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Unable to install SSD on Win7 x64 system

By Tedster
Feb 24, 2013
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  1. I bought a Samsung 840 SSD (120GB) for my gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 motherboard. I am unable to install win 7 64bit on it. It is a SATA SSD.

    I have tried ACHD mode in the BIOS, I have tried IDE mode. The drive works as I have tested it as an external drive on other computers.

    I bought the drive specifically to be used as a primary drive.

    My regular hard drives work fine on the motherboard.
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,869   +889

    Well, first of all, your motherboard only supports 3GB/s and the 840 is a 6GB/s drive. Just by that you won't really get your moneys worth. And how so are you unable to install? Also can you please list your system specs?
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    The drive is recognized. I can use it as a secondary drive on a sata port, or I can use it as a usb drive. Windows 7 64bit simply won't install on it which really defeats the purpose of buying it.
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,869   +889

  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    Thanks. I have tried everything, but the OS simply won't intall. I will get formatting errors when trying to install WIN 7 64bit. Other than that it works fine as a secondary storage, but I really wasted my money as the purpose of the drive was to install an OS on it.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    Have you tried installing with only the SSD connected?
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    I have tried both IDE and AHCI modes. Neither work. Nothing is in raid. I have disconnected all other drives when installing the OS.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    I'm grasping at straws on this one.

    I think I remember reading somewhere that some motherboards will not boot to specific SATA ports. Are you using the same port that your regular drive boots to?
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,869   +889

    I was looking at the BIOS updates of your motherboard, some include upgrades to AHCI, try updating that
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    I will check that out.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Are you just looking for a fresh install? Or would cloning your existing setup over work?
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    I've tried both. I tried to clone, but the SSD is too small. Then I tried multiple times for a fresh install and I keep getting formatting errors during the installation process. If I use the drive as a secondary drive it formats and works fine.
  13. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,869   +889

    Did you create a new partition during the install?
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    Yes. I attempted a normal install of Windows 7. It simply will not work. I am only able to use the drive as a secondary drive.
  15. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 887   +171

    Is it using the right format(NTFS) ?
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    Yes, it is the right format. I am trying a normal format of the drive as if it were a regular hard disk.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    And to clarify the partition type is primary. Windows will not install to a logical partition.
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    These type of problems are interesting to me. I've seen Tedster around here for maybe 10 years, so I know he's not a newbie to seeing (if not experiencing himself) computer problems.

    I had a terrible time, and eventually gave up, on cloning over a Win 8 install to another drive a month or two ago. Re-attempted it last week and did it easy. The problem was I was trying to clone Win 8 from a MBR drive to a GPT drive. That is something I should have figured out from the start.

    Also around that time I had a hard time getting Win 8 installed to a drive when other drives were connected to the system. Seems Win 8 is more picky than 7 about that. Or maybe my old motherboard just isn't well liked by 8.

    Anyway, I'm rambling. Guess my point is, in my experience with problems like these, it does help to ask. Even if a lot of the answers are things that are obvious things you've already tried. Because, maybe one of those obvious things will be something you overlooked.

    A suggestion - just so my post isn't entirely worthless. Switch it from GPT to MBR or MBR to GPT after nuking the partition(s) in Disk Management and see if you can get it installed that way, with it being the only hard drive connected to the motherboard.

    cliffordcooley for new drives, or fresh installs on drives without other partitions full of needed data, I try to always go in with unallocated space and let the OS install take care of partitioning (or use its partition manager during the first part of installation)
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    Same here with one exception, I configure my OS without the 100MB partition because I don't use Windows features that needs it.
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    Yes, I am aware of that. This is a clean install to the drive. I allow windows to format the drive, but when it attempts to format it, I get error. I am not quite sure what you mean by GPT and MBR, but this is just a regular installation like I would do on a regular hard disk.
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Put the drive in a working XP/Vista/7 system and open Disk Management. If you right click on where it says Disk # there will be an option to convert to MBR or GPT, you can only do this afaik if it isn't partitioned at that point.
  22. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    Right now I have the drive working as a secondary drive. I've given up on trying to install an OS on it. total waste of money. I did request tech help from gigabyte on this to see if it was a mobo issue.
  23. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 999   +149

  24. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,149   +172

    What is the error?

    I *extremely highly doubt* the SSD is unable to be formatted to be used in Win7. There is some sort of prereq/setup issue with your hardware that is going wrong imho.
  25. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 479   +48

    Have you tried deleting the drive in Disk Management before installing the OS?
    Have you tried pre loading the AMD ACHI driver?


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