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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on an SSD

02 Nov 2014   #11

Win 7 Ultimate x64

From that guide, maybe I should follow 186875 guide for UEFI devices.

Are you booting the installer as an EFI device or installing to Legacy BIOS? What are the exact settings choices for CSM? Is there a setting for UEFI or Legacy boot first?
This is ASUS UEFI BIOS Utility.
Under boot, I have a CSM subsection with these choices

Launch CSM (* Enabled, Auto, Disabled)
Boot Device Control (*UEFI and Legacy OPROM, Legacy OPROM only, UEFI only)
Boot from Network Devices (*Legacy OPROM first, UEFI Driver first, ignore)
Boot from storage devices (*Legacy OPROM first, UEFI Driver first, ignore, Both-Legacy OPROM first, Both-UEFI First)
Boot from PCI-E (*Legacy OPROM first, UEFI driver first)

Thanks for helping.

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02 Nov 2014   #12

Win 7 Ultimate x64

At Step 7 for Clean Install Windows 7

Second SS is UEFI BIOS main screen (EZ Mode)

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02 Nov 2014   #13
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would accept the Newegg offer to replace the drive. It is unlikely that the next drive is also faulty. The Samsung SSDs are generally regarded as good SSDs.

One other thing you could try (to exclude a Windows problem). Use a live Linux CD and format with that. The program you use in Linux is GParted > Partition tab.
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03 Nov 2014   #14

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for the idea. Ubuntu installed from a Live USB with no problem, and Gparted formatted the SSD without a hiccup. Trying to install, again, on the SSD produced the same error shown previously - even with HDD physically disconnected. So this confirms the problem is a Windows conflict.

But I'm giving up, I'll just use the HDD as a boot device. I now have a Ubuntu install on the SSD, and can use the SSD for whatever else needs fast loading. Thank you all for the help.
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03 Nov 2014   #15


You can try an EFI install by booting the installer as an EFI device, delete all partitions again during install, create and format new.

Your BIOS settings appear to allow either EFI or Legacy installs.
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