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Cannot Install Windows 8.1 on Brand New WD 1TB Black

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February 26, 2014 10:24:30 AM

Intel 4670K @ Stock
Asus Z87-A
Corsair Vengence 8GB RAM
Corsair H60 Cpu Cooler
Corsair Carbide 200R Case
Asus CD/DVD Burner
Asus GTX 770 Direct CU GPU
Corsair GT 60GB SSD
WD Black 1 TB HDD

I get the following message after I try to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on my new WD Black - "Windows cannot be installed to 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."

I have literally tried everything. I enabled the sata port that the HDD occupied (sata4). I enabled AHCI mode. I have formatted the hard drive (930 GB available). I was previously using my SSD as a boot drive, and the mechanical as storage (for my gaming library). However, I was getting errors such as (possible corrupt disk) and things like that while trying to access game files. For example, Skyrim had no music (audio file missing). I tried to access the Skryim file, and I got the "the error happens if disk is corrupt, etc). So, I completely formatted the HDD, unplugged the SSD, and tried to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 onto the HDD. At first, the installation was successful, until windows actually started preparing files for download. The PC would then restart in the middle of the install. It did this twice, until it finally just stopped all together, and I would get nothing but the a fore mentioned error every time I try to set up a new partition. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated. I just spent around 1200 on my new PC (just the tower, not including peripherals). I just want to know if I should return the WD Black 1TB and try another, or is there a deeper, underlying problem. Thanks!

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February 26, 2014 10:27:46 AM

try a different SATA port....
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February 26, 2014 10:47:27 AM

corroded said:
try a different SATA port....


The first thing I did was use different SATA Ports, and enable the port in the bios.

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a b G Storage
February 26, 2014 10:50:22 AM

ok... See if the system is OK - try this on a cd or usb: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

It is a bootable "mini-XP" with lots of utiliteis on it. Test the drive, ram, gpu and such
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February 26, 2014 11:57:30 AM

The entire PC worked perfectly fine before I swapped the SSD with the Hard Drive. Now I can't fresh install on the new WD Black. I really need some help. Thanks.
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a c 940 G Storage
February 26, 2014 7:15:55 PM

Sorry I don't mean to be rude but there's no point in installing windows until you are reasonably sure the drive is good.

At minimum, if you didn't get a cd with your drive, download WD's diagnostic tool and do a full test of the drive. http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&...
I would recommend the dos version which you would burn to a bootable disk. Hirens also has this tool on it as well as many more and is a good disk to have handy during times like this.
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March 7, 2014 2:50:36 PM

popatim said:
Sorry I don't mean to be rude but there's no point in installing windows until you are reasonably sure the drive is good.

At minimum, if you didn't get a cd with your drive, download WD's diagnostic tool and do a full test of the drive. http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&...
I would recommend the dos version which you would burn to a bootable disk. Hirens also has this tool on it as well as many more and is a good disk to have handy during times like this.


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March 7, 2014 2:51:26 PM

It was this. The drive was defective. I returned it to Micro center and swapped it out for a new one. No more issues.
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