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so while im waiting on evga to rma my titan, ive been setting everything else up in my new build, which includes a brand new samsung 840 pro 128g ssd.

I got win7 installed to the ssd, and copied over a few things from my old hdd so i wouldnt have to redownload them when i format the hdd.

but for whatever reason, when i boot with only the ssd in, my computer goes straight to bios, no post screen or anything, just straight into bios.

but if i plug in the old hdd along with the ssd, i get a post screen and a screen asking me to choose which device to boot off of, since they both have win7 on them atm.

im trying to boot with just the ssd to see if everything is working fine on games etc, but i cant even get to windows, straight to bios everytime.



anyone got any ideas?

sig rig is up to date with hardware.
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Corrupt windows install. And im willing to bet you installed windows while your other hard drive was installed in the system. I never do that because of problems like this. For whatever reason, little fragments still do carry over to the other drive, not sure why but its happened to me twice already. I install with ONLY the OS drive in the system, then introduce the old drive after everything is finalized later on to make sure its all good. Also, is your boot priority setup right in the bios?
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boot priority is set for the ssd first.

Also, windows wouldnt let me install without my hdd installed aswell, it kept telling me that my motherboard could not operate the ssd without the required programs, which i figured were on the motherboard software disc, which i had on my hdd. so yeah i had my hdd installed while doing the w7 install.

How can i install win7 without my hdd to have the ssd/mobo compatibility if i have to use the ODD to put the software on there?
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so should i just erase the ssd and try again with the fresh install? hopefully it doesnt tell me i cant install win7 because of the motherboard software.
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boot priority is set for the ssd first.

Also, windows wouldnt let me install without my hdd installed aswell, it kept telling me that my motherboard could not operate the ssd without the required programs, which i figured were on the motherboard software disc, which i had on my hdd. so yeah i had my hdd installed while doing the w7 install.

How can i install win7 without my hdd to have the ssd/mobo compatibility if i have to use the ODD to put the software on there?

Hmmm, thats wierd. Have you updated the 840 pro firmware? I would try that first. Ive never seen windows give me an error like that. Ive reformated a crucial m4 and my current 840 pro literally over a dozen times in the past year and never gotten that. Is your mobo in raid mode or anything crazy? Make sure its set to AHCI and not IDE either.

and then report back thumb.gif
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it is in ahci mode, firmware is also up to date on the ssd.
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Read your motherboard manual! This saves you the hassle of asking which SATA port is which and much more; almost everything is in there!
If your hardware is overclocked please revert to stock clocks for installation to prevent data corruption.
Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS. Use RAID mode if you are going to use a RAID array or Intel SRT aka. SSD caching. Guide here: (link)
Check to see if ACPI 2.0 or newer is in the UEFI/BIOS and enable it if it is there, if not then don't worry about it.
Check and see if there is an update to the firmware of your SSD/HDD and update if necessary. Storage drivers, firmware, and utilities here: (link)
Disconnect all the drives but the one you are installing to. You will reconnect them in step 5 of "System Setup after Installation." This is to prevent the installer from installing the Windows 7 boot partition on another drive in the system and so you don't accidentally format or delete data on the wrong drive.
If you are using a SSD use the native Intel or AMD SATA 3Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s ports, I advise that you do NOT use the Marvell or other 3rd party SATA ports for your SSD/HDD.

A quote from this guide
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You can see if it lets you load the sata controller drivers off your motherboard disc during the install

also, does your HD have a driver cd? My 840 pro didnt, I got it fairly recently too
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