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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation does not show drive

27 Mar 2010   #1
Bodom

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 installation does not show drive

Im tryin to get my 64GB Mtron SSD runnin with Windows 7 but I can't get it to show up in the installation process. It shows just fine in the BIOS, in device manager, in My Computer and in Windows Disk Management, in fact I can even use it as storage but for some reason It will not show up as a disk to install Windows. I have tried as IDE in BIOS and AHCI and in AHCI mode it will not show up in the BIOS at all or anywhere, I can only get it to show in IDE mode. It has been fully formatted and has had Windows 7 on it here recently (had to reformat due to some speed issues). Does anyone know a way I can get Windows put back on, preferably in AHCI mode cause Im stuck with a Thousand dollar drive thats good for storage only :-(


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27 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try switching to AHCI in the BIOS, and then reboot a couple of times. Often times the BIOS needs to do a scan. Let's say reboot 2 or 3 times, and then see if the drive is shown in the BIOS.

If possible, boot into the install disc and run the installation from there, as opposed to running setup.exe from withing Windows.
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27 Mar 2010   #3
Bodom

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ive tried installing both ways but for some reason the drive just will not show up whether I be in in AHCI or IDE mode... now that Ive got windows installed on a different drive let me change the registry setting and switch it back to AHCI and give it a few tries....
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27 Mar 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It sounds as if the drive is not recognized in AHCI mode.

See if there is a BIOS update for you: MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more
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27 Mar 2010   #5
Bodom

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah thats the problem Im having, even after multiple attempts. I also tried another SATA drive and it won't show up in AHCI mode, but I can see the drive listed under Master 0 when its loading to windows. How would I get them to show in AHCI mode so I can try and put Windows on it again?
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27 Mar 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I think I might try downloading and burning the bootable version of Partition Wizard, or some other third party partitioning software. Maybe it will see the drive and allow you to partition first.

If you have another computer, try putting the drive in there to see if it can be formatted.

Or, when on the partition window during the install, hit Shift+F10 and run Diskpart to see if it can see the drive.

In case you do not know, inside the Command prompt window, type diskpart and let the utiltiy start.

Then type list disk to see if it shows your drive.

If it does see it, type select disk X, where X is the disk number.

Then if you want to partition, type create partition primary size=75000 for a 75 G partition or leave out the size and the entire drive will be one partition. You could also clean the drive here if you wish, just type clean to wipe it.

Type Exit to leave diskpart and exit to close the window.
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27 Mar 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Let me take a step back.

The drive is recognized during the installation while in IDE mode, correct?
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27 Mar 2010   #8
Bodom

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

The drive is NOT recognized during installation when in IDE mode but is recognized in Device Manger, My computer, and Disk Management. I formatted and partitioned, gave it a Drive path and can use it like a storage device but it will not show up on the list of available drives to install windows to.
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27 Mar 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You may want to check out this tutorial: Solved Hard Drive - Unable to Select or Delete during Installation - Vista Forums

warning   Warning
That will erase all data on the drive.
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27 Mar 2010   #10
Bodom

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I will try the link as listed but I need to switch back to IDE mode first since its not recognized under AHCI
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