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Windows 7: Win 7 won't install on SSD

13 Nov 2010   #1
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Win 7 won't install on SSD

I'm trying to finish a new build with an ASUS P7P55D-E Pro with an Intel I7-860. I'm trying to install Win 7 (64 bit) onto an Intel X-25 SSD which is already formatted and has the latest firmware revision. The machine POST is perfect and the BIOS shows all hardware just as it should be...........but when the Win 7 DVD has loaded the files into RAM and shows "Starting Windows" the whole process just stops and sits there with nothing happening. Apparently the software can't see or recognize the SSD which is powered and ready (according to the BIOS and tests on another machine) and I can't figure out what is the problem. Anybody recognize this problem or have any thoughts? Thanks in advance.


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13 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

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13 Nov 2010   #3
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Thanks but no luck.

Those pages you suggested were for systems that were already working or would permit the Win DVD to load to the hard drive. On my new machine Win 7 won't install past the "Starting Windows" screen on an empty hard drive in a brand new machine. Everything should be in shape for a normal install but it just won't load the install on the hard drive. Thanks!
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13 Nov 2010   #4
whs
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Intel X-25 SSD which is already formatted
Does that mean you only formatted the SSD to NTFS or did you do more to it? Can you see it in "Computer" and what does it say regarding free GBs?
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13 Nov 2010   #5
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Since it won't boot there is not any chance to "see it" in any case. I used another machine and an adapter to format in in NTFS and then upgrade the drive's firmware to the latest revision. the install is NOT complete, just barely started in RAM and not in the hard drive.
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14 Nov 2010   #6
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Did you check your Boot Order in BIOS?
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14 Nov 2010   #7
eldinv

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Where did you get your Windows 7 DVD?
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14 Nov 2010   #8
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mendopaul View Post
Since it won't boot there is not any chance to "see it" in any case. I used another machine and an adapter to format in in NTFS and then upgrade the drive's firmware to the latest revision. the install is NOT complete, just barely started in RAM and not in the hard drive.
Yaeh, I meant checking it in Computer when attached to another PC. It would be interesting to know whether there is a problem with the free space. Flushing the firmware can be pretty tricky too. But if it did format to NTFS, I guess then it should be OK.
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14 Nov 2010   #9
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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Intel X-25 SSD which is already formatted
Does that mean you only formatted the SSD to NTFS or did you do more to it? Can you see it in "Computer" and what does it say regarding free GBs?
I used a USB adapter and hooked it up to another machine and upgraded the Intel firmware to the latest version and then formatted it with NTFS. It now looks like an empty hard drive on the other machine but it's back installed in my new machine and NOT available somehow to the Win 7 DVD. (It can't be seen in "Computer" because Windows isn't running......won't install......but it is seen correctly in BIOS.
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14 Nov 2010   #10
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
Where did you get your Windows 7 DVD?
I got the "System Builders" version of Win 7 64 bit Home Premium from either Newegg or Amazon..........non-shrinkwrapped version. I tried another DVD of Win 7 32 bit and it won't load either. That reinforces the belief that it's a hardware problem, right?
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