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    Angry Z97X-SLI trouble booting from SSD

    So I got this new system including the S97X-SLI and I installed Windows 7 on the Samsung Evo 840 120gb SSD. At some point, and I don't know what triggered it, when I restarted it simply would not boot from the SSD. I would see the mobo splash screen, can enter BIOS if I want, but past that it just restarts itself. If I try to force boot from the SSD, it just restarts itself.

    I do have an HDD attached, though I've tried various settings with and without the HDD (or even DVD drive) connected. Nothing changes.

    I have tried every setting I can think of regarding legacy drivers, boot priority, etc. The only option for now I can see is to reinstall Win 7 onto the SSD via the recovery DVD. If I boot the DVD via UEFI it will not install to the SSD, saying it is the improper partition type. I have to boot from the DVD drive directly in order for it to recognize the win7 installation and let me overwrite it.

    However, I can only assume this will just happen again so reinstalling Win7 seems like a temporary workaround at best.

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    Default Re: Z97X-SLI trouble booting from SSD

    First thing I would disconnect all SATA cables but the one to the SSD, and I would make sure you have it plugged into the SATA_0. It could be the boot order just got confused in the BIOS.

    If that doesn't work and you insist on a Windows UEFI install, the easiest way I've found is by using a USB stick. For this you would need the Windows ISO and a utility such as Rufus to place the ISO on the USB stick. Even in this case you might need to boot with the DVD and use DISKPART to "clean" the disk first. I've had better luck this way by letting Windows install create the partitions needed for the UEFI.

    At any rate this has always worked for me.
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    Default Re: Z97X-SLI trouble booting from SSD

    Well I did a reformat from the DVD, all is good for now but my hunch is if any drives get disconnected/reconnected or any major settings change, it will likely do it again....If it does, should I go for a UEFI install?

    I tried it the 1st time via a USB i made wth Rufus installation but couldn't get it to work. Don't remember the error exactly now. But I ended up having to use the DVD.

    If it does happen again, should I try for a UEFI install of Win7? Would that make any difference?
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    Default Re: Z97X-SLI trouble booting from SSD

    I don't see why UEFI would make any difference. Over a few months I tried both install methods and couldn't see any great benefit for me of using UEFI with Windows 7 Pro.

    Sometimes it's simple things like a SATA cable not making contact all the time...I have 2 SSD's located where the cables have to bend and twist a bit and every now and then one of them loses contact. You can't even tell by looking, you have to actually push the cable into the SSD and you can see there was a very small gap. I never have that problem with HDD's.
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    Default Re: Z97X-SLI trouble booting from SSD

    I also don't see a UEFI install making a difference, or perhaps you had some settings changed in the bios with regards booting, ie. legacy or UEFI. Personally, I prefer UEFI with windows 8.1, just a personal preference. I keep windows 7 installs to MBR, unless of course you are installing on a large drive with GPT format.
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