Windows 10 installation on SSD drive

i've got Windows 10 working well on my old emachines ET1331-02 PC. i've recently bought an SSD drive to improve performance, but i can't get Windows 10 to install on the SSD drive. I get a variety of errors that seem to prevent me from using an SSD with Windows 10. is this an issue with the motherboard? or with Windows 10 and SSD drives? BTW, i can mount the drive and use it without issue as a another local disk. 
 

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Hi Joe. I'm Greg, an installation specialist and 8 year Windows MVP, here to help you.

Follow the illustrated Clean Install steps in this tutorial which compiles the best possible install that will stay that way as long as you stick with the tools and methods given: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

Make sure all other drives and peripherals are unplugged. Update the BIOS or UEFI firmware to latest, or reset to Defaults, making sure SATA controller is set to AHCI.

To create Windows 10 Installation Media install Media Creation Tool and follow the directions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m.... If you're using another PC to do this then uncheck the box for Recommended Settings to choose the exact version and bit rate for the target PC only.

Insert media, boot it by powering up PC while pressing the BIOS Boot Menu Key: https://www.sysnative.com/forums/hardware-tutor...

If the media won't boot you may need to enter BIOS/UEFI Setup (pressing key given in chart in link above) to turn off Fast Boot or Fast Startup first.

Choose the boot device as a UEFI device if offered, on first screen press Shift + F10 to open a Command Prompt, type the following commands followed by Enter key:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SEL DIS # (replace # with the disk # of the Windows disk from list in previous command)
CLEAN
EXIT

Close Command Box, on second screen choose Install Now, then Custom Install, then at the drive selection screen choose Unallocated Space, click Next to let it create needed partitions and start install - this makes it foolproof.

You will get and keep the best possible install to the exact extent you stick with the steps, tools and methods in the linked tutorial. It's a better install than any amount of money could buy and a great learning experience that will make you the master of your PC.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.


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There should not be an issue installing Windows on SSD

It could be a motherboard issue if it's not Windows 10 compatible

please visit the following link and follow the instructions for downloading and installing the latest version of Windows 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-downlo...

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any further assistance.

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Hi Greg,

I've tried some (disconnecting all other drives, booking to the usb drive with the installation media), but not all of the steps you've provided above.  i can't seem to find where to set the SATA controller is set to AHCI in my bios. that's my I think my motherboard maybe too old... 2009 vintage emachines ET1331-02. the Win 10 installation media gives me various errors about how my hardware might not support installing on the drive i'm targeting. 

I'm not sure how to update the bios, but I'll try the steps you've listed above, especially the ones I haven't seen before. 

thanks

Joe

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Hi Joe, what is the exact error message you are getting when you follow the steps I gave above?
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Hi Joe,

Remove your HDD from your system and just connect the SSD

Insert the Bootable Installation Media, then go into your BIOS and make the following changes:
1. Set SATA Mode to AHCI
2. Disable Secure Boot
3. Enable Legacy Boot
4. If Available enable CSM
5. If Required enable USB Boot
6. Move the device with the bootable disc to the top of the boot order
7. Save BIOS changes, restart your System and it should boot from the Installation Media
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Greg,

Here's the error message as well as the bios screens. I can't find AHCI vs IDE anywhere.

Joe

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I dont' see where you followed the steps I wrote out to clean the Hard drive, or even the illustrated steps in the tutorial to delete all partitions down to Unallocated Space and then click Next to let it auto-create and format the needed partitions.

For one thing the presence of the MSR partition shows that the hard drive is installed in a UEFI PC to GPT disk format, but your BIOS settings show no evidence it's even from the era of UEFI. So it would have to have all partitions deleted to reset the formatting to MBR, exactly the reason I say to delete all partitions, and even had you go the extra step of running Diskpart Clean Command which removes all traces of the boot code and partition table.
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OK after re-reading the Drive Map I see that you have two hard drives there. This is also why I said to unplug all other hard drives.

Please start at the top of the steps I gave and follow them exactly , because they are compiled from ten years of troubleshooting countless thousands of install issues and cover 95% or more of failures.
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yes, i haven't followed your steps yet. but I can't figure out one of the first steps you gave wrt the bios....

"Make sure all other drives and peripherals are unplugged. Update the BIOS or UEFI firmware to latest, or reset to Defaults, making sure SATA controller is set to AHCI.

I can unplug the other drives, I can't see how to set the SATA contorller to AHCI with my bios. Can you suggest where I might do that with the bios screens I've provided?

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followed all of the steps. and still see the same issue. from what I've researched my hardware is new enough to have AHCI, i just can't find it in my bios ??? Help!!! :)

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