- Intel NUC today (model DN2820FYKH)
- Value Kingston 8GB DDR3L
- Samsung SSD 840 EVO
It starts up okay, BIOS reports correct amount of RAM as well as connected drives.
I followed Intel recommended BIOS settings:
- AHCI mode
- Legacy boot disabled
- UEFI compatibility Windows 8.x
I went ahead and booted from my Windows 8.1 installation USB. However at a step, where I should choose partition/drive for install, the list is empty with error that it could not find a drive.
So I booted from my other USB stick to Parted Magic and it detected drive successfully. I could do normal operations with drive (recreated partition table, create partitions, etc.).
Steps I tried to troubleshoot:
- Changing UEFI compatibility to Win7 and tried Windows 7 installation, but it's same issue there as well.
- Various versions of BIOS
- Changing to IDE mode, then disk appeared but I would get error when
trying to use
cleanin diskpart (
DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.)
- Replaced SSD with Intel's 310 series 120GB. Even in AHCI mode, Windows detected it. But when I tried
cre par pri->
for quick fs=ntfsit throwed error during formating (
Disk Part has encountered an error: the parameter is incorrect). If I let Windows format it during setup by simply clicking
nextwould halt for few minutes and then throw error
refreshI could see Windows created 300MB
systempartition and rest was unallocated.
One interesting thing to note is that I could see the drive few times in Windows installation, but whenever I tried to remove or create partition, it would just halt (endless wait cursor) but computer still responded. Strangely, I was able to create a partition and install Windows just once, but as I removed USB stick at the end of installation and let it boot for the first time, it would just throw blue error message with error code
Parted Magic does detect the drive successfully every time, and I can do operations with the drive very easily, so that should indicate it's not hardware issue, but a software.