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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on an SSD

01 Nov 2014   #1
MrrX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on an SSD

I have had nothing but trouble trying to install onto an SSD for the first time. I bought a Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB SSD, and have spent most of the day troubleshooting. I'm pretty sure it's a Windows Vs Samsung compatibility problem.

Issue #1 - Can't format. Error code 0x80070057.
So many people all over the internet have had this error. Nobody's posted a solution that worked for me. Many on this forum recommend Diskpart and formatting the SSD prior to installation. This didn't work. I successfully created the partition, but formatting it results in an I/O error which I couldn't get past.

However - I read something about a success if formatting the drive was successful, in windows 7, and then doing the clean install. I did that with my new hardware - installed windows on the HDD instead of the SSD. I then found a utility called EASEUS Partition Manager, installed this, and successfully formatted the partition in Windows 7.

I deleted the partitions on the HDD, and attempted to reinstall. I got past this error, and got a new one.

Issue #2 - Expanding Files. Error code 0x800745D.
I found that Windows took Disk 0 (the HDD) and created that 100MB partition on it. It then threw this error. What's that about exactly - I would think the recovery partition would need to be part of the SSD. Shut down, disconnected the HDD, restarted the install DVD, at this point brings me back again to 0x8007057.

Suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate at release (No SP)
Asus H97M Plus Mobo
WD 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA

I am restarting the HDD windows install now, and will disconnect the HDD after formatting the SSD and see if that works.


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02 Nov 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

You need the latest official installer for your version with SP1 from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Work through these steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums
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02 Nov 2014   #3
MrrX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Believe I've tried everything in Post 2's linked articles.

Attempted to format the SSD with IDE enabled instead of AHCI. Yeah, that didn't work at all.

Successfully installed windows again, on the HDD. Haven't been able to format the SSD successfully this time. What tempermental hardware, I think I'll be satisfied just to use it as a disk - I found out tonight I cannot send it back .
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02 Nov 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Can`t you format it from Windows ?
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02 Nov 2014   #5
MrrX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No. Windows is giving an error when I try to format/partition it.
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02 Nov 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would say the SSD is ready for RMA. I have never seen such a SSD behavior and I have installed Win 7 on a dozen SSDs.
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02 Nov 2014   #7
MrrX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unlucky me, Newegg will not accept the drive for return. Apparently I have to work with Samsung warranty.

I hesitate because one time, I did manage to get a functioning drive formatted. Then, I tried to install windows on it, after deleting all partitions on the HDD, got Issue #2, and now it's not behaving. That makes it sound like there's a software solution.
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02 Nov 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

The manufacturer must make it right or replace it within the first year.

Did you unplug the HD during all steps in tutorial?

Are there UEFI settings in BIOS setup for UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS or EFI items in the boot order?
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02 Nov 2014   #9
MrrX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
The manufacturer must make it right or replace it within the first year.
Thanks, I reread it all. Newegg will only replace it, no refund.

After trying a different software (Partition magic), then EaseUS again, I managed to get the SSD to a state that Windows would format it. I have formatted it successfully as a 500GB drive and it works under windows. I really don't understand why it worked.

Quote:
Did you unplug the HD during all steps in tutorial?
No. That might be what I did wrong before. Previous install was like this :
  1. Used EASEUS and formatted the SSD. Exited windows.
  2. Rebooted from DVD and started the Windows Installer
  3. Deleted partitions from the HDD via DISKPART
  4. Tried to install on SSD

I'm unsure about reinstalling on the SSD since I don't have a consistent solution for partitioning and formatting the thing.

Quote:
Are there UEFI settings in BIOS setup for UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS or EFI items in the boot order?
Yes.

CSM is enabled. The DVD drive doesn't work without it.

Boot order is :
P1 ASUS DRW-24
P3 WDC WD 2003 (HDD)

SSD does not appear there.
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02 Nov 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

New Egg is not the manufacturer. If they will replace it then I would do that first. Or you can call the manufacturer's tech support to have them help you test it, update firmware, or see if this is a known issue they can resolve. If not allowing them to RMA is another option.

The correct way to install an OS is to delete, create and format the partitions during install during Steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7.

Are you booting the installer as an EFI device or installing to Legacy BIOS? What are the exact settings choices for CSM? Is there a setting for UEFI or Legacy boot first?

The tutorial says clearly that all other drives are to be unplugged during install. What else did you skip? The skipped step is often the fix.
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