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Solved Installing Windows 8.1 on a brand new SSD


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#1
Hi all,

A few days ago, I bought a GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD and a Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM HDD from a PC parts store. I installed them in my tower's case and connected them up. Then, I attempted to install Windows 8.1 Core onto the SSD from a bootable USB drive I had made using Microsoft's Installation Media Creation Tool. The installer promptly error'd. I attempted a few more times, to no avail. I contact MS's answer desk, and they couldn't help, so I left it for the night and went to bed. The next day, I decide that I will attempt to install Windows onto the HDD and then clone it over. Of course, it installed perfectly fine on the HDD. Using both Windows' System Image Backup/Restore tool and a myriad of others, I still could not get an installation on the SSD. I ran a surface test on the SSD which turned up fine. I tried again tonight with the same USB drive to install Windows onto the SSD, again, it error'd, I contacted the MS Answer Desk again, they had me change a BIOS settings, and then take my ram cards out and clean them with an eraser. Neither of those worked, and MS support suggested I contact a local tech as it is a hardware issue.

Do you guys have any thoughts on what I should do? Feel free to PM or reply asking for more info.

TIA,
Stannis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy h8-1425a (swapped out the standard HDD and 1 RAM card)
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4GHz
    Motherboard
    IPMMB-FM (Formosa)
    Memory
    12GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 640 w/ 3GB of VRAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD, Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
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    Razer Naga Hex
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    Chrome
    Other Info
    Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB

KYHI

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#2
Now that you have windows on the HDD - Does the SSD show up in file explorer? and Disk management ?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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#3
I would check and tell you, but of course windows isn't playing nice with the HDD, so I'm currently resetting it. Nothing of value will be lost, the install was only about 10 hours old

-Stannis

EDIT: I should add though, while the windows was working, the SSD did show up in disk management, not in file explorer though, b/c it had no partitions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy h8-1425a (swapped out the standard HDD and 1 RAM card)
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4GHz
    Motherboard
    IPMMB-FM (Formosa)
    Memory
    12GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 640 w/ 3GB of VRAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD, Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
    Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB
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#4
OK, booted back into windows on the HDD, and the SSD is visible in disk management and explorer (because it's partitioned atm)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy h8-1425a (swapped out the standard HDD and 1 RAM card)
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4GHz
    Motherboard
    IPMMB-FM (Formosa)
    Memory
    12GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 640 w/ 3GB of VRAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD, Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
    Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB

Maltesespace

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#5
Is the SSD set as Disk 0 or Disk 1? Try having the SSD in Sata port 0 as that usually works the best. If the HDD is in slot 0 that may be your problem.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self build (Desktop) / Dell (Laptop)
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4690k (Desktop) / Intel Core i7 5500u (Laptop)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z97 (Desktop) / Dell (Laptop)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 (Desktop) / 16GB DDR3L (laptop)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (Desktop) / AMD R7 M270 (Laptop)
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Pavilion 27bw
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 (Desktop) / 3840x2160 (Laptop)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 120GB
    WD Black 500GB
    WD Blue 1TB
    (Desktop)
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (Laptop)
    PSU
    Corsair 750w
    Case
    Ultra atx
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink
    Keyboard
    Razer Black Widow
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    Roccat Kone XTD
    Internet Speed
    250Mbps Down / 20Mbps Up
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    Chrome
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Clintlgm

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#6
OK, booted back into windows on the HDD, and the SSD is visible in disk management and explorer (because it's partitioned atm)
I'm wondering if your having issues because your system is UEFI and your trying to install a MBR Version? or Vise Versa your system is MBR and your trying to install UEFI.
To install UEFI windows 8 on boot up hit the ESC key or F8 key what ever your key your motherboard will give you a boot menu and select UEFI USB or UEFI DVD its important to boot from the UEFI boot to install UEFI GPT, If this boots start the install put in your language and then hit the F10 key this will bring up a Command Prompt type in DISKPART, Then LIST this will list the hard drives on your computer. Select your SSD and then Clean and then convert GPT after that is successful continue the install.
It is best to disconnect all drives other than the one you want to install Windows 8.1 too.
After the install reboot since your SSD is the only bootable drive connected it will boot and set your SSD as first boot drive.
After the next reboot, Connect all your drives on reboot hit the boot menu key again and insure that your SSD is the drive booing from. once in windows go to your old boot drive and delete the windows folder or rename it window.old. Problem should be solved.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro MC
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus G75VW / Z97 Pro
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3610QM / I7-4790K
    Motherboard
    Z97 Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Hyundai HTM315156CFR8C-PB PC3-12800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (GF114M)
    Sound Card
    VIA 6.0.10.1600
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256, Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    Internet Speed
    30 down 3 up
    Browser
    Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    NIS and Malwarebytes

KYHI

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#7
good point.. With both drives installed >

From command prompt(admin)
Type> diskpart
Type> list disk
type> list volume

post a pic of cmd windows
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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#8
good point.. With both drives installed >

From command prompt(admin)
Type> diskpart
Type> list disk
type> list volume

post a pic of cmd windows
OK, booted back into windows on the HDD, and the SSD is visible in disk management and explorer (because it's partitioned atm)
I'm wondering if your having issues because your system is UEFI and your trying to install a MBR Version? or Vise Versa your system is MBR and your trying to install UEFI.
To install UEFI windows 8 on boot up hit the ESC key or F8 key what ever your key your motherboard will give you a boot menu and select UEFI USB or UEFI DVD its important to boot from the UEFI boot to install UEFI GPT, If this boots start the install put in your language and then hit the F10 key this will bring up a Command Prompt type in DISKPART, Then LIST this will list the hard drives on your computer. Select your SSD and then Clean and then convert GPT after that is successful continue the install.
It is best to disconnect all drives other than the one you want to install Windows 8.1 too.
After the install reboot since your SSD is the only bootable drive connected it will boot and set your SSD as first boot drive.
After the next reboot, Connect all your drives on reboot hit the boot menu key again and insure that your SSD is the drive booing from. once in windows go to your old boot drive and delete the windows folder or rename it window.old. Problem should be solved.
I'm away from the PC in question at the moment, give me a couple hours and I should be back there. I'll try Clintlgm's advice first. If that doesn't work, I'll get that diskpart stuff for you KYHI.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy h8-1425a (swapped out the standard HDD and 1 RAM card)
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4GHz
    Motherboard
    IPMMB-FM (Formosa)
    Memory
    12GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 640 w/ 3GB of VRAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD, Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
    Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB

KYHI

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#9
I'm away from the PC in question at the moment, give me a couple hours and I should be back there. I'll try Clintlgm's advice first. If that doesn't work, I'll get that diskpart stuff for you KYHI.
Hope it is just something as simple as a boot menu selection, that could be the issue and would be easy to solve..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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5
#10
Went into the computer shop today, showed them the drive, swapped it for a new one, came home, all works fine. Thanks for your advice guys, but it turns out it was probably the simplest answer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy h8-1425a (swapped out the standard HDD and 1 RAM card)
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4GHz
    Motherboard
    IPMMB-FM (Formosa)
    Memory
    12GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 640 w/ 3GB of VRAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD, Toshiba 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
    Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB

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