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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just added windows 7 to htpc. I down loaded the updates and restarted CPU. I am now getting a black screen stating... Operate serial ata driver diskette y/n . Wether I select yes or no, it continues to come back to this screen. Any thoughts as to what I should do?
post #2 of 16
fresh install or upgrade?
did you mess with the bios any?

Looks like your Bios is set up for AHCI mode and Windows is in IDE mode.
post #3 of 16
I would go into your bios and double check your boot drive. It should be priority DVD first (to load the windows install DVD) and SSD second. Make sure your SATA mode is ACHI.

Then- try windows install again.

But this time choose advanced. Select your SSD and delete all partitions. Then create a new partition. Then format it.

Then install.

I had that problem once and that procedure fixed it. You might have formatted your drive in one mode then switched to another or something...
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
This a fresh install. My bios is set for achi. Do I need to reinstall Windows.
post #5 of 16
I would delete the partition on that SSD drive. Restart. Create a new partition on it. Format it. Install.

Do that and it should work. There is an issue with your current SSD set up, either in bios or how it's partitioned.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by stamina1914 View Post

This a fresh install. My bios is set for achi. Do I need to reinstall Windows.

Yes. If it is a clean install and you have nothing to lose on the drive then delete the partition and then reboot/restart. Then create a new partition. Format that. Install windows.

All done through advanced options in the windows install screen after the DVD loads up.

Make sure your in ACHI mode. That is good.

Did you perhaps format the drive or try installing in IDE and then switch to ACHI ? This is a brand new bare SSD drive ??

What model and brand ? What other hardware do you have ? Do you have any USB or HDD's hooked up ? Or anything in USB slots?
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I would go into your bios and double check your boot drive. It should be priority DVD first (to load the windows install DVD) and SSD second. Make sure your SATA mode is ACHI.
Then- try windows install again.
But this time choose advanced. Select your SSD and delete all partitions. Then create a new partition. Then format it.
Then install.
I had that problem once and that procedure fixed it. You might have formatted your drive in one mode then switched to another or something...

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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Yes. If it is a clean install and you have nothing to lose on the drive then delete the partition and then reboot/restart. Then create a new partition. Format that. Install windows.
All done through advanced options in the windows install screen after the DVD loads up.
Make sure your in ACHI mode. That is good.
Did you perhaps format the drive or try installing in IDE and then switch to ACHI ? This is a brand new bare SSD drive ??
What model and brand ? What other hardware do you have ? Do you have any USB or HDD's hooked up ? Or anything in USB slots?

This is the Intel 330 180 SSD. Everything was done correctly per assassins guide, I do have a USB dongle for my keyboard and mouse hooked up to CPU. I did format the disk or anything like that. My HDD is unplug and not. Connected. Is windows now on th SSD and should I have the SSD now boot first?
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Where would delete the partition etc, I can get into windows. You mentioned a reboot and a fresh install how would I begin, that process.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Btw, when hit yes, it tells me source: general serial ata driver diskette
Supported drive found: floppy 1.44mb and USB drive
post #10 of 16
You could copy the achi drivers from your motherboard disc onto a usb stick and fix the problem.

I recommend starting from scratch.
unplug all hard drives (you only want SSD and DVD) Make sure ssd is in a Sata 3 6Gbit port
Put bios in Achi mode
reboot onto your windows install disc.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
I can do this again. But for my edification, why am I getting this message what did I do wrong and what am I trying to do or not do the second time around to avoid getting the same message.

Btw I did place place mobos cd in the drive to get the lan drivers. I got it done right and then went and got all the windows updates off the internet. Should I have placed the Windows cd back in the optical drive?
post #12 of 16
I really have no idea what you did.
I have seen this error many times, but I do a lot of things the average user doesn't do.

Is this a new build or are you using older equipment? you kind of threw me off when you installed the motherboard lan drivers.

Once windows is installed you don't need the windows disc anymore.
post #13 of 16
Do u have the correct boot device selected in the bios? It may be looking to boot from a drive that does not have windows installed.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
so should I go back in the bios and change it to boot from SSD since windows is now installed? That probably what it is my mono disk is still in and CPU is set to boot from the optical drive. I hope that's what it is.
post #15 of 16
Yeah try pointing it to the sad and see what happens
post #16 of 16
Set it to boot from your DVD rom. Once windows loads up select advanced options.

Delete your partition.

Create a new partition

Format that new partition

Install windows to it.

Then don't touch anything. Let windows I stall do its thing.

If it happens again go into bios and make sure your SSD is first boot priority.

Make sure if you have legacy diskette disabled as boot device if you have floppy drive. That will mess you up too. I'd unplug it if you have one until install is over and done.

I said the same process earlier did you even try it?
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