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SSD not being totally seen by BIOS / fresh windows install

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December 4, 2012 12:36:02 AM

I have purchased a new Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). I have a brand new SSD (Samsung 840 series) plugged into SATA 0 and my old hard drive into SATA 1. In Bios when I select boot order I can only see the SSD(UEFI: USB USB Hard Druve) and my flash drive (FLASH Drive SM_USB20 110) with windows on it. When I click on "ATA Port Information: It shows all 6 SATA ports but only detects port 1 my old standard 500 gb hard drive.

I can boot windows off the flash drive, when I get the the area where you select the drive to install it on it does see the 500gb drive but not the SSD, I want to install windows on the SSD only. I followed the answer here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...

Windows does see the flash drive and normal HDD only.

Before you tell me to just install windows on the HDD, I will not. I have data there I need to recover. The method I am attempting is windows on SSD, the set of the HDD as the slave with all the data intack. I can't boot windows off of the old hard drive (had it on my old mobo) and I currently have no way to recover the data. THat is not the purpose of this post though, only how to install windows on the SSD.

Thank you for any and all help.
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December 4, 2012 1:39:30 AM

Unplug all the drives except the SSD, and install Windows. After Windows has been installed, then go back and plug the hard drive in.
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December 4, 2012 5:43:51 AM

When I try that and try to install windows, it can not detect any drives. I have tried most of the SATA ports and different cables, I seem to get the same result so I do not think it had to do with what SATA port I use and or if just the SSD is in or not. I will leave the HDD unplugged for now though until a solution is found.
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December 4, 2012 6:10:19 AM

I will also note, when in the installer and I hit f10, then type "diskpart" and after that I put in "list disk" it does not see the SSD. I have I have found others with a similar problem and they where able to fix after that. That wont work here, or at least yet, since windows still wont see the drive even with this method.
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December 4, 2012 8:11:57 AM

It might seem dumb, but is the SATA port switched on in the BIOS? Or have you tried a different port?
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December 4, 2012 8:21:09 AM

I can't say I have tried all the ports but I have tried at least 3-4. Each time I had the same results, in the boot order, Bios saw it, and under the list of what is connected to all the SATA ports it was not seen. Also the same result with windows installer not seeing it.
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December 4, 2012 8:37:42 AM

It's interesting that it's listed under "Boot order" but not in SATA Ports screen. Have you tried attempting the install with no other HDD's attached to the computer?
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December 4, 2012 8:56:00 AM

Yes. I have tried 3 ways. I always have my usb stick in with windows, and I have tried with only the SSD, with both the SSD and HDD, and only the HDD. Whenever the HDD is in i have the option of installing windows to it.
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December 4, 2012 10:03:45 AM

Yawn.

6) SATA3 0/1 (SATA 6Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by Intel X79 Chipset)
The SATA connectors conform to SATA 6Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA
1.5Gb/s standard. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The SATA3 0/1 connectors support RAID 0 and RAID 1. RAID 5 and RAID 10 can be implemented on the two connectors with the SATA2
2/3/4/5 connector
(Note)
. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATAHard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring
a RAID array.
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December 4, 2012 10:07:23 AM

SATA2 2/3/4/5 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by Intel X79 Chipset)
The SATA connectors conform to SATA 3Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s standard.
Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The Intel X79 Chipset supports RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 5, and RAID 10. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATAHard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring
a RAID array.
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December 4, 2012 10:38:12 AM

Right you have a Sata samsung 840 drive at 6Gb/s so that wants to be in Sata3 0/1.
Dont mix the speed on the same port if the HDD is Sata2. plug it into Sata2 port 2.
Make sure they are enabled in the bios. Sata3 Sata enabled, no raid. Sata2 port 2 Sata, no raid.
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December 4, 2012 11:06:07 AM

Thanks weasel. It turns out I am just a noob, I didn't know there is a separate power supply other than the sata...... but when I get a splitter and put stuff in final position I will put the HDD in the SATA ports you mentions.
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