when I try formatting the 100MB space that it creates as an extra space for system files it won't do it. It just sits there with the icon acting like it's doing something for minutes and minutes.
Windows 7/8 installation automatically handles that partition. I believe the only thing you can do is remove it if you decide not to install Windows on that drive.
Also, you do not need to partition(if you want to use maximum capacity) or format anything when installing Windows 7 or 8. All you need to do is tell the setup which drive you want to install Windows on, & Windows Setup handles the rest.
For some as yet unknown reason, the problem you initially described seems to happen on occasion with the AMD chipsets (except for socket FM1), these steps should fix the problem:
1> from a working computer with internet connection, go to ASUS site & download the AMD AHCI Driver for your motherboard (under Utilities for some reason) or download the latest directly from AMD http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/w ... ndows.aspx
& install/extract to a thumb drive
2> with computer unplugged, remove the battery on the motherboard & clear CMOS
3> reinsert battery, plug in computer, start up computer, & enter BIOS
4> Load Optimized BIOS settings
5> Set SATA ports 1 through 4 to ACHI & last two to IDE, be sure to have your Optical drive installed on port 5
6> Change other BIOS settings as necessary, then save & exit BIOS, and insert thumb drive
7> Start Windows 7 or 8 installation, when you get to which drive to install, choose "install driver" option (even if the drives show up) & browse thumb drive for appropriate folder.
8> select drive you want Windows installed on, should be the 180GB SSD for best OS & program performance, & click install or next. (or have you gotten rid of it already?)