I’m experiencing issues in upgrading / installing Windows 8 Pro on my PC which had been formerly running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I have a Corsair 128GB SSD and a Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD, Win 7 was installed to the SSD. I’m averagely competent and familiar with installs / PC building, and BIOS management but far from fluent!
I upgraded to Win 8 from the Microsoft download directly off the computer without creating DVD/USB drive. This appeared to work, I was using Win 8 and configuring the Metro Start page; it ran probably for 60-90 minutes with no issues. I downloaded Firefox and was installing the Flash plugin when the PC crashed. When it tried to restart it returned an error along the lines “no bootable operating system found”. I opened BIOS to check it was attempting to boot from the SSD (the Seagate HDD was not in the Boot list).
On a laptop, also running Windows 7 Home Premium, I downloaded the Windows 8 file again to create a DVD from the .iso (using a link provided in the purchase confirmation email). That DVD I used to try reinstalling Windows 8 as a clean install.
There was already a drive partition on the SSD so I deleted those partitions and was installing to ‘Unallocated Space’ on the SSD (to try a clean install). A couple of minutes into the Windows 8 installation I received an error code 0x80070003.
I then tried the same process with a Windows 7 reinstall / repair CD I had from the laptop (as it was easy to hand). This returned the same error code at roughly the same place in the install; the only significant difference was that power was not delivered to the mouse during the setup menu.
I changed the BIOS settings to remove some overclock and slient fan profiles (returning settings to ‘standard’). Removed a USB wireless drive (Belkin), replaced my gaming keyboard with a basic Dell USB, removed the mouse, and switched monitor from HDMI to DVI connector. I also removed the connection from the Seagate HDD. I then tried with a second Windows 8 DVD I had burned from a different .iso file (this provided via a link Microsoft support sent me). Again I deleted disk partitions, this time I received 0x80070015.
I then tried the second Win8 DVD after changing my SATA configuration from AHCI (as it had been for attempts above) to IDE – receiving error 0x80070037.
For all, my boot sequence has been SSD, CDROM, Removable Dev.
ASUS Sabertooth X58, BIOS revision 1304
Corsair 128GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB
2x EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1024MB
The best I’ve had from Microsoft support is that the SSD is partially corrupt with no explanation how/why that would occur immediately upon trying to upgrade to Windows 8 having been stable running 7 for a year+?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I cannot simply go and buy new SSD.