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Windows 8 Installation Problems

  1. #1


    Posts : 59
    Win 8.1 Pro X64

    Windows 8 Installation Problems


    I've been working on this and reading MANY posts over the past week and I've reached a roadblock. Can someone help?

    I have a brand new system with an OEM version of Windows 8 installed (Core not Pro)
    ASUS CM 6870
    2 TB HD
    16 TB RAM
    ASUS P8H77-M Pro Motherboard

    The new system works well but I have also purchased an OCZ Vector 256GB SSD and intend to install it as my primary hard drive.

    ASUS didn't and will not supply a recovery disk.

    ASUS provides an activation key for a downloadable version of Acronis True image. I tried that but their version is not compatible with Windows 8. I managed to get a newer version but it didn't recognize that the SSD was installed.

    Next, I used Win 8 to make a recovery drive USB drive thinking that I would be able to do a clean install of Win with it. I had the 2TB HD disconnected and the SSD installed but the recovery drive refused to install Win 8. I either got the message "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again." or "The drive is too small to format" (the wording on the last may not be exact)

    I was able to "find" a Windows 8 ISO file. I burned it to a DVD and was able to install Win 8 but it was not a UEFI installation. There were only 2 SSD HD partitions: 1. System Reserved - 350 MB NTFS. 2. 238.13 GB NTFS Healthy.

    I then deleted these volumes and followed the UEFI installation instructions in the thread:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    Windows installed but it was not a UEFI installation. I got the same partitions as above. At step 6, I only saw the 2 partitions.

    I tried this process twice with the same results.

    The USB stick was prepared using the instructions in this thread:
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    I think that the USB drive should have had 4 partitions on it but it only has one:
    7.47 GB FAT32 Healthy.

    Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.


    I've been working on this and reading MANY posts over the past week and I've reached a roadblock. Can someone help?

    I have a brand new system with an OEM version of Windows 8 installed (Core not Pro)
    ASUS CM 6870
    2 TB HD
    16 TB RAM
    ASUS P8H77-M Pro Motherboard

    The new system works well but I have also purchased an OCZ Vector 256GB SSD and intend to install it as my primary hard drive.

    ASUS didn't and will not supply a recovery disk.
    For cloning try this:
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

    16 TB RAM
    Typo, I hope.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 59
    Win 8.1 Pro X64


    16 TB RAM
    Typo, I hope.
    Thank-you for your response theog,

    I wish too! It's a typo. You know that I meant 16 GB RAM.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.
    For cloning try this:
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
    I've downloaded Paragon but when I get to step 7 of your instructions, I only see the drive that I want to copy from not the OCZ SSD that I want to copy to.

    Maybe that's because I don't really understand step 2: "2) Install your New HDD to a USB Dvice."

    I have a spare drive bay and have the SSD installed there and it appears in my BIOS Boot priority and it shows up in Disk Manager as "unallocated space"

    Is there something that I need to differently?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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