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Default 10-22-2009, 02:39 PM

I've seen that error show up on a bad SSD before, but it was a RunCore so I could hook it up to a desktop PC to check it.

Check the BIOS to make sure it shows the correct information for that SSD? If not it may be bad.

You said you got the installer to load, then if you go under the advanced options where you can make/delete/format partitions what does it show there?


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Default 10-22-2009, 02:44 PM

nope the hard rive is all there and when i try to go to advanced optons no matter what i do i get that same error message


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Default 10-22-2009, 02:48 PM

You may want to start over. Once you delete the partitions you have to create a new one and make it active before it will install.

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Default 10-22-2009, 02:51 PM

how do i make it active cuz im pretty sure i deleted os x so my hard drive should be empty


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Default 10-22-2009, 02:56 PM

My best guess is either there's something possibly corrupt on the USB install stick or more likely the SSD wasn't completely wiped out to get rid of the OSX partition information maybe. Pretty sure I've seen that error on another machine that went from OSX to Win7/Vista because the drive still had OSX partition info on it.

Just because you don't see any partitions or data on the drive, it may still be set up with OSX style formatting.

You could make another bootable USB stick and put DBan on it and run that on the SSD. If there's anything left from OSX on there, it will get totally blown away and the drive will be minty fresh and ready to use assuming nothing else is wrong.

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Default 10-22-2009, 03:07 PM

I've done this at least a half dozen times in the past 5 days.

1. Plug your USB drive into a Windows PC.
2. Format it NTFS
3. Open a command line prompt
4. Change to the \boot directory on your Win7 DVD
5. Enter - bootsect /nt60 x: where x: is the USB drive you just formatted
6. Copy all files from your Win7 DVD to the USB drive

You're done.
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Default 10-22-2009, 03:22 PM

can you explain that for people less smart :S


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Default 10-22-2009, 03:31 PM

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can you explain that for people less smart :S
Which step needs further explanation? I'm not trying to be sarcastic, btw.
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Default 10-22-2009, 03:43 PM

like the last 3


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Default 10-22-2009, 03:52 PM

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like the last 3
I made it 2 steps instead of 3 so it's now even easier.

4. Change to the \boot directory on your Win7 DVD

In the Command window enter the following commands which are in red
x: where x is your Win7 DVD
Enter
cd\boot
Enter
bootsect /nt60 x: where x: is the USB drive you just formatted
Enter
Exit

5. Copy all files from your Win7 DVD to the USB drive

Open Windows Explorer
Click on the Win7 DVD in the left pane
Highlight everything in the right pane
Control C - Copies everything that's highlighted
Click on the USB drive
Right click on the USB drive
Select Copy - this will take a while
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