Samsung SSD 840 EVO won't install Windows 7
Posted on 2014-01-14
I am trying to install Windows 7 Enterprise to a Samsung SSD 840 EVO on an HP 8300 Small Form Factor (SFF) desktop computer.
Windows install fails-- says it can't install to the SSD because the bios does not support booting to the disk. This is a current computer and AHCI is turned on. Bios IS set to boot from the device. The Samsung SSD is recognized and Windows can create partitions and load. But the Samsung SSD is not bootable. Regular hard drive is bootable with same settings in bios.
For comparison, I tried an Intel series 540 SSD and this is recognized perfectly-- with no changes to bios. Loads windows and boots fine.
Anyone know details of the differences between the SSD drives or ever heard of this issue with the Samsung SSD? I've tried Samsung support, but no response. At some point I though Windows install said the Samsung was a GPT devicse-- thus not bootable.
Samsung SSDs are very popular-- can't imagine they aren't recognized as bootable by Windows 7.