msdos partitions table and details, such as similar to one hard disk I have)
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Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107861504 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773167 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e18be
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 20482047 10240000 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sdb2 20482048 61442047 20480000 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 61442048 114853887 26705920 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb4 114853888 155822079 20484096 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
another check is another commandparted -l
( this should let you read a line that say partition table : msdos)
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Model: Seagate FreeAgent Go (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 10.5GB 10.5GB primary fat32 boot
2 10.5GB 31.5GB 21.0GB primary ext4
3 31.5GB 58.8GB 27.3GB primary ntfs
4 58.8GB 79.8GB 21.0GB primary ntfs
I wasn't sure what you meant when you wrote under your instructions for Partition #2 to "assign it to /"
This is part of the Mint installation steps.
When you are at this step , you get similar to this image but yours have different partition layouthttp://www.linuxbsdos.com/wp-content/up ... 00x371.png
you would select /dev/sda2
then next step, image similar to this http://www.linuxbsdos.com/wp-content/up ... stall3.png
you would select
1. full size
2. use as : click and choose ext4
3. format the partitions: click it with a tick
4. Mount point : click and select /