....I can't for the life of me get windows 7 to install onto my SSD. I formatted a new USB to run as a windows boot drive. It seemed to work great, .... I don't want to keep trying to install out of fear of ruining my SSD by formatting it so many times....
1. Is the SSD seen in BIOS?
2. Is it set to AHCI?
3. I assume you mean you are trying to install Win7 from a USB flash drive? Are you trying from a USB3 port? Did you try a USB2 port? Did you try an ODD?
4. Don't worry about numerous install attempts shortening your SSDs lifespan, but without changing a parameter there is no point in repeating what doesn't work and expecting different results.
Complete system specs? Like it might have been less irritating to know what SSD, what USB drive?...links would even be less irritating since people volunteering their time wouldn't have to look them up and it would specify exactly what part you are talking about since I am quite certain for example that "Gskill Ripjaw 8g RAM" will have at least four possible models (edit: link; only off by a factor of seven).
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