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Windows cannot be installed to this disk.

Hey guys,

Just got a Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD and want to do a clean install of Windows 7 64bit on to it.

However, when I get to the 'Where do you want to install windows?' screen, I get the error message:

'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.'

Any suggestions?


Additional information:

Specs are in my signature
I do no have another HDD plugged in (it is to the PSU, but not via SATA to the mobo)
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  1. Well did you go into the Bios and set the Boot Priority?
  2. Make sure you set your BIOS to AHCI instead of SATA.
  3. Im in the bios now, (on these forums using my laptop) under the Boot tab and I have these options:

    Priorities:
    Boot Option 1 - SATA: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-H31L
    Boot Option 2 - UEFI: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-H31L

    (I can only choose SATA or UEFI for each option)
  4. Edit: Now Im in the advanced tab I can see this:

    Advanced/Storage Priorites:

    Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode: IDE Mode
    Bootable: No

    SATA Mode: IDE Mode
    Controller 0: Compatible
    Controller1: Enabled
    Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T: Disabled


    SATA3_0: Not Detected
    SATA3_1: Not Detected
    SATA2_2: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-H3 ATAP1
    SATA2_3: Not Detected
    SATA2_4: Not Detected
    SATA2_5: Not Detected
  5. Shutdown your PC, make sure the connectors are properly seated (including power), then restart. In the BIOS, you want to be in AHCI rather than IDE mode (although the drive should still show up; you won't have TRIM nor best performance in IDE mode). If the drive still doesn't show up in the BIOS, you got a DOA.
  6. The drive can be found, I tested that by reconnecting my bootable HDD and using my SSD as a data drive, it found it, partitioned it and I copied files onto it which I used. So the SSD is fine
  7. In the above screens, it is not appearing in your BIOS. Does it look like a USB device to Windows? Is it formatted as NTFS?
  8. Best answer
    You are connecting to the INTEL sata III port correct, NOT the marvel controller.
    You need to set Intel controller to AHCI mode.
    Disable marvel sata III controller unless you are using - Marvel controller OK for HDD (But should also be set to AHCI mode, not IDE.) But really very little advantage of connecting a Sata III HDD to SATA III port anyway.

    I have the Non gen3 Asrock extrem4 MB and had no problems setting up a aggility III with windows 7. Just last week removed the agillity III and installed my new Samsung 830, again running smoothly. At work so can not access my Bios.
    My current set up
    Intel sata III port 0 - 128 gig Samsung 830
    Intel sata III port 1 - 120 gig Agility III
    Intel sata II port 4 - 1 TB samsung F3 HDD
    Intel sata II port 5 - LG Blu-ray Writer.

    NOTE: Your Intel port should be set to AHCI, NOT IDE and SMART should be enabled.
    When you get to installing windows - DO A Custom instal and DELETE all partitions you have created!!
  9. Right guys, I figured out what the problem was regarding the bios not showing the SSD - I had it plugged into a marvel SATA3 socket.

    Ive now reconnected it to the recommended intel one, and it now shows up so the screen looks like this:

    Advanced/Storage Priorites:

    Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode: IDE Mode
    Bootable: No

    SATA Mode: IDE Mode
    Controller 0: Compatible
    Controller1: Enabled
    Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T: Disabled


    SATA3_0: Corsair Force 3 SSD
    SATA3_1: Not Detected
    SATA2_2: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-H3 ATAP1
    SATA2_3: Not Detected
    SATA2_4: Not Detected
    SATA2_5: Not Detected


    so, what what options here do I need to change? :)
  10. As I stated:
    Controller = AHCI, not IDE and then enable SMART.

    Also, I'd stick your DVD drive on one of the last two Intel sata II ports.
  11. Ah, now you're cooking with gas.
  12. Sata Mode : IDE mode should be ACHI mode. Not IDE.
  13. Best answer selected by Gallarian.
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