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It sounds like a botched Windows install. I can't tell for sure--when did your restarts happen? Was it like after the initial setup files were transferred, or was it after the installation showed it was complete?
    
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Reformat your SSD completely, then follow the guide for aligning it, installing, and configuring Windows7 for an SSD and see if you don't have better luck?
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Is the DVD/CD Drive IDE or SATA interface ?

Completly reset Bios unplug everything not needed for the Initial install,
Keep connected with NO Overclock
SSD, DVD / CD Drive
After Bios reset
Boot the PC with only the SSD and DVD installed and then enter the Bios straight away and change to AHCI mode save and reboot > then go back in to the Bios and check AHCI settings and make sure the SSD is in the first AHCI port in the list (no other drives connected yet apart from DVD) and switch it untill it is in the first AHCI port > Also change boot device order to DVD drive > Place the windows DVD in and reboot to disc and try installing that way,
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My DVD Drive is SATA so I am not able to boot a windows 7 install in AHCI Mode.

I do have an external usb dvd burner drive I got with my laptop though.
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Originally Posted by Trojita;13369555 
My DVD Drive is SATA so I am not able to boot a windows 7 install in AHCI Mode.

I do have an external usb dvd burner drive I got with my laptop though.


You have an existing installation on a HDD and are wanting to put an new installation on the SSD?

It is my understanding that it ISN'T necessary to be in AHCI mode before you install Windows on the new SSD. However, if you wish to do so, you should be able to:

Boot to the existing installation and edit the registry to allow AHCI.
Reboot to BIOS and select AHCI.
Turn machine off.
Disconnect HDD with the existing installation.
Disconnect ALL USB devices except Mouse and Keyboard if you don't have PS/2.
Connect SSD
Insert DvD into INTERNAL drive.

Then:
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables 
To make things easy, disconnect all other drives (but leave any optical disc drives connected)
Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD
When you see the "Install now" button, click "Repair your computer"
You'll see a little window named "System Recovery Options" appear that searches for Windows installations.
When it finishes, you will see a dialog box. Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.", and then click Next.
Click "Command Prompt"
Type diskpart to load DiskPart
Type list disk
Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets)
If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition.
Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean.
Type create partition primary align=1024
Type format quick fs=ntfs
It will appear like it's going to take forever, but then like 5-10 seconds later, it suddenly finishes, jumping straight from 0% to 100%.
Type active
Type list partition to see your creation.
Type exit
Type exit
Click Restart
Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation.

So to summarize:
Get to that Command Prompt
Type diskpart
Type list disk
Type select disk 0 (or whichever number it turns out to be)
Type clean
Type create partition primary align=1024
Type format quick fs=ntfs
Type active
Type exit
Type exit
Click Restart
Install Windows 7

Okay? Now, a warning. This is exactly how I did it. Except I cloned my Win7 installation to the newly aligned SSD. Problem is, SSD doesn't like cloning, so I lost my 1024K alignment and got a 31K Bad tag. I was told by everyone that that doesn't matter. But it bugged me, so I reformatted the SSD, backed up my Users Folder, and then did it exactly like described above, with a clean install.

New SSD Works Flawlessly.

I hope this helps.
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Thanks for that suggestion, I think you may have misunderstood what I was writing. I am planning on having a clean install, nothing transferred. If AHCI does not allow booting from CD then I figured a USB DVD Drive may work.
Edited by Trojita - 5/3/11 at 5:05pm
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Ah... okay. Well, I hope it does, but I know that the recommendations, from MS, are to unplug all externally attached USB devices when doing an installation. I think, then, that it would be fine to leave things as IDE until after the install. You can then go into WIndows and make the registry change and then make the BIOS change. Unless the SSD won't work through IDE? Have you read somewhere that you can't?
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Originally Posted by grishkathefool;13371331 
Ah... okay. Well, I hope it does, but I know that the recommendations, from MS, are to unplug all externally attached USB devices when doing an installation. I think, then, that it would be fine to leave things as IDE until after the install. You can then go into WIndows and make the registry change and then make the BIOS change. Unless the SSD won't work through IDE? Have you read somewhere that you can't?

The SSD works in IDE. It was recommended to switch over to AHCI. I didn't know whether that was needed for the install as well, maybe perhaps to fix the problems I was having to begin with.
post #20 of 25
Heck no. Install that sucker. Then go to the registry and Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\msahci and Modify the Value to 0 (default is 3).

Then go to BIOS and Turn on AHCI there. You can install the Intel RST driver anytime after the installation, by the way.

I would, however, go through the steps to align the drive, prior to install.

I am messaging an Expert, just to get a second opinion, though smile.gif
Edited by grishkathefool - 5/3/11 at 5:50pm
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