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March 14, 2012 6:13:21 PM

I built a gaming rig from the ground up and I thought things would go a bit more smoothly. I Have a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 motherboard and I plan on installing Windows 7 Home Premium onto a 64GB SSD and use my 750GB HDD for other files, back ups, etc. Sounds simple enough but here's the problem. I boot up the computer, set SATA to AHCI, save settings and reboot. Then I insert the Windows 7 disc and I get this exact message WORD FOR WORD: "LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM...DISK BOOT FAILURE...INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER...

I do what the message states, I eject the disc, reinsert it and press enter. " I get the same "DISK BOOT FAILURE" message. I even reboot the computer in hopes that it will work. It is almost like my computer doesn't even ATTEMPT to load Windows 7. I have tried just abut everything: Bootable Flash Drive, different SATA ports, formatting the SSD, checked and rechecked all connectors, you name it! I'm slowly losing my mind trying to figure out what is causing this error.. :pt1cable: 

PLEASE HELP!!

P.S. The bootable flash drive shows up in BIOS but I can't boot from it because "The File Size is Incorrect??"

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
March 14, 2012 6:40:01 PM
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Thats actually what you want to see in a system build.

When installing windows on the bootable flash drive, are you sure its formatted properly? you cant just throw the iso file on a disk.. It needs to be "converted" to a bootable.

http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2009/12/-the-usb-f...

Once you run this tool on the iso file, its just a matter of changing the boot sequence.

I'm sorry if that sound patronizing, but thats something I made the mistake of doing once.. lol
March 14, 2012 6:49:44 PM

In your first 2 paragraphs you stated "disc", but at the end you stated "flash". Which one is it?

Will it boot to the disc/flash drive when you set the BIOS to SATA? You can switch to AHCI after you install windows very easily. Microsoft has even released an exe fix so you don't have to modify the registry manually.
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March 14, 2012 7:01:19 PM

vbright said:
I built a gaming rig from the ground up and I thought things would go a bit more smoothly. I Have a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 motherboard and I plan on installing Windows 7 Home Premium onto a 64GB SSD and use my 750GB HDD for other files, back ups, etc. Sounds simple enough but here's the problem. I boot up the computer, set SATA to AHCI, save settings and reboot. Then I insert the Windows 7 disc and I get this exact message WORD FOR WORD: "LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM...DISK BOOT FAILURE...INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER...

I do what the message states, I eject the disc, reinsert it and press enter. " I get the same "DISK BOOT FAILURE" message. I even reboot the computer in hopes that it will work. It is almost like my computer doesn't even ATTEMPT to load Windows 7. I have tried just abut everything: Bootable Flash Drive, different SATA ports, formatting the SSD, checked and rechecked all connectors, you name it! I'm slowly losing my mind trying to figure out what is causing this error.. :pt1cable: 

PLEASE HELP!!

P.S. The bootable flash drive shows up in BIOS but I can't boot from it because "The File Size is Incorrect??"


I vaguely remember this happening to me when I installed my SSD. Seems like it was a pretty easy fix. Make sure the SSD you're trying to install is set to the primary disk. Also make sure you boot from the optical drive or to the flash or whatever you're using. Do this by opening the boot menu or changing the priority that it boots devices in.
March 14, 2012 9:14:07 PM

vbright said:
P.S. The bootable flash drive shows up in BIOS but I can't boot from it because "The File Size is Incorrect??"


I'm no expert but I do know that there are problems with USB 3.0 because they are not "natively supported." I ran into this problem with other issues and moving my flash drive to usb 2.0 slots during bootup helped.

Also, I forgot to switch my SATA ports to AHCI when I installed my SSD. They were left on IDE. When I tried switching them to the correct setting. My computer bitch slapped me in the crotch. So I reset it back to IDE. Everything works fine now. I hope I was able to help at least a little.

Jim
March 16, 2012 1:51:55 AM

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March 16, 2012 1:53:36 AM

Thanks for all the help, It's much appreciated. nekulturny you were right I need to fix my Flash drive and boot order. The OS is up and running. Thanks again.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
March 16, 2012 3:25:59 AM

Glad you got it sorted, I figured it was a simple thing.. they really should pick a better message than "DISK BOOT FAILURE" its a scary thing to see on a computer, especially when its what you WANT to see in a brand spanking new hard drive.

I say lets petition for a more friendly message "I'm ready for you to feed me yummy Windows goodness!"
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