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Problems when trying to install Windows 7 on a new SSD in ASUS UL30A

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September 9, 2013 2:06:39 PM

Dear users at Tom's Hardware

I am new to this site and hope someone can help me. I have been using my 13.3'' notebook ASUS UL30A for several years now and have been very happy with it. Now it is pretty slow and I wanted to change the 500 GB Harddrive with a Samsung EVO 840 SSD. It is physically installed now and I wanted to start from scratch with a new Windows 7 installation. I ran into troubles, though, receiving the following message when trying to create partitions:

'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.'

I have been viewing several pages on the Internet and got the impression it is a problem maybe connected to the hardware. I figured it was beyond my knowledge and hope someone can help me make it Work. I Wonder if my hardware has any limitations, making it impossible to accomplish my task?

September 10, 2013 2:38:24 AM

Since I get no responses, maybe I should add that I have been looking for AHCI in the bios, but what is available there is:
Advanced > Ide Configuration > SATA Operation Mode.
It is set to 'Enhanced'. The alternative is 'Compatible'. I see no AHCI!

October 29, 2013 6:59:22 AM

Did you find a solution for this? I am considering doing the same upgrade on an ASUS UL30A.

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