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Windows 7: New SSD - Questions

12 Apr 2011   #31

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Yes Sir, just reading the link you forwarded! Thanks for that.

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12 Apr 2011   #32

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i'm not sure if this is related, or just totally spurious, but when i installed my ssd, i also enabled ahci in bios - since then i tried installing xp (for a cheap laugh), but ran into problem at early stage of install, so abandoned it.

can't remember exact error message, sorry.

what a useless post
With XP you need to load the AHCI drivers at the start of the install. Otherwise it will always fail. XP, any SP (to my knowledge) does not include any AHCI drivers so if they aren't loaded at the beginning of the install (at the prompt to load 3rd party SCSI drivers hit F6 [I think]) the install always fail.

Back on topic for the OP.

This is probably why your current install on your old HDD gave you a BSOD when you tried to boot to it. You probably enabled AHCI in the BIOS when you installed the SSD. And when you did a fresh install of 7 it loaded the correct drivers, as they are included in 7.

But have you tried to boot to your old install of 7? If you did how did that go.
Actually I think 7 doesn't have a problem dealing with the BIOS set to AHCI even if you haven't made the proper registry edit to enable AHCI in the OS.

I know I had AHCI enabled in the BIOS then loaded a older 7 image on my HDD that I had not made the registry edit in and it booted right up, no problem.
No, I never tried to boot the older Win7 install on the HDD after I installed it on the new SSD. And it is long gone now, as I formatted that part of the HDD.

I have however tried to load the old XP install on the HDD but to no avail.
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12 Apr 2011   #33
Microsoft MVP


Let's back up to where we left off with you last week.

You agreed you wanted to boot the OS HD's independently via the BIOS, correctly?

So you installed Win7 on the SSD, plugged in alone and set to boot first? And it ran OK?

Then you unplugged it to install XP to the SATA HD?

Is this what happened? If not, give us the steps you took exactly.
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12 Apr 2011   #34

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Hi Greg,

I did as instructed with Win7 on the SSD and it ran fine.

I never unplugged the SSD or did a fresh install of XP, it was already on Sata HD.

I then plugged in the HDD and when I was sure that Win7 was running good on the SSD, I formatted the old System partition which housed Win7 on HDD.

I noticed the WinXP install on the HDD that (was on F: drive), became D: drive afterwards.

I then tried to boot into XP, but to no avail.

I figured a repair XP install would help, so I ran that but all it did was screw up my boot for Win7 on SSD. And, WinXp would not boot either.

Not knowing what to do next and being 3am,(I figured all you good folks would be snoozin) I then reinstalled Win7 on the SSD.

Spent a few days getting it back to where I want it and with all software loaded... again...

I then used EasyBCD to configure a dual boot.

When I attempted to boot into XP, it gave a 1/2 sec view of the Windows XP screen, then crashed.

A fellow at a BCD support forum had me try again, but hitting F8 while booting into XP, as he said it would stop the screen and give me an error code. Unfortunately, it did not.

So, I am back to square one... wanting XP on the HDD, but I really want to do it properly this time because reloading software and configuring Win7 for SSD is fun, but I am really getting sick of it :)

Holy crap, I hope that all made sense...
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12 Apr 2011   #35

Windows 7 Pro x64

Did you enable AHCI mode in the BIOS before you installed Win 7 on the SSD drive?

Can you check to see if it is enabled?

If it is then if you want to re-install XP on the spinning HDD you will need to download the drivers for AHCI from Intel and load them on a USB stick and during the XP install load them.

Another option is to LOOK in the BIOS for the AHCI (hard drive configuration) and set that to IDE. That will allow you to boot to XP on that other HDD.

But you should re-enable AHCI to boot back into 7 on the SSD.
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12 Apr 2011   #36

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Thanks for your reply Shootist!

Yes, i did before loading Win 7 on the SSD and I checked it about 30 min ago just to be sure.

I think I will grab the ACHI drivers from intel and go that route...

So, will I have to disable the SSD prior to loading XP again? I'm still in the dark about this. And, if so, can I disable in the bios, or must the SSD card be pulled?
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12 Apr 2011   #37

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Well, good news is I am typing this message from WinXP. I thought about what Shootist had said about changing to IDE in bios to load WinXp on HHD. I tried it and low and behold, it worked.

Bad news is, now I can't get into my Win7 on SSD. I rebooted after WinXP worked, went in to Bios and set it back to AHCI and attempted to boot into Win7. No go!

It recommended launching startup repair, which I did and I was unable to fix the problem.

Anything I can do to repair this F'n problem now? Or must I again start over with the install of Win7?
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12 Apr 2011   #38
Microsoft MVP


Make sure Win7 is set first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive) and AHCI is enabled for SATA, then try to boot Win7 again.

If this fails, try it again with the XP HD unplugged.
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12 Apr 2011   #39

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Will do now and report back.. thanks Greg!
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12 Apr 2011   #40

Win 7 x64 H.Prem XP SP3 x86

Hi Greg,

Well, I verified setings in Bios and all were as you stated, but this time I choose 'start windows normally' and I thought it would not load, because the colored windows logo that usually dances around at startup did not show-up... just a black screen. But, I was watching the hard drive light on the computer and it was working. After maybe 15 seconds Win7 loaded.

I rebooted and same thing again... it loads, but for some reason that startup screen is gone...
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