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Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post

lol good luck biggrin.gif

Thanks...

Well I am no closer to solving this issue.... I have determined that it is JUST the BIOS of the SSD and the BIOS of the board that are not working together. I can load the BIOS to my RocketRAID card just fine but I can't load the BIOS or install Windows to the SSD...

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Here are the messages from Gigabyte Tech Support...
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Originally Posted by Me 
I recently purchased a GA-Z77X-UP7 from Amazon and I am trying to install my operating system on an OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD. This PCIe SSD is both Mac and PC compatible with NO drivers. However, when installing Windows 7 on the SSD, I get this error message:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

I spent some time with OWC Technical support and we determined that the SSD is functioning properly and tech support concluded that there was something wrong on the motherboard level. One of the selling features of this product is that there are no drivers needed for this card. I would like to figure out why I cannot get Windows installed on this SSD.


Model Name : GA-Z77X-UP7(rev. 1.0)
M/B Rev : 1.0
BIOS Ver : F4
Serial No. : 124100004396
Purchase Dealer : Amazon
VGA Brand : Model :
CPU Brand : Intel Model : i7 3770k Speed : 3.5GHz
Operation System : Win 7 64-bit SP :
Memory Brand : Corsair Type : DDR3
Memory Size : 4GB Speed : 1333MHz
Power Supply : 850 W


Currently using Intel HD4000 graphics.
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Originally Posted by Gigabyte 
Dear Customer,

Can you provide us with an Link to this product so we can check with our
team whether if it's compatible.
We cannot find any information on this product, did you confirm with OWC
whether if the card is compatible on an Z77 chipset board?
This maybe an proprietary card and only is design for certain system such as
an MAC.
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Originally Posted by Me 
Yes, here is the link: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury_Accelsior/RAID

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Gigabyte 
You are certain it is compatible with an PC?
On the chart it only mention about MAC, PC Throughput is the spec on the card
not actually for an Windows desktop based unit. If you wish on using these type
of card please check with OCZ Revo drive as they have been validated on an PC based
board.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Me 
I am positive this SSD works with PCs. There are numerous reviews where people use them in their PC with the Z68, Z77, and the X79 chipset.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gigabyte 
We do not have anyway to verify this product, we will check with our team on
compatibility factor. If they require the card will you be willing to sending
in the card for us to examine?
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Originally Posted by Me 
It might be a possibility that I could send it in. It has something to do with the BIOS os this SSD and the BIOS of the motherboard that is preventing it from working. I installed the SSD in my X79 system with an ASRock Extreme7 and I was able to install Windows with ZERO issues. I have provided links to pictures of screens showing that the device is seen with my X79 system. Also, the option to enter the BIOS of the SSD is not presented when booting from the UP7. (file size is larger than 200KB so I cannot upload)

http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b459/ThisIsMyLastAccount/IMG_1010_zps9cd1534f.jpg This is the link showing the SSD in the boot options of my ASRock board.

http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b459/ThisIsMyLastAccount/IMG_1011_zps6485ab1f.jpg This is the link showing the option to enter the BIOS of the SSD on my ASRock Board.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gigabyte 
We will check with our team first and will get an update next week on whether
if they will be willing to verify this card. Check back with us sometime early
next week.

Looks like I will be the PCIe SSD in my X79 system for the time being. Ughhhh I don't want to listen to that god awful chipset fan on my ASRock though sad-smiley-002.gif Oh first world problems lol. I don't really want to send my card into them...

Jeffinslaw

*EDIT* Well I decided to just go ahead and install Windows 7 on a spare SSD and be done with it until after my Senior Project presentation. That way, I don't have to deal with the PCIe SSD and I don't have to rush creating the special piece I need made to attach the hard drive cages to the 360MM radiator.
Edited by Jeffinslaw - 5/10/13 at 7:49pm
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I'm sure you've verified this, but most BIOS will have a setting for "Boot from (other) device" or "Boot from additional controller" - usually in the advanced settings area. As I don't have that particular Gigabyte board, I don't know where it might be but there's an entry in almost all of the boards from them I've used in the past. I had problems booting to a couple of SCSI RAID cards back in the P45 days on a Gigabyte board until I enabled that setting - I think otherwise it just looks at devices attached to the southbridge directly.

Something to rule out if nothing else.
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I'm sure you've verified this, but most BIOS will have a setting for "Boot from (other) device" or "Boot from additional controller" - usually in the advanced settings area. As I don't have that particular Gigabyte board, I don't know where it might be but there's an entry in almost all of the boards from them I've used in the past. I had problems booting to a couple of SCSI RAID cards back in the P45 days on a Gigabyte board until I enabled that setting - I think otherwise it just looks at devices attached to the southbridge directly.

Something to rule out if nothing else.

Hmm... I don't recall seeing anything like that, I'm sure there has to be. I will check it tomorrow. I got Windows 7 installed fine on this extra SanDisk Extreme I bought last June because they were so cheap. I never used it it though for some reason... oh well lol.

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Hmmm, this was an open box item from Amazon Warehouse?
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Hmmm, this was an open box item from Amazon Warehouse?

I don't think it was opened. Everything was still in it's original packaging. I think the box was damaged during transit to the warehouse or something.

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Hey when do you graduate? I have 2 weeks left wooohoo!!
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Tried switching to the other bios chip? I know it might have the same bios version but that's what GB support asks when troubleshooting their boards.

Just got mine back, same one. Not sure how they fixed but its fixed. Hopefully it holds. Not going Haswell so I'm still open to X79 biggrin.gif

Good luck w/ the ssd thumb.gif
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Hey when do you graduate? I have 2 weeks left wooohoo!!

I still have like a whole month... really sucks. I will only get about a month of summer too because Washington State starts the 19th of August. High school is done on the first week of June or something but I am doing Running Start (dual credit program) so the community college doesn't get out until the 14th of June.
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Tried switching to the other bios chip? I know it might have the same bios version but that's what GB support asks when troubleshooting their boards.

Just got mine back, same one. Not sure how they fixed but its fixed. Hopefully it holds. Not going Haswell so I'm still open to X79 biggrin.gif

Good luck w/ the ssd thumb.gif

Hmm... didn't think of that either. Gigabyte was basically useless for me rolleyes.gif And I still have my X79 stuff! I'm not going to sell it until I make sure the UP7 is working without any issues though. thumb.gif

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Have you tried using any alternative bootloaders for OS X like Clover? I don't have any experience with PCIe storage controllers though so I don't know if that would make any difference but it might be worth a shot. Maybe Clover would recognize it.
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