I bought a new SSD for my Windows PC. Now I'm trying to install Windows 8 on it.
At this point, I have no clue what else I could try. I'm not a Windows guy, and I don't even know what other direction I could try to go in. Maybe something like preparing a bootable USB flash drive from the Windows 8 Pro DVD, and somehow adding the missing drivers so it can see my disks?
The computer is a Medion Erazer X5330 D. The SSD is a SSD Intel Flash 520, 240GB, 2.5".
When the computer turns on in legacy mode, it says:
Intel Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - 184.108.40.2065
It lists one RAID volume, and the physical devices in my computer.
Few ideas: Motherboard BIOS Firmware up to date?
Storage configuration settings (AHCI/RAID/IDE)?
You mentioned its a new drive, but have you checked to see if there's a firmware update for it?
I've had to use tools like DBAN (Boot & Nuke) configured to just write zeros with no verify to get Winders happy to write to the disk.
Give it a try? See if your SSD shows up with DBAN.
Based on your results, I'm skeptical whether this new drive is functioning properly. Firstly, have you tried read/write operations to the new drive from your working Windows OS? Just copying a file over to the new drive from your old drive to see if that's working.
If that works, then maybe try installing a different OS on it, something quick like Ubuntu or similar. You can make a USB flash drive bootable to Linux, my favorite for doing this is unetbootin using Ubuntu, which can run even without changing your drives, and may offer additional diagnostics (that Windows does not) if it fails to install the OS.
Note that it mentions GPT partition tables. It is not the same as a regular MBR-style partition table that has been used on PC for decades. That might be the clue.
Maybe converting to GPT will help: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc725671.aspx
It sounds as if your firmware is configured with the drive in RAID mode, not a standard such as AHCI. That's probably a good thing, the RAID capability unlocks features such as Intel Smart Response Technology (using part of an SSD as a cache for a slow HDD). But it also means Windows can't see the disk out of the box, you need to provide it with a driver.
It used to be that such drivers needed to either be slipstreamed into the installer, or placed on a 3.5" floppy disk and F6 pressed right as setup started. Pretty sure that was true for all versions of Windows NT, 2000, and XP. And only floppies would work.
Vista changed all that, thankfully. Now you can put the driver on a flash disk, and you don't even have to prepare it in advance, or press any magic keys. You can wait until you get to the "choose a partition screen" and then hit the "Load Driver" button. When your disk controller is in RAID mode, I'd recommend using the Load Driver button even if Windows does see it, because the Intel website will have a much newer driver.
So why did I mention the F6 diskette when Windows 8 doesn't require you to hit F6? Because Intel and other disk controller manufacturers still label the download as the F6 driver disk.
The Intel drivers can be downloaded here (latest version at the time of this answer). You probably want the "f6flpy-x64.zip" download, which must be unzipped onto a USB flash drive and used with the "Load Driver" button on the partition selection screen.
I've spent the day trying out different permutations of BIOS settings, formatting options, Windows install disks, USB flash drives, DVD drives, etc., and I've finally stumbled upon a combination that works:
OS Configurations -> OS Select: WIN 7/other OS [Win 8 did not work for me]
OS Configurations -> CSM parameters -> Launch CSM: Enabled
OS Configurations -> CSM parameters -> Boot option filter: Legacy only OS Configurations -> CSM parameters -> Launch Storage OpROM policy: Legacy only OS Configurations -> CSM parameters -> Launch Video OpROM policy: Legacy only OS Configurations -> CSM parameters -> Other PCI device ROM priority: Legacy OpROM
Windows 8 Pro DVD in internal DVD drive
While booted into Windows installation DVD, open the command prompt, and do:
select disk n [where n = SSD]
create partition primary
select partition 1
I also ran all of the updates from Medion's website, which might have played a part in this.
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