Thanks gregrocker, I have actually followed the Clean Reinstall tutorial. I have no peripherals connected except the USB drive which contains the windows installation files. Now, the thing is - I had previously installed Windows after I 'offlined' the integrated SSD using diskpart, however this time it is not working. Another thing I noticed is that when I go to Load Driver - there's an X drive noted. I think that it's part of the USB drive, however when I go to disk part - there is only one volume noted - the C: on the USB that contains the windows install. I have no idea where the X: is located and how to disable it if it is part of the integrated SSD.
SSD is first to load, then USB. I've tried both AHCI and IDE mode to install. I have also done the SSD - HHD Optimization and defined a primary NTFS active partition on the SSD and that also gives me the same error. I don't understand how it worked the first time when I offlined the integrated SSD, but not when I do it this time...
Do you think it's this mysterious X: drive that shows up when I try to browse to Load Drivers? It's titled Boot (X
and under it are 4 folders - Program Files, sources, Users, Windows. Are those my old Windows files from my previous install? I feel like this is the key to getting it to work. I don't remember Boot (X
being there when I installed the first time.