I just purchased a Crucial BX100 SSD to install in my Asus Q550LF. The system BIOS is at version 211. I made sure that the drive was compatible with my machine prior to the purchase. I installed the new SSD, I can see the SSD in BIOS, but when I try to install Windows 8.1 (via DVD), it says that the system cannot find a drive to install to. It then prompts me to install drivers of some sort.

My next step right now is to connect it to a SATA to USB cable to see if I can make in progress there, but any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated.

Am I doing anything incorrectly?


I went to the article that was marked as a duplicate, the solution did not work. I see no disk when I go to list my disk. My situation is different, making this question a 'non - duplicate' question.

I reached out to Crucials customer service, they don't have any idea either as to why it's not working.

I will be flashing my BIOS to see if that lets me see my drive. If not, I'll be returning the drive.


It ended up being that my BIOS needed to be flashed. I flashed it to 215. The installation would NOT let me use a GPT partition on the SSD. I followed this answer to partition the SSD to MBR. I am unsure as how to mark my own question as an answer, maybe I can't since I don't have enough rep.

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    post an answer. Wait I think a day or two. Select is as the correct one.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Sep 15, 2015 at 0:11

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To install Windows 8.1, the SSD has to be a GPT disk. Check in disk management whether that is the case or whether it is a MBR disk like in my example. If not, convert it to GPT (also in disk management - right click on the same place).

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  • Alright, I did this, but I am getting the same results :( Mar 22, 2015 at 1:01
  • So the SSD is GPT now - right.
    – whs
    Mar 22, 2015 at 3:36
  • Yes it is. I have also tried installing Ubuntu 14.04 as well, and Ubuntu won't see the SSD either. I'm wondering if this is a BIOS issue. Mar 22, 2015 at 3:42
  • Well, Ubuntu may not see a GPT disk (not sure though). I would define a primary active partition on the SSD and try to install 8.1 into that.
    – whs
    Mar 22, 2015 at 3:47
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    That is strange, W8.1 installs on a GPT disk. You must have another problem.
    – whs
    Apr 2, 2015 at 21:06

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