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Windows 7: Clean install on intel 525 msata

14 Dec 2013   #11
Microsoft MVP


Wait until you are rested to avoid making unnecessary mistakes.

Then watch this video to understand better UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube.

To install normally change to Legacy BIOS or Compatility Mode, keep AHCI setting for SATA controller, set HDD first to boot into BIOS setup, trigger flash stick installer using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This prevents the stick from autostarting at reboots during install. If not possible then unplug it at first reboot.

To make sure the ISO is written to stick correctly for a normal MBR install use the tool in the troubleshooting steps I gave you in Post #2 above.

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14 Dec 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I did list disk / select disk / clean the 1st time so I assume the disk was aligned.
What you did with these commands is to clean it - but not align it. However, a clean disk is good enough for a new installation. The installer will align it. Only disadvantage is that you get the dreaded 100MB system partition.

If you want to avoid that, you have to define a partition with these commands and install the system into that partition.

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2013   #13

7 Ultimate 64 bit

Cleaned and aligned and installed using ISO on a DVD I burned

I believe it was the USB. I have installed 3 (tried) pcs w USB and 2 were a pita until I used a DVD. However, I did my own laptop yesterday w USB and it went off without a hitch. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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