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When i try to install Windows 7, the SSD is not in the list of drives you can install on.
- Am I supposed to provide a driver for the Intel 520 SSD during Windows installation?
- Am I doing something wrong?
- Is the drive defective?
I believe I know what the problem is. Your motherboard isn't Windows 7 supported natively in AHCI mode. You need to go to the Gigabyte website and download the AMD SATA AHCI Driver (not RAID) F6 driver for your motherboard model. Also make sure you have the SSD connected to SATA port 0 and it's set to native mode, not legacy or RAID.
Thanks for the reply. However, I'm still not getting it to work.
I downloaded the newest AMD SATA AHCI driver, but during Windows 7 x64 installation, it's claiming there are no signed drivers. I have tried putting it on a USB-stick, another HDD and on a DVD. I can browse (folders, not files) and see the the other HDD and the DVD, but Windows doesn't recognize the driver.
Even when i uncheck the box for (quote unquote) 'show only hardware-compatible drivers', there's still nothing.
How am I supposed to supply the driver to the Windows installation?
I found a solution!
Using GParted*, I partitioned the Intel 520 SSD.
- Create partition table (I chose msdos)
- Add partition (I added only one (1), spanning the whole disk. Filetype NFTS)
- Click 'Edit' -> 'Apply all operations'
After that, Windows 7 installation found it right away!
Anyway, thank you for the help, I had all but given up yesterday!
Also creds to Darryl Licht for suggesting it here.
*Tip: I ran Linux Mint off of a DVD. Linux Mint includes GParted. That way, you don't have to plug the HDD/SSD into another PC to format it.