All right guys, let's see if we can fix this. Got an old HP Pavilion dv7 1035eo from 2008. Just bought a Kingston SSDNow UV400 120GB and now Windows 7 64bit doesn't want to install.
It says: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.
I've tried upgrading the BIOS to the latest version but there is no way to enable AHCI in this BIOS. The BIOS options are extremely limited on this computer. The BIOS doesn't find this harddisk. The computer has two harddisk slots, when I run Windows on the original harddisk I can find the new one once I'm in Windows. But I'd like to run Windows off the SSD.
I've also tried with tools to transfer my Windows installation to the SSD but at startup the computer complains that there is no bootable device detected...
Is this doable or am I stuck in the water with a hardware issue?
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I see from the post that you want to install Windows on SSD. Don't worry I'll try my best to help you with this,
HP has locked a few settings on your computer which are being managed by the system configuration as the device is configured to its optimal performance.
There's no way of resetting or changing these locked settings via HP articles or assistance,
I'm after this is not possible on your computer. I hope I have answered your question. Let me know if you need any further assistance. I'll be more than happy to help.
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it seems that your computer was originally shipped with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Tell us a little more about the Installation Media that you are using.
Is it the original media?
If so, this software might require that the capacity of the "target" disk-drive exceed some "minimum" size.
In your case, it's possible that your 120GB SSD is "too small".
> I've also tried with tools to transfer my Windows installation to the SSD
Depending on what tools you have used, that should have worked.
Did your "tool" need to "shrink" one of the partitions, to make the partitions from the "larger" disk-drive "fit" onto the SSD?
> but at startup the computer complains that there is no bootable device detected.
Does this message come from the motherboard, immediately after finishing the POST (Power On Self Tests) procedure, or later, when trying to read from the SSD to start the "boot" process?
Check your BIOS SETUP settings, to be sure that the SSD is "detected", and that it is listed in the "bootable devices" section. Or, when powering-on the computer, look for a message like "press <blah> to select boot device", and select the SSD.
If the error-message occurs "later", then with the SSD connected, boot from the Windows 7 Installation Media, and choose "repair".
It will look at the (small) "boot" partition, and the (large) partition, and try to make repairs.