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Please access the BIOS and press F9 to set the BIOS to default settings then under devices click on the “SATA tab” and you will see the “Hard Disk Pre-Delay” set it to 5 and then press F10 to save all the changes, let the system to restart, then restart again and press F10 on your keyboard when you get the prompts and select the bootable device.
Once you get to the option where you want to install Windows I suggest to delete all partitions if there is any and make the hard drive unallocated, then install the operating system.
Please let me know if that can help you.
I bit the bullet and removed the M2 and attempted to install to SSD using legacy boot. Got Win 7 installed OK but after installing drivers the boot partition could not been seen. Installed drivers as:
Thought it might have been the LAN drivers so did another install and progressively installed drivers and rebooted until I got to the LAN drivers but this time the reboot actually worked fine. This time I installed the USB 3.0 drivers and got the same results, boot partition not visible.
Anyone else had these sorts of problems, very frustrating.....
I'm wondering about two things:
- How do you install W7 without USB3.0 driver?
- What do you mean if you talk about "boot partition not visible"? W7 has two partitions, one (~100MB) for the bootmanager and one for the system...at windows you will only see the system and not the partition for the bootmanager...
Followed this guide http://codeabitwiser.com/2014/03/how-to-install-windows-7-with-only-usb-3-0-ports/ to update my ISO with USB 3.0 drivers, worked a charm.
I 'think' it couldn't see the bootmanager partition as I kept getting the 0xc0000225 bootmanager error. When I swapped out to my spare SSD I got the other problem as I stated above.
Thank you kev_s, if you are installing Windows 7 and you got problems with it, try using the Windows 7* USB 3.0 Creator Utility, I have tried this utility and it works perfectly fine.
Make sure you follow the steps here: