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January 16, 2014 12:54:40 AM

I recently purchased a SSD(Solid State Drive). My plan was to install windows 7 on the SSD and replace the OS system on my HDD. That was the plan. I unplugged my sata cable from my HDD and planned to install windows 7 on my new blank ssd. Now I can't get the computer to read anything.

I tried everything messing with my Bios and putting the hard disk as the first boot priority. For some odd reason it won't read my hard drive. It won't even read my CDROM either. Every time I try to start my computer it says "Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

If I knew this I wouldn't have tampered with anything and left my operating system under my HDD. The HDD still has the operating system but I can't get my motherboard to boot off my hard drive. Please help I'm frustrated and I am starting school next week. I will need this pc to do homework and check my online classes. I have an acer mother board by the way.

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a b $ Windows 7
January 16, 2014 6:35:38 AM

Disconnect all drives but the installation media and the ssd.

Start the windows installer and see if it detects your drive in there.

If not, try updating the motherboard firmware.

To boot off your old hard drive, set it as the first boot device in bios.

Details such as motherboard model, ssd model, etc. would help
a c 695 $ Windows 7
January 16, 2014 8:24:48 AM

So the question is, do you have a bootable Windows 7 disk in your DVD drive? Is the DVD drive and hard drive showing up in the BIOS?

You have the SSD hooked up to the SATA cable and power? You missed a bunch of steps in your description, you explained things well up till you said you unhooked your hard drive, then went right to it not reading anything. SSD drive hooked up? Did you check the cables to make sure you did not unplug your DVD drive?
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January 16, 2014 12:50:07 PM

Kingston 120gb SSD v300 now
1TB Seagate Hard Drive
I5 3330/ 1155 lga socket
acer mother board (it's a gateway I bought at best buy)
Ddr3 pny 16gb RAM

I checked all the wires and the hard drives they all have power and the sata cable are connected as well. The mother board says the drives are connected. I tried to disconnect and even switch around the wires but it still says "reboot and select proper boot Device". I didn't update my firmware. Not to sound stupid but I really don't know how to do that lol.

I also took out my drives and installed windows 7 on my ssd from my friends computer but when I plug it into my rigg it won't work. My question is; is my motherboard fried? It won't boot windows the only thing I did was unplug it the hdd to try to install windows through ssd. Now the computer is giving me problems. Shouldn't it just be plug and play because I replaced windows 8 with windows 7 and it worked fine. Now the pc is going nuts. I have two operating systems one on my ssd and one on my Hdd.

The problem is it won't boot from my windows 7 cd, usb removable device and it won't read the cd Rom either. It won't boot from the hdd or ssd. I would replace the part that is giving me problems but I don't know what that part is. I was thinking about purchasing a new motherboard but I'm not sure if that will fix the problem. The gateway bios won't give me a lot of options either. I changed my boot order and put the hard drive first but nothing will read. I just get a black screen that says "reboot and select proper boot device".

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a b $ Windows 7
January 16, 2014 2:09:57 PM

I'm sorry but it sounds like a dead sata controller to me. You would need to replace the motherboard but try these first:

1. Reset the bios. To do this, disconnect the power cable, remove the circular battery from the motherboard, wait 1 minute, and reinsert. Power up and try again.

2. Try updating/reflashing the motherboard firmware in bios. To do this, you will need to download the bios file, put it on a usb stick formatted to fat32, and find the firmware upgrade section in your bios.

3. If your motherboard has multiple sata controllers, try plugging it into one of those instead.

For future reference, try to avoid magnetic screwdrivers and always disconnect the power cable from the pc before opening the case. Also avoid working on rugs or anything that causes static electricity.

Hope someone else will have better options than me... Good luck!

January 17, 2014 2:30:47 AM

Thank you jbseven for the assistance. I'm going to replace my motherboard. I figured its time for an upgrade.
a b $ Windows 7
January 17, 2014 6:27:43 AM

sorry the battery reset didn't help...