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Can't install Win 7 on SSD

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June 29, 2012 3:08:15 AM

Ok, So here is what I have..

http://usa.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming_Powerhouse/G75VW/

This is what I bought to put in it..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Whenever I try and install Win 7 on it, i get some error saying "windows cannot install on this hard drive cause your hardware may not support it as a boot device" , or something very similar to that. It also mentions something about the drivers not being installed on the drive. Now, I've updated the firmware to the latest one (2.22) and tried switching the bays, formatting it, reformatting it, switching my Sata controllers from ACHI to IDE AND RAID, with no positive results. Sometimes, BIOS wont even recognize the drive is there, but sometimes it does. It's like hit or miss whether or not it gets recognized on startup. But whenever i run the FW tool, it ALWAYS shows up. I've run out of things to try from my personal knowledge base. Which on HDD's and SSD's, tbh, isn't the greatest.

Is there something i'm doing wrong, or a step i haven't taken to get this thing to allow Win 7 to install on it? Or are they not compatible with each other? or SOMETHING to end my frustration. SOS!!!!

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June 29, 2012 3:15:09 AM

I don't have much experience with installing a SSD in a laptop.I think the best thing you can do while waiting for someone with more knowledge on the matter here is to start a ticket with Asus.
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June 29, 2012 3:34:23 AM

yay.. dealing with customer support. kill me now >.<
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June 29, 2012 3:51:18 AM

Yeah it's a hassle but it's really the only option right now.At least it's something.
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June 29, 2012 5:42:52 PM

bump
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June 29, 2012 6:27:47 PM

AFAIK : AHCI is the best mode for SSD's to work.


Have you tried the SSD in a different system? or different port ?

or you could try for a replacement drive and see if that is okay.
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June 29, 2012 6:50:46 PM

I have installed a windows on a ton off SSDs and flash cards. 90% of the time the windows install is the same as with any other hdd.

When dealing with a laptop the issue is normally non-standard sata controllers requiring you to install the sata driver before windows.

Download this driver from Asus.

http://usa.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming_Powerhouse/G75VW/#...
chipset – intel inf update.

Unzip it to a usb drive.

Start the win7 install like normal, when you get to the part where the install asks you to pic a HD to install to click the icon that says add driver.

Navigate to the usb drive then the win7 folder.

Windows should find the updated intel driver and install it.

You should then have the option of choosing your ssd during the install.

The fact that the bios does not always detect the drive leads me to think the SSD might be defective. It should be detected by the mother board each and every time you power on.

Make sure you have the ssd connected to the laptop all the way. Some times they are tiny bit shorter and will not fit in the laptop hdd tray well or you have to push and wiggle them to get them to connect correctly.
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June 29, 2012 7:30:37 PM

thanks a ton, ill have to try that.
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June 29, 2012 7:58:01 PM

this didn't have any effect either. Guess I'm jut gooing to RMA this one and hope for the best.
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June 29, 2012 9:31:57 PM

Most likely the drive.
Have a good read 18% 1 egg reviews!!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...
Personnally I'd Return it for a different SSD, Just does not sound promising.

I have some 12 SSDs, The ONLY one that I've had a problem with is OCZ Agility III, would Not install in SB Laptop. To be fair that was when they first came out, only took OCZ & sandforce (using Users as Ginny pigs) to fix their problems. It is running in my wife's system (soon to be replaced with a Curcial M4)!!
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June 29, 2012 10:17:59 PM

What kind of lights are showing on the SSD when it's plugged in? Green and Yellow?

When my OCZ SSD was acting up I went over to the OCZ forums and asked about it.They're official people that work for OCZ answering questions and they were extremely helpful.I suggest asking your question in those forums if it is indeed the drives fault.

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/
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June 30, 2012 2:13:58 AM

its in a laptop.. so cant tell.
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