I just put together a new desktop PC, but I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 x64 on my SSD.
My Intel 520 SSD seems to be recognized, but I cannot select it as the install drive during Windows installation.
S.M.A.R.T.: Tried both enabled and disabled.
What i found:
* When i select boot priority in the BIOS, the Intel SSD shows up.
* When i try to install Windows 7, the SSD is not in the list of drives you can install on.
* When i browse for drivers in the install walkthrough I get a list of drives; one of which is the SSD! When I select the partition (here drive C) I get the following message:
"You need to format the disk in drive C: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"
When selecting "Format disk", i get this message:
"Windows can't format C
Check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make
sure that the disk is not read-only, and then try again. For more
information, search Help for read-only files and how to change them."
Tried installing Win7 x64/x86, Win XP x86. Neither could select the Intel 520 SSD for installation.
Tried with only the SSD and DVD-reader connected.
Connected another HDD to the build using the same power and data cables in the same slots, and successfully installed windows 7 on it.
Am I supposed to provide a driver for the Intel 520 SSD during Windows installation?
Am I doing something wrong?
Is the drive defective?
Tags: Intel 520 SSD (120 GB) cannot be formatted/selected for install - Win 7 x64 - Win 7 x86 - Win XP
I checked, but all the settings/connections were already as you requested. However, I have now managed to fix it.
Using GParted*, I partitioned the Intel 520 SSD.
1. Create partition table (I chose msdos)
2. Add partition (I added only one (1), spanning the whole disk. Filetype NFTS)
3. Click 'Edit' -> 'Apply all operations'
After that, Windows 7 installation found it right away!
Anyway, thank you for the help, I had all but given up yesterday!
*GParted/Tip: I ran Linux Mint off of a DVD. Linux Mint includes GParted. That way, you don't have to plug the HDD/SSD into another PC to format it.