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Bought an ssd. Unable to install windows 7 on it with my laptop

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I just got an 120gb ssd for my laptop to replace the slow 5400rpm hdd. It's an hp dv7-7121nr.

When I try to install windows, it gives me an error saying it can't format the drive. At first, I thought there was something wrong with it, but I hooked it up to my desktop and I installed windows no problem with the same install disk. So, I used my desktop to format it and tried installing on the laptop again. This time, it said driver error or something like that. Couldn't find the driver for the ssd.

I know there's nothing wrong with the ssd, it's just the laptop being picky about something. The BIOS is very simple, and it doesn't allow for AHCI or anything like that. I'm desperate here. Has anyone else installed an ssd on an hp laptop? If so, what am I missing?
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ok when it says driver error, it is talking about your dvd drive. try installing windows from a usb

download links here
http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

use this software to mount the iso to the usb drive
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

on the installation menu, it will ask you which drive you want to instal windows on. right click your ssd drive and click format.
i hope this helps
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ok when it says driver error, it is talking about your dvd drive. try installing windows from a usb

download links here
http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

use this software to mount the iso to the usb drive
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

on the installation menu, it will ask you which drive you want to instal windows on. right click your ssd drive and click format.
i hope this helps

I am installing it from a USB. I've tried that and a dvd.
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can you screenshot the error?
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wait why dont you just install windows with your desktop?
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wait why dont you just install windows with your desktop?

This.

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wait why dont you just install windows with your desktop?

Not this.
It's not always that simple. Windows doesn't always like to be moved from one system to another. Especially if one of those systems is a laptop, which tend to have very specific hardware. Trying to force windows to run on a system that it won't install on, is a sure way to run into reliability problems later on. It might work okay, or it might not work at all. The most likely scenario is that it would create driver errors in the device manager than can never be resolved. Even if it does work, that is a very bad practice which should not be condoned.

Have you made sure the laptop has the latest bios?
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wait why dont you just install windows with your desktop?

Because I bought it for my laptop. If I install windows on my desktop, and then transfer it to the laptop, it gives me a BSOD. Won't even go into safe mode.
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Did you get the resolved?

when you try to install via the USB drive, do you have it plugged into a USB 3.0 port? How about when you try DVD, is it from the internal drive, or an external USB one?

I know on my Sager NP8130, I had to make sure my USB optical drive or USB install drive was plugged into a USB 2.0 port because of a driver issue when installing windows.

If you cant get it to install from the internal drive there must be some setting in the bios limiting you.
     
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Have you resolved your problem yet???

If not, this how to do it. Use Gparted to secure erase your ssd. (NOW THE IMPORTANT PART)- You must create a new partition on that SSD, this option is available in GParted. After it has been created, only then you will be able to install Window onto it....
You are getting this error because after formatting the ssd window installe cannot detect any partition, so is gives a driver error.
Hope this helps you.
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