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Replaced bad motherboard - can't install Windows 8 anymore

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March 29, 2014 1:44:54 PM

I just built my first computer out of all new components and everything was going great until Thursday. My new motherboard (Maximus VI Hero) died on Thursday, so I returned it to Amazon and had them next-day-air me a replacement.

Now, my 500GB Samsung SSD (840-EVO) won't load the operating system. No biggie, I simply attempted to repair the SSD with the Windows 8 installation disk. That didn't work so I flashed the BIOS and updated the motherboard. Still wouldn't repair the SSD.

So then I attempted to install Windows 8 fresh. Except I kept getting a message about "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" and it says the format is GPT which Windows can't install to. So then I Googled a fix, and used DiskPart to clean the disk, convert it to MBR, create a partition, and make the partition active. I restarted and attempted to install Windows 8 again, except this time it says "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" the disk is MBR and Windows needs GPT!!! What the heck?!!

So then I used a SATA-to-USB adapter and hooked up the hard-drive to my laptop. Upon discovery, the laptop gave me the option to "format" the hard-drive. So I said "great, maybe this is what I'm looking for!" I formatted the hard-drive, but now when I attempt to install Windows 8, it said something about the format being wrong, and I would need to back out and click "Format" on the install menu. I did this, but it said it couldn't format the drive. (the below paragraph details my attempts to recreate this so I could jot down word-for-word the error messages into this post)

After several restarts, and looking at the BIOS (and changing nothing), the computer would load up and say an operating system was missing. I couldn't even get it to load the Windows 8 install CD. So I unplugged the SATA cable to the SSD, and restarted, got into Windows Installation, and then plugged in the SATA cable while it was setting up. Consequently, it couldn't find the SSD, so I again restarted, this time with the SATA cable in the SSD (mind you, nothing has changed at all since my last installation attempt detailed in the above paragraph). For some reason known only to god, Windows has begun installing. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!? I'm terrified this problem will recur and my SSD will fail to load again soon, so I'm submitting this scenario to you experts for an explanation.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!
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March 29, 2014 2:57:26 PM

Normally when you install a fresh windows, you go into bios, and set boot device priority #1 to the drive with the windows on it, be it a dvd or an usb.
you shouldn't tamper with the sata cables while the pc is on.

Also, go to bios and make sure sata is set to AHCI mode.
Right now the installation has worked and your windows is booting?
Am i understanding correctly?
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