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I'm really trying to gauge opinion on this problem.

For a few months I was using Windows 7 just fine on an Intel X25-M SSD drive. I had the Intel Rapid Storage Technology software installed, as well as Intel's SSD Toolbox.

Then I decided to try the Windows Server 2008 R2 trial. After using Windows Server for a few days, I decided to go back to Windows 7. I literally had nothing else installed except drivers. On the last day I used Server, I noticed file searching slowed down slightly, it wouldn't be as snappy as before.

So, I copied the Windows 7 installation files to a USB flash drive, so I could boot from this to install it. Installing Windows 7 has been a nightmare and I still haven't accomplished it. The problems I experienced were:

1) On the screen where Windows asks me where to install Windows, I deleted the old partitions on the SSD drive, and re-selected the drive, clicked Next and a yellow triangle appeared with Windows telling me I couldn't install Windows on this drive, and to check the log files. I tried it repeatedly, nothing. I picked the drive and clicked "New" first to create a new partition, same result.

2) I rebooted, this time it would let me install but it took a long time. Eventually the install hangs on the "Completing Installation" stage, and Windows still isn't installed on it. I left it on this stage for an hour and switched the PC off.

My system is currently NOT overclocked and I've never had any problems with any piece of hardware. Any ideas? I'm suspecting my SSD drive, so I'm going to put in a regular HDD and try that instead - I suspect it'll work. Also, my USB flash drive is fine, I actually used another flash drive - same result.
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Make sure BIOS is set to AHCI mode
    
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I did, I always run in AHCI mode, thanks for the suggestion. In fact, my BIOS settings never changed from the point I ran Windows 7 from the start. I'm going to rip this SSD out and put in a regular HDD, I was reading here: http://communities.intel.com/message...CFD76.node6COM
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Are you performing a Secure Erase in between OS installs?
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Do you have a usb stick you can install windows from?Try it that way.
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Are you performing a Secure Erase in between OS installs?
No I'm not, should I be? After deciding I didn't want Server 2008 any more, I copied the Windows 7 files to a USB stick, booted from it, deleted the 100MB side-partition that was created from before, and the existing partition on the SSD, then clicked Next, and started to experience problems. Thanks for the link, I'll have a look.

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Do you have a usb stick you can install windows from?Try it that way.
That's what I'm doing already. Before putting in a regular HDD, I'm going to try booting from the Windows 7 DVD, but even if it works I'm wondering how reliable it will be? If Windows 7 won't install, surely something is wrong. When I ran SSD Toolbox before, the SMART status of both drives were fine. Thanks.
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I have had a simuliar problem before, I just let is sit overnight and resumed when I got up.
Is it crashing or just sitting there waiting for a screen to pop up?
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No I'm not, should I be? After deciding I didn't want Server 2008 any more, I copied the Windows 7 files to a USB stick, booted from it, deleted the 100MB side-partition that was created from before, and the existing partition on the SSD, then clicked Next, and started to experience problems. Thanks for the link, I'll have a look.
Well you're suppose to use that in between OS installs. It's basically resetting the SSD back like it came from the factory (similar to Sanitary Erase by OCZ).

How are you copying the Windows 7 install files over to USB? I like using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
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I have had a simuliar problem before, I just let is sit overnight and resumed when I got up.
Is it crashing or just sitting there waiting for a screen to pop up?
To start with the Windows 7 installation would tell me it couldn't install on this partition, with the little yellow triangle warning. After a few reboots, I could get past that and now it expands the files, slowly, then gets to the bolded text of "Completing Installation...", and just sits there. The ellipsis moves though, ., .., ..., but nothing happens. The drive activity light is constantly off. I left it for around an hour and switched it off to do some research.
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Well you're suppose to use that in between OS installs. It's basically resetting the SSD back like it came from the factory (similar to Sanitary Erase by OCZ).

How are you copying the Windows 7 install files over to USB? I like using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
I wasn't aware I needed to run that tool in-between installs - thanks. I'll try that tool tonight before I open up my PC, and report back the result to this thread. I'll put it on an MS-DOS 7.10 USB stick I have.

I actually created my USB stick with Windows 7 using this guide. I copy the files over manually using Windows Explorer, I've used this method a lot and it worked fine many times before.
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