Is the SSD "seen" by the BIOS? Go into Visual BIOS and see if the device is being found.
Do you perhaps have RAID enabled in the BIOS? If you do and you are not going to use RAID (or drive caching), turn RAID off. If you need (or just want) to have RAID enabled, you will need to load the RST drivers at this point in the installation boot process.
Hope this helps,
Finally got a chance to look at this as I had no access to the NUC.
Under 'Chipstead SATA Controller configuration' I've tried ticking and unticking Chipset SATA and have tried AHCI mode. Both didn't work.
Samsung MZVPV128HDGM is listed under M.2 NVMe SSD.
SATA Port hot plug and play capability is unchecked.
What else can I try.
Please try this method
- Reset BIOS settings, then, go to BIOS and make sure UEFI and Legacy Boot are enabled and disable XHCI
- After loading the OS and drivers go to the visual BIOS please active XHCI
Your SSD is MVMe drive and Windows 7 installation is missing NVMe driver. I've uploaded NVMe driver for Samsung and you can download it from here:
3. Copy Samsung NVMe Driver directory to your USB stick with WIN7 installation.
4. During Win 7 installation, while windows will inform you that the driver is missing, browse to the Samsung NVMe Driver directory, windows will install the NVMe driver.
5. Continue with installation.