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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation hard drive / ssd don't show up

29 May 2012   #11
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The Win7 installer is driver-complete for SATA storage drivers, which is why I suggested to use the latest official installer ISO w/SP1 which I linked you, written with the tool that is most reliable.

Please reply to each step I gave you. The step you skip is often the fix. We have a 100% install rate for those who actually do the work.

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30 May 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimat x64

Suggestion -- As long as you have a valid Win7 license key, try downloading a fresh ISO image from DigitalRiver that already has ServicePack1 included. I have seen other instances where an older version of Win7 does not play nice with SSD's or motherboards with the newer UEFI BIOS when attempting a fresh install of the operating system.

After you accept the license terms, the next screen should be "where do you want to install windows to?". If no drives are shown at this point, click on 'install drivers' and you should be able to browse for a DVD or USB drive with the drivers available on it. If, after this, no drivers show up, try unchecking the box "do not show drivers that are not compatible with this hardware". If the drivers then show up, your system is telling you the drivers are not compatible; and you need to search for different drivers that are.

Once the drivers find the drive and attach to it, the drive should then show up to be able to select and install the operating system to.

I had a similar problem with an ASUS desktop motherboard, and the later version of Win7 with the SP1 already present installed flawlessly and resolved all of the issues I was having.

Sorry, did not see Greg's post on Page2 of the thread -- kinda duplicates what he is saying
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10 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apmm17 View Post
Hello, in advance a thank you for your help.

I bought a laptop asus K55VM, and switch the optical drive for a SSD.
Hi, i bought the same notebook and i don't know how to pull out dvd, anyone can help me ?
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10 Aug 2012   #14

Windows 7 x64

Did you check to make sure the SSD is compatible with that laptop?

Did you install it in the Optical bay first?

Have you checked the drives on another system?
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18 Aug 2012   #15

Windows 7 pro x64
Resolved .....

I had the same problem,

same laptop Asus K55VM, install SSD ocz vertex 4 d'ont boot, first boot, pres crtl + alt + supr and boot.

Update de firmware de SSD ocz vertex 4, ver.1.5, problem resolved.
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17 Oct 2012   #16

Windows 7 x64
Good work

OK tested
update firmware and working!
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