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Windows cannot be installed to this disk.

"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".

I'm trying to install windows 8 onto my SSD. I've removed my 2 TB Seagate hard drive so only the ssd is inside the machine. My BIOS Sata Mode is currently set to AHCI Mode and I have tried IDE mode as well.

I've tried Disk Part - cleaning and converting to mbr format.
I've deleted partitions and tried formating a dozen times.
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  1. Sounds like a format issue. Either enable legacy boot support in the BIOS (CSM) to run with your existing MBR format , or format the drive to GPT using diskpart. Explained here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn336946.aspx

    Assuming you have relatively new hardware, you should be looking at GPT anyway.
  2. Barty1884 said:
    Sounds like a format issue. Either enable legacy boot support in the BIOS (CSM) to run with your existing MBR format , or format the drive to GPT using diskpart. Explained here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn336946.aspx

    Assuming you have relatively new hardware, you should be looking at GPT anyway.


    Thank you for the quick reply! I have since followed all of your steps carefully and it created four partitions one of which was a recovery. I selected partition four being the only one I could select and it started to install windows. Immediately after the initial install of updates and allocating files it "needed to reset" and brought me back to my BIOS and has me repeat the same process. Any thoughts?
  3. Not sure how you ended up with 4 partitions. You should delete those partitions before installed - install on the single partition (unallocated) that remains, or partition it out yourself.
  4. When I boot with UEFI mode and CSM enabled I still get the original error on my Disk 1 that's (unallocated). It's formatted to GPT as well.
  5. You shouldn't need CSM enabled once you're in GPT and booting via UEFI....
    Disable CSM now, and try.
  6. So its now installing on the unallocated disk now. After it restarts should I take the windows disk out and switch back to normal boot order or leave it booting my disk reader in UEFI? Sorry in advance for being a noob at this sorta thing.
  7. Did you use the 'boot override'? Or move the USB to boot priorty #1?

    If you used the boot override, that's single time only - it'll reboot to your SSD (assuming it's priority #1)

    If you moved the USB to priority #1, remove it during the first reboot & it'll boot to your SSD to complete the installation.
  8. I am using the boot override. My SSD is the priority boot this last install was showing promise and working like it should. But it loops me right back to installing windows again.
  9. Is the USB still attached? Try removing it as soon as it reboots - that'll (or at least should) ensure it boots to the SSD to complete installation and not to the USB to start again.
  10. I'm using a windows disk to install it but I just removed the disk reader from my boot priorities and am force booting the drive to install windows. But when I do that it just loops again and again. I just tried taking the disk out after it restarts and wants me to " reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press key". Even after it restarts and I force boot my SSD it gives me the same message as if Windows isn't actually saving onto it.
  11. Ok, this has got me stumped & I'm calling it a night. I'll see if anybody else can jump in with some assistance.
  12. Barty1884 said:
    Ok, this has got me stumped & I'm calling it a night. I'll see if anybody else can jump in with some assistance.


    Thanks for the help I really appreciate it. Have a good one!
  13. I'd like to add that my first boot priority is my SSD. I've tried both setting the 2nd and 3rd priority to disabled and as my active disk drive.
  14. Best answer
    See if the advice here applies, it could be you have ssd attached to wrong port on the motherboard

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/35448-63-windows-installed-disk
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