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I've purchased this SSD: CRUCIAL M4 CT256M4SSD2, 256GB, SATA III.

And i have a following MB: ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0

MB and SSD are updated to the latest version of BIOS and firmware.

When i start to install Windows 8 or Windows 7, the installer tells me that it can't find a driver for the disk drive and there is no drives in the list, so i can't select anything.

How do i install Windows 8 or 7 to the SSD?


  • I've connected SSD to the SATA3 6Gb port on the MB.
  • SSD is the only disk drive in the system (apart from USB FLASH from which i'm starting Windows installation).
  • SSD is detected by the BIOS, i can see it in the POST report, i can even work with it using GParted Live USB.

  • I've tried both Intel P67 6Gb ports and Marvell ones.

  • Feeding the proper drivers to the Windows installer is not helping.
  • And the most awesome part is that installer allows me to load drivers from the SSD partition!
  • I've tried installing Windows from USB flash drive created with Rufus 1.3.4 or DISKPART-BOOTSECT method.
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Do you have any other drives plugged in? If you do, try with just the SSD plugged in. – Yass Sep 26 '13 at 19:27
You should be able to see the drive in your BIOS first of all, then you should be able to narrow down your issue from there. – hydroparadise Sep 26 '13 at 19:29
You install Windows on a ssd just like you would on a hdd. – Ramhound Sep 26 '13 at 19:31
Check the manufacturer's website for drivers, and download them - unzip them or whatever to a USB key. Windows Setup will prompt you (as you've seen) to provide them. This happens because either your motherboard, the SSD, or both are enough newer than Windows 7/Windows 8 that they don't come with the built-in ability to detect the drives. It's always been like this. – Mark Allen Sep 26 '13 at 20:14
and by "always been like this" I mean we used to have to hit F8 and insert a floppy disk with drivers for our SCSI hard drives. – Mark Allen Sep 26 '13 at 20:15

Try moving the data cable to the sata 2 slot. Some motherboards treat the 6g differently. After installing Windows and the chipset drivers, switch it back

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I've tried all ports and all controller modes. – Slava Fomin II Sep 27 '13 at 8:02

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