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Windows 7: Win 7 won't install on SSD

14 Nov 2010   #11
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

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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.
While checking it in the other computer it showed up as drive K. Would that make a difference in a new build with no other drive connected?


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14 Nov 2010   #12
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What SATA port is the SSD connected to?
What mode is the SATA port set to.... IDE/RAID/AHCI?

Try swiching thing around to see what happens.

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While checking it in the other computer it showed up as drive K. Would that make a difference in a new build with no other drive connected?
No. That's just saying the drive can be recognized and is working. Sounds like a problem between your system and the drive.
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14 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, it looks like a hardware oddity.

Try this: define a partition on the SSD using the whole space. Use the bootable CD version of this program (see in the left pane of their website) BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. Then try to install to that partition. One advantage will be that you do not get the 100MB seperate boot partition.

But before you do define the partition, align the SSD on another system using your enclosure. SSD Alignment
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14 Nov 2010   #14
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mendopaul View Post
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.
if windows doesn't see the drive or just talk to it correctly then I would pursue the driver angle ?

the relationship between chipset and device controller might need a driver that windows 7 doesn't have ?

maybe try in windows PE selecting "Have driver disk" during install process, and then try having Windows installation update the driver ?

It could be one of these drivers ?

let us know how you get on
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14 Nov 2010   #15
spyknee

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mendopaul View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
While checking it in the other computer it showed up as drive K. Would that make a difference in a new build with no other drive connected?

Yes, the W 7 install disk will be looking for a C:\.

I do not believe you should have made and formatted the partition on another machine, Hence the k:\ notation. More than likely the other machine was up to K in its drive letter assignments. It treated the SSD as a new component in that system.
The SSD should have Intels version of a secure erase done to it, now. After getting drive back to a factory state plug it to SATA port 0. The CD rom should be plugged to SATA port 5, set as boot device. Allow the W7 install disk to do everything, do not format the partitions it creates. Choose a partition size if you do not want whole drive used. Then just step thru the process like normal. It will create a system reserve partition, just ignore it. W7 uses this on the sly.
It will create a large partition for OS.
luck
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14 Nov 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
While checking it in the other computer it showed up as drive K. Would that make a difference in a new build with no other drive connected?
No, it does not matter how it showerd in the other computer. K is probably one of the USB ports on the other computer.
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14 Nov 2010   #17
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

When you updated the Firmware did you follow the instructions exactlly as stated by Intel?

Perhaps I missed something but seems the drive disappeared after the FW update?


I would disconnect ALL SATA and IDE devices from the PC.

Connect only the SSD in the 1st SATA port, and if you need the DVD drive, connect it to the last one.

Boot up and see what the bios shows.




--> If it shows the SSD:
Switch to AHCI mode.
Boot from the DVD.

At the Install Screen, open a cmd prompt (Shift+F10)

In the cmd window type the following commands:
diskpart
list dist
select disk (number of SSD drive, likely 0 -- So it would be select disk 0)
clean
exit

close the cmd prompt and proceed with install as normal.

Do not create any partion, or format.
When it asks where to instal, just select the SSD and click next.
Windows will handle the rest.

See if that helps.

Intel drives have a Secure Erase feature if you need or want to run it. It is part of the SSD tools kit.

However, its usually not required, even for re-installs.
Clean or clean all prior to installation is generally all thats needed as performance is not affected.
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14 Nov 2010   #18
mendopaul

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

My apologies for exercising you folks but I should have done this first: I installed the latest BIOS Rom file and that solved the problem. Apparently the ROM version I had downloaded still didn't recognize this SSD but the problem is solved. I thank you for your help!
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14 Nov 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem, we all learned something.
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15 Nov 2010   #20
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mendopaul View Post
My apologies for exercising you folks but I should have done this first: I installed the latest BIOS Rom file and that solved the problem. Apparently the ROM version I had downloaded still didn't recognize this SSD but the problem is solved. I thank you for your help!
Well there you go Glad to hear you got it fixed.

Happy computing.
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