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Clean Win7 install on new SSD installation error

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August 3, 2012 1:09:10 AM

I have a Samsung series 9 (NP9004XC) and I am upgrading the 128gb SSD that came with the computer to a Crucial M4 256GB mSATA. I am doing a clean install from a bootable USB that I created from the recovery disc that was included with the computer.

I can load up setup but once I get to the part where I choose what disk I want to install it to I get an error. There is only one disk listed (Disk 0, Partition 1) and when I try to select that disk to install Windows to I get the error:

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

I cannot not find anything in the BIOS that would help. Fast BIOS mode is disabled and AHCI mode is set to enabled.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
August 3, 2012 1:21:10 AM

Have you checked for a bios update?
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August 3, 2012 1:23:25 AM

Ah you are using recovery media. That's the issue. either clone the old drive or install fresh.
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August 3, 2012 1:24:44 AM

I have updated the BIOS to the most recent version.
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August 3, 2012 1:25:28 AM

I am trying to install fresh. When I get to the Windows 7 setup where I have to choose which disk to install it to is where I get the error.
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August 3, 2012 1:32:31 AM

ad if it running the windows 7 set up then go under advance mode and let windows 7 make the partions. if the ssd has one partion then windows 7 want you to delete it so that it can make two partion the system restore and the data partion.
if it running a norton ghost or drive clone program to restore the hard drive then it looking for the drive to have a partion and be formatted.
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August 3, 2012 1:59:07 AM

If it's a specialized OEM version it could require a second partition, that makes sense.
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