i have a compaq computer, pentium 4 w/512M RAM, 80G HD, cd-rw, and dvd+/-rw. it came with winXP, and after a while i added a second, 10G, hard drive, and installed Suse 10.0 onto it, dual-booting with Grub. when i found i was using Suse more than XP, i deleted my XP and installed Suse on the 80G hd. because i was no longer using XP, i took out the smaller hd. now, i have put it back in, and want to install windows vista on it. i have reformatted it with the vista installer's 'format drive' option, but then, when i try to install vista, it says something along the lines of 'windows was unable to find a system volume which meets our criteria for installation.' it is a full 10G, completely empty (theoretically) hd.
i have tried the format option with vista installer several times, and so far it hasn't worked. i have tried taking out the 80G, leaving it with only the 10G, as recommended by users at a windows help forum, but then it won't boot to anything, even to the dvd. So, another option i have considered, is to partition the 80G (i have a good 50G free, and i'd only allocate 10-15G), but i don't know how to do that, when that's the drive that my main (and currently only) OS is on. I don't want to have to go through an entire reinstall just to install vista. right now, i'm kind of at a dead end.
sorry for the trouble, but i am, after all, a