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Windows 7: Asus p9x79 ssd installation with new instalation of windows 7 pro

16 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional (supposedly) 64 bit
Asus p9x79 ssd installation with new instalation of windows 7 pro

So i have a new SSD Corsair Force 3 240 gig and all I want to do is install Windows 7 Pro on it. This board does not support parted magic (cannot wake from sleep and there are no onboard video to wake up to) so ive resorted to clean all.

I have not been able to successfully boot the OS on the SSD. I never intended on setting up raid but apparently all the literature i see is on raid.
  1. I created a USB install disk as reccomended onto a 8gig ntfs primary active
  2. did the bootsect /nt60 X: and it successfully worked
  3. copied the cd over to the flash drive and copied the rste drivers in a folder called drivers
  4. My SSD is installed on port 1 6gig sata intel (as this board doesnt have marvel apparrently)
  5. My DVD is installed on 3gig Sata port 6
  6. I set up Raid in the bios as reccomended by others (as this is the only way to install ssd?). Nothing UEFI is enabled
  7. There are no other drives hooked up to the computer. Just SSD, USB cordless mouse, keyboard and no network cord or WIFI
  8. i started with a clean ssd as reccomended
  9. my bios recognized the ssd on post
  10. i booted into the win 7 install (MBR not uefi)
  11. i loaded the 64 bit rste drivers from asus as reccomended by others
  12. i left the machine to install
  13. the usb then booted into windows install (for whatever reason)
  14. i pushed f8 to boot my corsair
  15. windows brings up an error on a black screen
File: windows/system32/drivers/adpahci.sys driver did not load
Status: oxc0000221
Info: Windows Failed to load because of a critical system driver is missing or corrupt

A lot of people have the same issue with asus but i've never seen anyone who posted the solution?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I suggest that you set the SATA controller to AHCI mode. You won't need any drivers other than those included with the Win7 installer to install Windows to the SSD.

It's what I did with my P9X79 Pro.

What gave you the idea that you'd need RAID drivers? (The Intel RSTe package includes AHCI driver, but they seemed to give worse performance than the Windows ones, at least with my hardware.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Where did you get Win7? Confirm the ISO and write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.

Set HD to AHCI as suggested, set to boot first in Boot order. Use F8 key to trigger stick under USB, Removable or HD's.

Follow the steps in this tutorial to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same for retail.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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