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Windows 7: Windows cannot be installed to this disk

26 Feb 2014   #1
BrightonBob

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Windows cannot be installed to this disk

I purchased a new Seagate 240 GB SSD to install Windows 7 64 bit on. I am unable to do so, getting the message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The computer's hardware may not support booting top this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." I have the BIOS set to AHCI and the SSD is the only drive in the machine. I tried partitioning and formatting and making the partition active in my Windows 7 32 bit installation, but still no success.

I cleaned the disk with diskpart, then attempted again. As soon as I get to the page with the drive listed, windows shows the exclamation point and says "Windows cannot be installed on this drive." I loaded Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller from Intel the download refreshed, but still the same. I also tried the drivers from the ASUS site (slightly different filename), same result.

As a point that I don't understand but may be relevant, Windows 7 loses the drive, then reacquires it over and over. I have watched it in BIOS and it seems to be stable there. I also have a Windows 8 installation and the drive is stable there,also.


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26 Feb 2014   #2
trowieuk

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Create the partition with diskpart and mark it as active like this


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26 Feb 2014   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
As a point that I don't understand but may be relevant, Windows 7 loses the drive, then reacquires it over and over. I have watched it in BIOS and it seems to be stable there. I also have a Windows 8 installation and the drive is stable there,also.
Is Windows 8 installed?
If YES.
Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

What is the make & model of the motherboard?
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26 Feb 2014   #4
BrightonBob

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Suggestion by trowieuk was not successful. Same error message.

I presently have a dual boot system with Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 8 64 bit. My motherboard is Asus P5Q Deluxe. I am trying to install Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD. I have one essential program that will not run on W8, but I want to go to 64 bit for Adobe Photoshop CC. I will attempt the screenshots requested, but I need to boot into W8 first. Will make new post.
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26 Feb 2014   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrightonBob View Post
Suggestion by trowieuk was not successful. Same error message.

I presently have a dual boot system with Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 8 64 bit. My motherboard is Asus P5Q Deluxe. I am trying to install Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD. I have one essential program that will not run on W8, but I want to go to 64 bit for Adobe Photoshop CC. I will attempt the screenshots requested, but I need to boot into W8 first. Will make new post.

Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8/8.1, will not install to a FAT32 formatted HDD.
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26 Feb 2014   #6
BrightonBob

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Yeah, I caught that. I formatted NTFS. Still the same error message though.

Do you still think the screen shots will help?
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26 Feb 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Set the BIOS to IDE and only once the system is running set it to AHCI - but set Windows 7 also to AHCI.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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26 Feb 2014   #8
user31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If it is a SSD you can simply copy your contents over via firewire cable (if it contains one). Also, it has to be formatted NTFS for it to work with 64 bit.
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26 Feb 2014   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Is your SSD SATA2 or SATA3, as your motherboard has SATA2 ports, no SATA3.
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26 Feb 2014   #10
BrightonBob

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Set the BIOS to IDE and only once the system is running set it to AHCI - but set Windows 7 also to AHCI.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
I have already done that. Everything is running in AHCI
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