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Windows 7: Install issues SSD drive

04 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7
Install issues SSD drive

I am trying to install windows 7 on an SSD drive but everytime it reboots and goes to setting up windows screen it comes up with a fail message to restart and try install again...and then the boot up loses the drive altogether....I have ahci mode set in the bios could this be an issue..??

Cheers for any help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

Have you checked the manufacturer's website for firmware updates for the ssd?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Could be, I would switch to IDE mode then switch back to ahci after install. There are a couple of easy ways of doing that that can be found searching this forum.

I personally just put the BIOS into ahcoi mode after install, then loaded windows in safe mode and let it update the drivers, then rebooted normally and it was all go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


If after changing to IDE mode it fails again please post back the verbatim error message.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Install in IDE mode, after the install completes use this tutorial at the link below.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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05 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7

Right have tried twice this morning to install on a clean disk cleaned & partitioned with DISKPART.

Install all goes fine till first reboot then you get windows starting globe flashing then fails with BSD.

Then run repair disk from cd and start up repair comes up with unable to fix with the following error message

External media
Failed during start up

Am i to take it that means it doesnt like some media plugged in ..??
As the only things actually plugged in have been the graphics card, keyboard and mouse and the actual SSD hard drive its installing to...

Any further suggestions..??...thinking maybe dry a normal sata hard drive instead of SSD but will defeat the object really..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7

Have just tried installing to a Samsung sata 500gb drive and install hung at completing installation...and when trying to reboot started at setting up services then came up with message windows restarted or cam across an unexpected error and cannot continue,please click ok and restart installation and just continues in that just gonna try repair disk on this install now...more to follow..

Repair disk just asks to take out and usb camera or other items attached to computer which i only have keyboard and mouse attached both via usb surely they couldn't be the issue as there is only a shared keyboard/mouse ps/2 port anyhow so have to be usb for one of them..?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

Where did you get the Windows 7 installer from, perhaps it's bad and has something to do with the issue, if it's one you burned from an ISO file try another burn using the burner at this link below, burn no faster than 4x and select the program to do a "verify" before it finishes.

ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP


Once you confirm the install media, try uninstalling the graphics card to complete install if you can default to onboard graphics.

Otherwise try accessing Device manager during install to uninstall devices in error, likely display: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7

Great advice have changed graphics card just in case, didnt help have completed your suggestion and it comes up with lots of problems and not sure how to go forward from here...?
all the following have exclamation marks for not installed

6 base system devices

Marvel 91xx Ata device

Sms bus controller

Universal serial controller

8 unkown device

1 video card controller vga

where do i start or would it be okay to disable them all and go from there..??
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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