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Okay guys, let's see if anyone is up for this challenge thumb.gif

Has anyone used this PCIe SSD before? I just purchased one and I have NOT been able to get Windows to install to it. I spent an hour and a half today with OWC tech support and we verified that it is working but I cannot get Windows installed to it. This is the error message I receive:

"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."

There are no drivers for this SSD, one of the selling features and I have no idea what they mean by "Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." Anyone got any ideas? I have contacted Gigabyte tech support and they replied that they have never heard of the device and wanted a link to the product to verify if it works. The hardware I am using:

GA-Z77X-UP7
i7 3770k
HD4000 Graphics
4GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

Things I have tried:

- using different PCIe slot (tried all of them)
- updating BIOS
- clearing CMOS
- installing Windows to different drive then copying Windows over to the SSD

I appreciate the help! Thanks!

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Anyone got any ideas? CSM support is enabled in the BIOS and all of the other subsequent options are set to "Legacy Only" but that didn't work.

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have you tried bot UEFI and non UEFI boot options for your install media?
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Quote:
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have you tried bot UEFI and non UEFI boot options for your install media?

Can you explain this a little more? I am not following redface.gif

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Well I decided to try and see if this would work on my X79 platform. It is currently installing and I have some pictures to show.





The second picture is the option to enter the Marvell BIOS of the SSD, this option does not appear when I try booting on the UP7.

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Just an FYI, I am in the same situation as you with no solution. I have this card currently in a Z68 Gigabyte Motherboard working but not at full speed. I have tried two different Z77 boards and neither of them will work. I almost think that it may be an issue with this series board... Or perhaps something with the Unified Bios they switched to a while ago and are forced to use on the Z77 boards it looks like.

I have tried these two boards with zero success as well with this card:

GA-Z77X-UD3H
Specs: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4441&dl=1#sp

GA-Z77X-UP5
Specs: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4279&dl=1#sp

Hopefully you had better luck by now!
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Wow! Thanks very much for your post! I have since returned the card. It worked in my X79 system but since I bought it for my Z77 system, I returned it. OWC should look into this more...

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