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.
  • Do you have any other drives plugged in? If you do, try with just the SSD plugged in.
    – Yass
    Sep 26, 2013 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. Sep 26, 2013 at 19:29
  • You install Windows on a ssd just like you would on a hdd.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 26, 2013 at 19:31
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    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, 2013 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, 2013 at 20:15

1 Answer 1


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. Sep 27, 2013 at 8:02

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