Installing windows 10 on SSD

I recently decided to purchase an SSD to install Windows on. Unfortunately I am unable to install Windows on the SSD as every time I select the drive on the installer I get this error "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu"

I've looked at lots of other posts of people having this issue but am still not able to resolve the issue. 

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370P D3

SSD: Crucial MX500 250GB SSD


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BIOS is up to date and controller is NOT in legacy mode?

You may need the Windows 10 Pre-Install driver:

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/Z370P-D3-rev-10#support-dl-driver-sataraidahci

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Hi James, connect the SSD to the same SATA port the original drive was connected to and disconnect any other drives on your system

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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I did all of that and then it told me it won't work as the SSD is of the MBR type. So i booted Windows from my hard drive and changed the SSD to the GPT type as that's what it asked for. When i got back into the installer it then told me it won't work as the SSD is of the GPT type.

This is the crap I've been trying to deal with and it has turned into an endless loop. 

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I can tell you fro m personal experience is that installing a Crucial drive (1tb inmy case is a super simple process but you difinitely need to read their docs and may need they image copy utility (from Acronis in my case). The problem sounds like a UEFI/Mbr issue.

In my case, I just bought cheap external case for the SSD and did an image copy. Uninstalled the old drive and then insttalled the copied drive. Worked like a charm in a few minutes without any problems. (My feedback on Crucial support is also very high)

Some ref articles that you may find useful

How to install a Crucial:registered: SSD in your computer
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd-install

Transfer data from an existing drive to your new SSD
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/storage-ssd-getti...

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I'm still getting the "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu". I've contacted Gigabyte to see if they can tell me how to check if the bios is set up correctly since I wasn't able to find anything to do with enabling a disk in the bios. 

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Could it be anything to do with this

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/devices-with-intel-ssd-600p-series-or-intel-ssd/703ab5d8-d93e-4321-b8cc-c70ce22ce2f1

If you are trying to install version 1803 then you could try version 1709 and see if you get the same result. Previous builds are available here: https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php

Unfortunately an external source so the choice is yours.

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Would suggest also reaching out to Crucial. I'd offer the steps I followed but it's been a while - don't remember what I did since it all just worked out of the box (not that info is of any help).
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So i managed to install Windows on the ssd with the help of somebody for gigabyte but now i can't boot windows off tbt ssd since it says "reboot and select proper boot device". 

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As originally mentioned, I never installed 2 simultaneous SSD drives to boot from W10 - I made an image copy of the oirginal drive to an external drive and then simply replaced the original drive.

Go to "Win admin Tools" - 'Disk Management" and see what drives are set as boot drives.
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