Unable to install SSD on Win7 x64 system

By Tedster ยท 33 replies
Feb 24, 2013
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  1. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    ^ You can't delete the drive in Disk Management. You can remove the partitions and switch between MBR and GPT like I mentioned above though.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    This was the answer I got from gigabyte - it's a mobo issue:

    Please use the attached driver and follow procedure below:
    1) Extract driver to a folder on USB flash drive. Make sure SSD hard drive connect to SATA port 0, SATA DVD drive connect to SATA port 5 ( refer to mother board manual page 7 diagram to locate SATA ports ).
    2) Reset bios to load fail-safe defaults and load optimized defaults, change on chip SATA type to AHCI mode under integrated peripherals in bios, change first boot device from floppy to CDrom, insert Win7 installation disk, save setup exit.
    3) System will restart, when message show boot from CD/DVD press any key, at this point press enter key, Win7 setup screen will show.
    4) When reach the point Win7 ask for install driver, browse to the folder on USB flash drive which has the extracted SATA driver install it, Win7 will recognize SATA drive and continue to complete installation.

    Best regards,

    Gigabyte technical support team.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,734   +3,706

    Ouch, what a headache!!!

    It's been a long time, since I've had to do things that way.
  4. stonarda

    stonarda TS Booster Posts: 143   +18

    Have you tried installing windows on teh drive using a different computer? Maybe borrow a friends (if he'she will let you) with a SataIII 6GB/s support, remove their drives and install windows 7 64-bit freshly on the SSD. Then whe you are done, try transfering teh drive to your original PC and proceed with driver isntallations/etc...
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    Ok, I've tried to use the drivers that Gigabyte sent, but win 7 said they are not compatible. I have forced loaded them. Now I get error code 0x80070057 when I try to install onto the formatted partition.

    stonarda - I don't have an alternate computer. My laptop is critical so I dare not dork with it. This SSD is going in my desktop. I don't really know anyone either as I have just moved.
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Standard SATA AHCI installation process. I'm surprised you have an issue with the SATA driver. Personally I get the latest F6 SATA drivers directly from the chipset manufacturer. I.e. AMD in your case but the Gigabyte one should be fine.

    See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2476568
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    Sata driver given was no good.
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    Gigabyte resent the same driver as before. Windows 7 does not recognize it as valid, but will load it. Drive formats, but win 7 will not install.
  9. soul666reaver

    soul666reaver TS Rookie

    Search for the intel ssd driver, include it in the drivers folder on your win7 installation media. Navigate to load that driver during the install, and it should resolve all your problems.
    I've had to do it several times when installing Win7 on SSD's. It would either not detect the drive, or not format it correctly. This process worked for me every time. If it's some branded drive, google the model number for the drive as more often then not it's using a standard intel chipset to run the drive, but the possiblity still remains you may another driver to get in running.
    Also confirm your Bios settings are correct as some of the later model laptops, particularly Win8 machines have security features to protect your HDD.
    Once installed if you have issues booting, I'd recommend setting legacy support or ahci support and go from there.
    Computers, they are all fun and games. :)

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