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Windows 7: Unable to get fresh install of Windows 7 on SSD

21 Aug 2012   #51

Windows 7 Pro 64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That error code is a Disk-read failure.

Try a new ISO burned to DVD or written to stick using the tool in Step 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If DVD fails, try flash stick method. If that fails unplug the DVD drive and try flash stick again.

I just installed w7 using a disc on my normal HD so i think this is related to the SSD not allowing the install to write to it.

I can't format the hard drive when I log into windows it gives me a format error, but I know I formatted it yesterday on my wifes PC successfully.

This is really wierd, maybe I am missing some driver on this fresh w7 install related to HDs?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #52


Try wiping with DIskpart Clean Command, then create, format and mark Active from Step 2.2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation.

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals first.

The problems you report with EFI BOot disk showing up irregularly in BIOS is unresolved. Try resetting the BIOS to defaults, remove EFI Boot disk for BIOS boot order, set SSD first to boot, trigger DVD or flash stick (use both methods) from the BIOS Boot Menu key at boot.

Next test your RAM - Test with Memtest86+ for 5-6 passes.

IF AHCI mode repeatedly fails, try IDE mode.

Do you have a flash stick to try that method next?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #53

Windows 7 Pro 64

I had to download the Asus ACHI drivers in my old HDs version of windows in order to format the SSD in windows. Once I was able to format the drive I disconnect my other HD and booted up the windows installer.

At this point I had to load the ACHI drivers again before choosing the partition I just formatted in the previous windows session.

Windows is now successfully installing on my SSD.

Thanks to all who helped me with this ordeal!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Aug 2012   #54


Good work, John!

We will have to remember that not all AHCI drivers are in installer as previous assumed.

Was there an error message that pointed to this? I don't recall it.

Did you ever get a chance to try IDE mode as suggested earlier? This sometimes is even recommended by the manufacturer, although we normally advise trying AHCI first for it's more modern features.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #55

Windows 7 Pro 64

There was no error message related to a driver I kept receive windows cannot create a partition and when I got passed this I ran into installation cannot isntall files. Both of these I now believe are related to the ACHI driver not being run previous to running the installer, that should really be mentioned in the book somewhere.

I tried loading the drive in IDE and this was not successful for my particular setup.

This was the most frustration Ive run into dealing with computers in a long time (I'm a MS Dynamics Consultant) but I learned a whole lot about SSDs and Windows 7 installs that I now can be the person my friends turn to in a crunch.

Thanks again for all the help this board was invaluable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #56


I cannot think of another case so far where an AHCI driver was not in the Win7 installer, or it didn't alternately install in IDE mode. But we're getting farther out from SP1 now.

Please consider sticking around to help others as many of the techniques and methods developed here since before Win7 release must be reworked with EFI BIOS.

Your description of how unstable the EFI Boot disks' appearance during various install scenarios is still a concern.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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