Windows 8.1 Pro
MB = Biostar TA970
SSD drive trying to install Windows on = SanDiskUltra II 480GB
Hey, everyone. I am trying to upgrade my Custom System to make the SSD I just bought a the Boot drive using the same installation media for my legit activated copy of Windows I am using my HDD right now. I built this machine and installed Windows on it about 10 months ago. I can get the installation going on either USB flash drive or disk, but every time it tells me it needs to reboot to continue and it does not boot, It just restarts says to insert a bootable device every time. I have been researching this topic and trying to make it work for the last 3 days and I am at my whits end. Let me get out of the way some of the things I have done or not yet tried to speed up the dialogue:
-Updated SSD Firmware through SanDisk Software
-Updated BiOS Firmware
-Unplugged Every drive but the install SSD while installing Windows
-Plugged SSD into the lowest numerical SATA Port #1
- Put BiOS in AHCI mode like I was supposed to
- Checked to see if "Safe Boot" was enabled: System doesn't have this feature
- Ran installation as UEFI device.
- Cleaned Disk and converted to GPT using "diskpart"
- Allowed Windows to create it's own partitions and format them.
- Used diskpart to create my own partitions and formatted, labeled, and assigned them using a guide.
select disk 1
create partition efi size=350
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
- Ran Start UP Repair, Restore system, from windows's installation drive and disk - none of that worked
- Checked ran diagnostics to test SSD in SanDisk software and ran checkdisk and found no errors. SSD has no problem showing up in Bios or Disk Managment or anywhere else when I plug my Windows HDD back in.
- Began to think maybe it was driver issue and did see and install update for chipset drivers for my Motherboard and installed them. I haven't tried to install again since.
- Some were suggesting to reset the BiOS to default settings, but iIwasn't sure if that was something that would really cause a boot failure so I haven't tried that yet. I do have a bit of an overclock going on though.
- Noticed Windows installation allows you to run a driver from a disk or USB. Maybe there is some driver I need to find and install that way, because my worry is that, Windows installation has not had a chance to install it's AHCI driver or something like that and that is why it isn't booting and why they ask if I want to install a driver? Maybe? I am really not sure.
That is about where I stand, SSD plugged in and not being used. Anyone know what step I missed or have any guesses? Thanks for all your responses. I greatly appreciate your help.