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March 13, 2012 12:35:19 AM

Hello,
I recently built my first computer. I am using a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 Mobo with a Kingston 64GB SSD and a Seagate 750GB HDD. I intend to use Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) but when I try to install Windows 7 I get this "loading Operating System...Disk Boot Failure..Insert System Disk..." message..

I have scoured the internet for a solution but it seems nobody has had or is having this same problem...

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a c 716 V Motherboard
March 13, 2012 12:59:21 AM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

Clean Way:
More than likely you didn't install Windows properly. In order for Intel RST to properly work you SHOULD use the (F6) Intel RST Drivers and not the Default AHCI drivers from windows. This avoids MBR corruption.

The following link is more less a 'How To Fix' Intel RST, but it will require you to wipe the drives. See -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303873-30-wont-resume...

The substitute Drivers for you are:
Use of: Intel SATA Preinstall driver 10.6.0.1002 - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
(For AHCI / RAID Mode)
Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy. ; to be placed on the Flash Drive in the 'RAID' folder

You'll need to set the SATA -> RAID and later add the SSD as a 'Cache Drive' through Intel's control panel. BTW - SSD Caching eats an SSD to a short life cycle unless it's an over-provisioned SSD.

//OR//

After The Fact Way:
You can try this -> http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=684...

note: My experience is the after the fact can corrupt the MBR, but it's your 'rig and your way.' So try either way you'd like, my way is to do it clean.
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March 14, 2012 12:29:34 AM

First off thanks for the help, much appreciated, but i am having a few problems, I am getting the "DISK BOOT FAILURE....INSERT SYSTEM DISK...PRESS ENTER" before I
can even start the installation of Windows 7. And the other problem is my bootable flash drive isn't showing any files.

.....The only thing that I can think of is I need to update BIOS?




PLEASE HELP!

-Thanks
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a c 716 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 12:40:15 AM

Clear CMOS procedure & pray (use jumper method) -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0

Most folks do the procedure wrong the vast majority of the time, so watch the video. The PSU holds a charge so after unplugging wait 5~10 minutes, then in most cases you'll need tweezers to reach the jumper. Leave it in the clear position (10 seconds/longer doesn't hurt) and put it back to the normal position.

Check ALL of the connectors SATA @ MOBO, SATA + POWER @ Drives. Only the USB 2.0 will work i.e. NATIVE USB PORTS. USB 3.0 isn't native and requires drivers to function; read the manual for the proper REAR I/O USB 2.0 ports; do not use the Cases's USB ports - only the USB 2.0 @ rear I/O (Back Panel).
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March 14, 2012 1:51:10 AM

Hate to say but it didn't make any difference...

It's like my computer doesn't even try to load the OS. and as far as the Flash Drive goes the bios now recognizes it as HDD 1-0 before it was HDD 0-0 but other than that I can't boot from Flash Drive or DVD.
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a b V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 12:15:13 PM

Something wrong with the HDD boot sector, try reformatting the HDD in another PC after formatting attach it to your PC and reinstall(fresh install) Win 7.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 2:30:06 PM

vbright said:
Hate to say but it didn't make any difference...

It's like my computer doesn't even try to load the OS. and as far as the Flash Drive goes the bios now recognizes it as HDD 1-0 before it was HDD 0-0 but other than that I can't boot from Flash Drive or DVD.

If you followed to the letter the Flash Drive Installer -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4CdEZPTPzk AND the Flash Drive is on a Native USB 2.0 ports as described below above. Then maybe your MOBO is bad.

As a last resort, I would Breadboard and disconnect all of the other USB/etc Headers, different Keyboard/mouse, and use the Stock HSF. If you have an after market HSF with a metal backplate or non-standard standoffs i.e. punch-outs in the case any of those can cause a short or grounding short. IF a full breadboard fails and the drives are all good on another PC then IMO you have a bad component and quite possibly a bad MOBO. Try all components including the GPU on another PC, our use the iGPU DVI-D/D-Sub ports.
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March 14, 2012 6:20:46 PM

Best answer selected by VBright.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 3:51:45 AM

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