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formatting problem on OEM machine

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I am attempting to install Windows 7 on a Gateway machine that ran stock with Windows 8... I checked the Gateway website and they had drivers for Windows 7 64bit, so I figured it was a go.

Unforunatley, after I started the Windows 7 install, and deleted all the exsisting partitions, Windows then tells me "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This 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've never seen this message and have no clue what to do...

The machine is a Gateway ZX-4250.

Any help would be great, I don't have a copy of Windows 8 to reinstall...
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Is the hard drive first in the boot priority in BIOS? I've had an error like that when installing Windows 7 to a drive that wasn't first.
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Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R  OS X Yosemite Windows 8.1 Pro 
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Achieva Shimian QH270 IPSB Achieva Shimian QH270 IPSB Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite Apple Aluminum wired keyboard 
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Corsair HX850W Corsair 600T SE Microsoft Wired optical mouse Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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i5 2500K @ 4.0GHz Asus P67 Sabertooth Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 16GB Corsair Vengeance 
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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Hitachi 640GB HDD Corsair H70 Mac OS X Yosemite 
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Inverted Corsair 600T SE Insignia optical mouse 
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Thanks for the reply!

Although I already resolved my issue... Switching my hard drive to Native IDE from AHCI fixed it. Windows is installing now.
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[AMD Phenom II X4 B60] [ASUS M4A88T-V EVO] [Diomand 6870] [G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
[WD Blue Cav 160gb] [Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit] [Dell 23" 1920x1080] [Antec HCG 620w] 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
[WD Blue Cav 160gb] [Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit] [Dell 23" 1920x1080] [Antec HCG 620w] 
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