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Trouble Installing Windows 7 on Samsung 840 Evo SSD

I want to do a clean install but I can't seem to get windows 7 to Install to my new Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SSD. I'm installing the OS from disc and every time I go to Install the OS on the SSD I get this. "Windows cannot be installed onto this Disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the Computer's BIOS menu."

This is my first time dealing with the EVGA Z87 Stinger motherboard and the BIOS is abit new to me so I feel like I could be missing a driver. I've gone into the BIOS, set it to AHCI mode and the CD/DVD as the Boot Priority but still I get the same message.

These are the Specs of the build if it helps
-EVGA Z87 Stinger motherboard
-Intel i7 4770k CPU
-SamSung 840 EVO 250GB
-(2x8GB) 16GB DDR3
-Asus GeForce GTX 690

I honestly feel like I may just be missing something obvious but I just can't figure it out. any help would be hugely appreciated.
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    For some Samsung EVO SSD owners it wasn't an easy plug-n-play; In other words, some had to completely re-format the drive out the box, and then manually set partitions which can take a while to do. It can be done within your OS as well as before the boot up. Good luck!
  2. Quarkzquarkz said:
    For some Samsung EVO SSD owners it wasn't an easy plug-n-play; In other words, some had to completely re-format the drive out the box, and then manually set partitions which can take a while to do. It can be done within your OS as well as before the boot up. Good luck!


    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I made the partition on the SSD which then allowed me to reformat the drive but while reformatting I get a window that says: "Error: 0x80070057"
    Apparently this means the drive is damaged so I rinsed and repeated but got the same result.
    Any other thoughts?
  3. I had a similar issue with my 1TB Samsung SSD EVO, problem seemed to be because the drive comes as a GPT partition and you will require setting the drive to MBR. I've read solutions from other places that say to take the drive out and connect to another computer running Windows and convert to MBR but that is quite ridiculous to do when you can set the drive to MBR from the Windows installation CD. Boot up your pc with your windows installation disc and go to Repair my computer, from there get to the list of options that can help repair an existing install of windows. Continue onto the Command Line Prompt. Once on the command prompt ex: X:\ or whatever it shows for your drive, type diskpart. Once in diskpart type list disk. From there it will list yours drives, type: select disk <number> (list disk will show Disk 0, Disk 1, etc.. select yours) select disk 0, hit enter. Type list disk to make sure your drive is selected, it will have a * next to it. Now you want to type clean (note: this will delete all files and partitions on your drive) after that type convert mbr then exit after its done. And that's it. You have now converted your GPT drive to MBR and will be able to install Windows 7 or whatever version you like. I will list the steps again below in a more proper fashion.


    To change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk using command line
    Back up or move all volumes on the basic GUID partition table (GPT) disk you want to convert into a master boot record (MBR) disk.
    Open an elevated command prompt and type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.
    At the DISKPART prompt (right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator), type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to delete.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.
    ImportantImportant
    Running the clean command will delete all partitions or volumes on the disk.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type convert mbr.
    Once completed, type exit and resume installation of Windows.
  4. This is exactly what I needed! I don't quite understand why it's not already in "MBR"!? Could not figure out why I couldn't boot from my ssd. Your easy instructions worked flawlessly.
    Many thanks to you kind stranger.
  5. Try burning a dvd of the win7 iso, my usb3.0 flash drive did not work.

    I followed the above steps, converted to mbr, changed bios to ide, nothing.

    Finally another thread suggested usb 3.0 flash drives don't work, so I burnt a copy of the flash drive as a bootable dvd (using imgburn).

    Installing now.. yay!
  6. Infamy said:
    I had a similar issue with my 1TB Samsung SSD EVO, problem seemed to be because the drive comes as a GPT partition and you will require setting the drive to MBR. I've read solutions from other places that say to take the drive out and connect to another computer running Windows and convert to MBR but that is quite ridiculous to do when you can set the drive to MBR from the Windows installation CD. Boot up your pc with your windows installation disc and go to Repair my computer, from there get to the list of options that can help repair an existing install of windows. Continue onto the Command Line Prompt. Once on the command prompt ex: X:\ or whatever it shows for your drive, type diskpart. Once in diskpart type list disk. From there it will list yours drives, type: select disk <number> (list disk will show Disk 0, Disk 1, etc.. select yours) select disk 0, hit enter. Type list disk to make sure your drive is selected, it will have a * next to it. Now you want to type clean (note: this will delete all files and partitions on your drive) after that type convert mbr then exit after its done. And that's it. You have now converted your GPT drive to MBR and will be able to install Windows 7 or whatever version you like. I will list the steps again below in a more proper fashion.


    To change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk using command line
    Back up or move all volumes on the basic GUID partition table (GPT) disk you want to convert into a master boot record (MBR) disk.
    Open an elevated command prompt and type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.
    At the DISKPART prompt (right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator), type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to delete.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.
    ImportantImportant
    Running the clean command will delete all partitions or volumes on the disk.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type convert mbr.
    Once completed, type exit and resume installation of Windows.



    Dude! worked like a charm! Thanks!!!!
  7. another way to convert to MBR for anyone else tuning in:

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26203-convert-gpt-disk-mbr-disk.html
  8. rojgreen said:
    Try burning a dvd of the win7 iso, my usb3.0 flash drive did not work.

    I followed the above steps, converted to mbr, changed bios to ide, nothing.

    Finally another thread suggested usb 3.0 flash drives don't work, so I burnt a copy of the flash drive as a bootable dvd (using imgburn).

    Installing now.. yay!


    OMG this was it for me! I had been installing on a CDrom (usb slim line) on a USB 3 port and I had copied the files to a usb3 stick and tried that too. was very puzzled. as soon as I read your post I plugged my usb cd into a 2.0 port and was installing. damn good one to note.
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