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Old 02-11-2014, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry AHCI/IDE problem?

I just got all of my new gear in the mail (listed below). My SSD has a previous install of Windows 8.1 on it.
I am unable to boot to the CD if I'm in AHCI mode for the SSD (bluray can be in either IDE or AHCI mode for this to happen). But when I get to the beginning of the install where windows asks me which HD I want to install it on, it tells me the HD is unable to accept that installation. It tells me, "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."
After doing some research, I find it's because the SSD is in IDE mode and windows wants it to be in AHCI mode. BUT I can't get passed the "spinning" loading icon if the SSD is in IDE mode. The previous installation of windows is in AHCI mode, I double checked by putting the SSD back into my laptop and rightclick on mycomputer, properties, device manager, yes the SATA drive is AHCI.
So then I read that it's possible that the AHCI drivers need to be manually found in the 'hard drive select' screen, from a USB. But I did in fact try to select the AMD AHCI drivers from USB, and it acted like the flash drive was empty. So I'm officially out of ideas.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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SImple, if you can download Microsoft Store

Take the official windows 7 or 8 iso and put it on a usb stick.
Power down the machine, unplug the cd-drive and any other hdd.
Make sure you have the drive you want to use for windows.
Power it back on and start the windows installation again.
Tell windows installation you want your ssd, tell it to format. click next.
The rest should go fine if nothing else pops up,
After the installation, power down your machine, reconnect the drives power it back on.

Finally flash your troll face at the new machine and enjoy your computer.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The problem seems to be more complicated than that. I only have one HD, my SSD I'm trying to wipe/reinstall windows 8 on. And one bluray drive.

I put an iso of w8 on the flash drive and that gave the same boring results that booting from the DVD did. Just sticks at the spinning logo when the SSD is in AHCI mode. In IDE mode, it at least gets to the windows installation, where it tells me I have to change the adapter settings.

Keep in mind, on my laptop in the device manager, the SSD was seen as a SATA AHCI drive. So that's where my confusion lies. Is it a motherboard driver? A bios driver? The adapter settings are correct in BIOS when it fails to fully load the installation environment...
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The problem seems to be more complicated than that. I only have one HD, my SSD I'm trying to wipe/reinstall windows 8 on. And one bluray drive.

I put an iso of w8 on the flash drive and that gave the same boring results that booting from the DVD did. Just sticks at the spinning logo when the SSD is in AHCI mode. In IDE mode, it at least gets to the windows installation, where it tells me I have to change the adapter settings.

Keep in mind, on my laptop in the device manager, the SSD was seen as a SATA AHCI drive. So that's where my confusion lies. Is it a motherboard driver? A bios driver? The adapter settings are correct in BIOS when it fails to fully load the installation environment...
I'm going to ahci mode maybe the problem your having.
Try using ide modelook at your connectors on the mobo.
Put the ssd on sata connector 1, start up the machine and go to bios.
Check th boot drive option and see what comes up.
We're hoping for ssd will go to first prioritt drive 1.
If so try the windows installation from the usb stick again.

Follow what i mentioned in my last post.
If everything gos fine, take the other blue drive and connect it to sata 3.

I know its confusing as hell, I've gone through this crap every year when i remove a optical or hdd. :/

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I don't know why but it will fully boot when in IDE mode. But it will tell me that the HD controller needs to be changed. And I've tried with the USB as well, but I guess it couldn't hurt anything to try it again.
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