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Yes, I am installing windows. How do I go about installing the drivers before I have an OS on the drive? This is new to me as I never had to install drivers prior to installing an OS. I do see on the ASUS website that there are very new Intel SATA drivers - Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.2.0.1126 for Windows.

easy peasy.

Download the relevant SATA drivers and unzip them and put them on a USB.

when you install windows it should have the popup before you start saying something about finding drivers. (it should be like in the screenshots http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/208514-no-device-drivers-were-found-while-installing-windows-7-a.html)
Navigate to your usb and find whatever you need to install and select it. It'll install the drivers. I don't know a better way of explaining
but I managed to stumble through as well last night when I installed windows.
post #2522 of 9841
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Yes, I am installing windows. How do I go about installing the drivers before I have an OS on the drive? This is new to me as I never had to install drivers prior to installing an OS. I do see on the ASUS website that there are very new Intel SATA drivers - Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.2.0.1126 for Windows.

If you are not using RAID, then you do not need any drivers to install windows, the standard MS drivers will work fine.

Never used a Formula before, but I looked it up and like the Rampage, your board has SATA ports on the Intel X79 at 6gpbs, the Intel X79 at 3gbps as well as an ASMedia SATA controller that run at 6gbps. Make sure your SSD is plugged into port 0 of the Intel X79 6gbps ports (see your manual pages 2-27 to 2-29).

Then, reset your CMOS.

If at that point the board doesn't see your SSD, then it is the SSD. You mentioned you had an "OCZ Vertex". If that is the case, those are gen1 SSDs from OCZ and I've owned a couple that have failed like that. Totally bricked so to speak. Also, those are only SATA2 (3gbps), I would consider getting a newer model. The Crucial M4 or the Samsung 830, both will give you less trouble over the long run than that gen1 vertex.
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Would it really be the SSD since I have tried my Western Digital 1.5TB and it is not recognized in the BIOS either? That is the only thing that is throwing me off. I will try what you said, I know it is plugged into the Intel x79 6gbps port, there isn't a port 0, there is a port 1 and 2 and it is plugged into port 1 which is the top one. Initially it was detected by the ASUS Sata control cause I had it plugged into that port to start with. Now none of the port detect it. but same goes with the Western Digital 1.5TB I have tried as well. Very odd.
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Would it really be the SSD since I have tried my Western Digital 1.5TB and it is not recognized in the BIOS either? That is the only thing that is throwing me off. I will try what you said, I know it is plugged into the Intel x79 6gbps port, there isn't a port 0, there is a port 1 and 2 and it is plugged into port 1 which is the top one. Initially it was detected by the ASUS Sata control cause I had it plugged into that port to start with. Now none of the port detect it. but same goes with the Western Digital 1.5TB I have tried as well. Very odd.

Agreed, that is odd. If after a CMOS reset it does not appear in the SATA configuration page, then possibly booting from your secondary BIOS chip might help.
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I think I figured it out on a whim. I was using the supplied SATA III Cable. I guess SATA II Devices are not detected with SATA III Cables. Who would've thought! I decided to hook one of the Sata III Cables up after performing the following steps and it works great now. Not sure which part did it. I may get fancy after the Windows install and move it back over to a SATA III Cable just to see if that indeed was the issue. I appreciate the advice though guys! Thanks!

1. Remove all your SSD connector and RAM.
2. CLR CMOS.
3. Remove the motherboard battery (3-5 mins)
4. Put the battery back.
5. Put back the ram and OCZ SSD .
6. Power up and see if the bios detect the SSD or not.
7. Switched SATA III Cable for SATA II Cable, plugging SSD into SATA 3gbps port #1

Update: I performed the following steps

  1. Boot from your Windows 7 installation media.
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
  4. Type List Disk, press Enter.
  5. Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
  6. Type Clean, press Enter.
  7. Type Convert MBR, press Enter. (Do this if drive was previously GPT formatted)
  8. Type Exit, press Enter.
  9. Close the Command Prompt window.
  10. Click the "Next" button.
  11. Click the "Install now" button.


After I click install now it brings me to a screen asking for 'a driver to be installed'. But there are no drivers as I have everything set to AHCI mode. The drive is showing up in Diskpart still though. Is there any way to get around this 'load drivers' window asking me to insert a CD/DVD?
Edited by XiCynx - 8/30/12 at 12:19pm
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A sata cable is a sata cable.
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A sata cable is a sata cable.

I now see this... I am going to switch it back over to the other cable and see if it still shows up. Just for poops and giggles while I try and figure out this driver thing.


After changing it to the other cable in the SATA 6gbps port, the drive no longer showed up. I switched the cable in the 6gbps port and nothing still showed up. I plugged it back into the 3gbps port and the drive is there again. very odd, I wonder if I have some bad 6gbps ports. :/


Double Update: After a reboot the drive is now showing up in the 6gbps port. I have not idea what is going on here. This ASUS motherboard has been nothing but a nightmare and I realize why I left them after my last ASUS board. I just can't seem to get lucky.


Triple Update: Looks like it wasn't the drivers after all. When I moved my USB drive from the 3.0 port in the back to the 2.0 port, the installation started no problem. Highly odd but a learning experience nonetheless! Lets hope that the rest of the installation goes good as I created my own stripped down installation using RT Seven Lite. thumb.gif
Edited by XiCynx - 8/30/12 at 1:36pm
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This ASUS motherboard has been nothing but a nightmare and I realize why I left them after my last ASUS board. I just can't seem to get lucky.
XiCynx: it took me about a day to install the OS on my formula using seans guide too... The issue was the bios reverting to 'UEFI' boot devices every time I plugged a drive in/out... For MBR I had to manually select the 'P1,2,3, etc'' options for boot devices in bios before running the OS install
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i've been running ssds for the last three years, and this board was just as easy as the last bunch. i wonder what hangs you guys up? with win7 you shouldn't have anything to do really, except a secure erased/new ssd, and have that x79 ahci driver on a thumb drive...
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My issue was trying to use MBR partitioning with this board. The bios defaults to 'UEFI' boot devices which require GPT partitioning, and thus the OS install would not recognise the drive I had partitioned with MBR using diskpart. I had to enter bios and manually select the non-UEFI option (P1) for my SSD in boot devices before windows 7 install would recognise it.

If you don't pre-partition with MBR I presume windows 7 install automagically partitions the drive with GPT during setup.
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