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Hi, I seem to be having some issues getting Windows 7 to install properly on the SSD.

I tried installing W7 normally with the Windows 7 disc however now I have an odd problem with booting from it.

In the BIOS if I set the SSD to primary boot device the system will not boot, it just asks me to insert a boot media.

However if my other HDD (E:) with W7 installed is selected as the primary and I boot from that, then the system will load.

Now before anyone calls me stupid for thinking it has simply booted off E: instead of the SSD, the SSD is listed as C: AND if I try to format the SSD it says I can't because it contains the version of W7 that I am using.

Also it will not let me format E:, it simply says "Windows was unable to complete the format"

I've tried using System Repair, however unless the HDD is plugged in the SSD does not appear in System Repair.

Have I bought the wrong SSD or not got a setting right so the SSD is bootable?

If anyone could help me then I will be eternally grateful and you shall be rewarded with your own body weight in surplus wiring.

Thanks again!
post #2 of 16
Follow my install guide...http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds

You need to have all disks upplugged from the system but the drive you are installing to. And when installing you boot from the installer not the blank SSD.
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Lol as soon as I saw this thread I was about to post "check Seans guide" lachen.gif
post #4 of 16
ive had it put my bootmgr on my data drives, and the windows files on the one i wanted to install it on. unplug every drive your not installing it on replug afterwards.
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Hey!
I'm having the same problem, but unfortunately the same solution does not work.
I've got a new MSI laptop, (MSI GT683 DXR).
http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GT683DX-GT683DXR-.html#/?div=Overview

In this case it comes with 2 HDD's, but I want to exchange 1 of them for an OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD.
Like you said in your guide, I unplugged the second drive, so only the OCZ SSD is plugged in now. In the BIOS I set SATA mode to AHCI.
I'm trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium. In the command prompt I cleaned the disk (disk 0) like you said, and that seemed to work. But when I'm trying to install windows, it says I can't install it on that disk. I've tried both with and without the System Reserve Partition, but it just doesn't work. Also, in the Windows setup and the command prompt it detects the SSD, but in the BIOS it now only detects my BD-drive.
This last thing is really surprising, because yesterday I did manage to install windows on it in IDE mode, but after the reboot windows does during the installation it suddenly couldn't find an OS, and quit on me. But at least than I did see my SSD in the BIOS boot-list.
The SSD is not broken, because when I put it in my PC it works without a problem.

What have I missed, or what can I do to solve this?
Edited by Silence1 - 6/21/12 at 2:14am
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Originally Posted by Silence1 View Post

Hey!
I'm having the same problem, but unfortunately the same solution does not work.
I've got a new MSI laptop, (MSI GT683 DXR).
http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GT683DX-GT683DXR-.html#/?div=Overview

In this case it comes with 2 HDD's, but I want to exchange 1 of them for an OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD.
Like you said in your guide, I unplugged the second drive, so only the OCZ SSD is plugged in now. In the BIOS I set SATA mode to AHCI.
I'm trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium. In the command prompt I cleaned the disk (disk 0) like you said, and that seemed to work. But when I'm trying to install windows, it says I can't install it on that disk. I've tried both with and without the System Reserve Partition, but it just doesn't work. Also, in the Windows setup and the command prompt it detects the SSD, but in the BIOS it now only detects my BD-drive.
This last thing is really surprising, because yesterday I did manage to install windows on it in IDE mode, but after the reboot windows does during the installation it suddenly couldn't find an OS, and quit on me. But at least than I did see my SSD in the BIOS boot-list.
The SSD is not broken, because when I put it in my PC it works without a problem.

What have I missed, or what can I do to solve this?
usually when it says windows can not be installed to a disk you can just ignore it and continue anyways by clicking next.

Also, make sure your firmware is up to date on your Agility 3. http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/SandForce_Based/
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Follow my install guide...http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
You need to have all disks unplugged from the system but the drive you are installing to. And when installing you boot from the installer not the blank SSD.
Fixed
^This. Helped me with the exact same drive. Had the same problems.
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Dude, you have to put the ahci/raid drivers on a usb, then go back to install windows 7 again. When you get to the screen where you are picking your drive, you have to load the drivers then, and it should work from that point.

For some dang reason x79 forces you to load ahci/raid drivers from disk.

Or see the next post...

edit, more information: I had read the entire manual before I tried intalling, so it was not much of an issue. With the disk that came with the motherboard you should have a livecd linux on the cd to transfer the files to a usb that is plugged in, if you do not have a second system to do it on.
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usually when it says windows can not be installed to a disk you can just ignore it and continue anyways by clicking next.
Also, make sure your firmware is up to date on your Agility 3. http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/SandForce_Based/

I did the firmware update, and I also tried to ignore what Windows said about not being able to install it, but it really didn't work. I even updated my BIOS. But even that doesn't make a difference. After a few attempts I somehow got it to install, but during the first reboot Windows does during the installation (that's where you have to pick a timezone and that crap) it didn't boot, because it could not find a valid OS. And yes, I did make my SSD the first boot device in the BIOS.
In IDE mode it did see the OS, but still didn't boot. Then it just gave some error codes (different ones) about not being able to find some files in the system 32 folder. Just for the **** of it I also tried to install windows on a single HDD instead of the RAID, but even that wouldn't work. It seems the problem is not really the SSD. I totally don't get this.

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Originally Posted by jesusboots View Post

Dude, you have to put the ahci/raid drivers on a usb, then go back to install windows 7 again. When you get to the screen where you are picking your drive, you have to load the drivers then, and it should work from that point.
For some dang reason x79 forces you to load ahci/raid drivers from disk.
Or see the next post...
edit, more information: I had read the entire manual before I tried intalling, so it was not much of an issue. With the disk that came with the motherboard you should have a livecd linux on the cd to transfer the files to a usb that is plugged in, if you do not have a second system to do it on.

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Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&DwnldID=18668
Preload AHCI during install. thumb.gif

I'm going to try this next. Good tips guys, thanks. I'll get back with the results...
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