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Windows 7: New SSD, stuck at startup motherboard screen

09 Feb 2013   #1
war hawk

xp pro, 7
 
 
New SSD, stuck at startup motherboard screen

I recently got my first SSD after me original HD crashed and lost the windows files. So I decided to get windows 7 for it, I tried installing it from a USB and read the thread about it but with no luck. So I decided to go with my original windows xp cd and then upgrade to windows 7. I started up the comp and had it boot from cd, formatted the new SSD and installed the windows xp files. My comp then rebooted as normal for this and now it stays at the Asus motherboard screen for about 35-40 sec before going to a black screen with the blinking _ at top left and restarts just to do it all over again. I can hit Tab and if gives me the info, detects the Cd-rom, SSD and my usb keyboard. I have the option to hit alt+f2 to load the flash drive, but there is none saved in bios. I hit Del to run setup and everything is detected. WhenI fit f8 to try and boot from the SSD (to let windows continue to install) it goes to the black screen _ flashing or restarts immediately. I have used this windows cd in the past with no problems.


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09 Feb 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Bad mistake to install XP on a SSD. XP does not support Trim and will muck up the SSD. Before you install Windows 7, I recommend to to a Secure Erase to cleanup the SSD.

Then define a primary, active partition on the SSD (e.g. using cmd of the installation disc). These are the commands:

Diskpart
List disk

Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit
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09 Feb 2013   #3
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

To Partition a SSD that you will have an OS installed. I recommend this

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK #
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY ALIGN=4096
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ACTIVE
EXIT
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09 Feb 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
To Partition a SSD that you will have an OS installed. I recommend this

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK #
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY ALIGN=4096
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ACTIVE
EXIT
What's new. Didn't you read the post above yours that has been sitting there since 2 hours.
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09 Feb 2013   #5
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Yes I read the comment you said 2 hrs ago. If you read correctly it says " recommend " . You mention the alignment of 1024 . SSDs are erased in 4K blocks.
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09 Feb 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Yes I read the comment you said 2 hrs ago. If you read correctly it says " recommend " . You mention the alignment of 1024 . SSDs are erased in 4K blocks.
Right. But anything divisible by 4 is OK for the alignment.
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09 Feb 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi War Hawk welcome to SevenForums .

Take a look at this link to do a Clean Install Windows 7 and if you have a 2nd mechanical hard drive you could move your Users and ProgramData folders away from the C:\ drive ( SSD DRIVE ) by taking a look at this link User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Note : If you have 2 hard drives 1) SSD and the 2nd is the mechanical make sure only the SSD drive is plugged in. If you want to do it that way of moving your Users folder away from the C:\ drive. Your Users folder will grow in time . ( music , photos, etc )

If your motherboard is a UEFI board go to this link first UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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09 Feb 2013   #8
war hawk

xp pro, 7
 
 

I tried the secure erase program, tried for hours and different methods with no luck. For whatever reason when I reboot and select to good from usb. It will go through the whole process, option 1...ect. up untill the last thing before the partition magic is suppose to load. It wont mount the ISO file.I tried differnt usb sticks, nothing. Now when I plugged it back into my laptop sata to usb, Im missing 33 gigs. Now it says 447 free, on a 480 gig ssd. Under my computer/ manage it said formatted partition. Im confused on where 33 gigs went to. I did take screen shots, are we allowed to post links on here?
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09 Feb 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sure, you can post links.
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09 Feb 2013   #10
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

War hawk might want to take a look here Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs

Regarding your 447 usable space on your 480GB SSD. That does sound about right
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