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Problems while fresh installing Windows 10 on new SSD

Hello,

I recently bought an SSD and attempted to do a clean install of windows 10 on it. My old HDD was completely removed. I used a flash drive for the installation media and got it to boot the windows 10 setup; But when I got to the screen where you pick the storage device windows 10 is installed on, I received these error messages when selecting my new SSD: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." and "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition". I made sure that the controller was enabled and tried different solutions that I found on the web that use diskpart with no success. I finally decided to try copying the win10 setup files from the usb to a 40gb and only primary partition in the SSD using xcopy and then rebooting the pc using the SSD. But it wont let me boot the SSD when I restarted my pc and it keeps showing the message: " Reboot and select proper boot device". My UEFI does detect the SSD and it is in first place on the load order. This is where I am at now.

Things I tried with no success:
1. Tried different boot load orders including SSD in first.
2. Different SATA cable.
3. First SATA port.
4. Made sure the primary and the only partition on the SSD was active in diskpart.
5. Tried both IDE and AHCI modes.
6. Removed the original USB with the installation media before restarting.


I will post more info if required.

Thanks in Advance!
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  1. Turn on CSM in the bios.

    Or, reset the bios by jumping the CMOS reset pins on the motherboard, or removing the cmos battery for a few minutes, both with the power off of course. Then into bios, select the option for "optimal default" or "setup default" settings, save settings, restart to boot media.

    Usually this is a problem with the compatibility support module settings in the bios, bad installation media or a problem with the drive itself. There may be other configuration problems in the bios but usually resetting will fix it. If not, it would help to know all your specific hardware specs.
  2. Might also be a problem with the TYPE of partition you have. Using the "Custom" option during the installation, deleting ALL of the existing partitions on the drive and then clicking on the unallocated space, then clicking install, is usually the preferred method because then Windows will create partitions based on the existing bios configuration and will perform all necessary operations automatically. If you are trying to install to an existing partition, this is likely the problem.
  3. darkbreeze said:
    Might also be a problem with the TYPE of partition you have. Using the "Custom" option during the installation, deleting ALL of the existing partitions on the drive and then clicking on the unallocated space, then clicking install, is usually the preferred method because then Windows will create partitions based on the existing bios configuration and will perform all necessary operations automatically. If you are trying to install to an existing partition, this is likely the problem.


    Hey darkbreeze,
    I did try deleting all the partitions and clicking on the unallocated space but I still got the error "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.".

    I am currently attempting to turn on CSM as you suggested. But I cant find any option in my current UEFI to turn this on. please bear with me..
  4. darkbreeze said:
    Turn on CSM in the bios.

    Or, reset the bios by jumping the CMOS reset pins on the motherboard, or removing the cmos battery for a few minutes, both with the power off of course. Then into bios, select the option for "optimal default" or "setup default" settings, save settings, restart to boot media.

    Usually this is a problem with the compatibility support module settings in the bios, bad installation media or a problem with the drive itself. There may be other configuration problems in the bios but usually resetting will fix it. If not, it would help to know all your specific hardware specs.

    I believe this is the motherboard I currently have: https://www.amazon.com/ASRock-970-EXTREME3-SB950-DDR3/dp/B005POPRG8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1518404679&sr=8-5&keywords=asrock+970&dpID=61E0-W6O5DL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

    My SSD: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-240GB-Solid-State-SDSSDA-240G-G26/dp/B01F9G43WU/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1518404791&sr=1-4&keywords=ssd&dpID=41W7w9dfhAL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

    CPU: FX-8350
  5. Best answer
    First, make sure you have bios version 1.8 or 1.81 installed. If you have an older bios version, you should update before doing anything else.

    Is the drive connected to the SATA 1?

    In the bios, on the storage configuration screen, make sure SATA mode is set to AHCI.

    Try to install again.
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