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Sean,

Is there a benefit to formatting to 4KB (when you type the command "create partition primary align=4096") as opposed to going with the default (1KB = 1024)? Thx.
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Sean,
Is there a benefit to formatting to 4KB (when you type the command "create partition primary align=4096") as opposed to going with the default (1KB = 1024)? Thx.

it is more optimal for the HDD/SSD and the OS. More info in the faq's section.
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Sean,
Is there a benefit to formatting to 4KB (when you type the command "create partition primary align=4096") as opposed to going with the default (1KB = 1024)? Thx.

it is more optimal for the HDD/SSD and the OS. More info in the faq's section.

Thanks! Navigated to the FAQ's section and found it. Outstanding guide - keep up the good work!!! +rep
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Thanks for the advice Sean. Now, only if there were a program to automatically transfer exactly what I need in a click redface.gif
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Hey I appreciate this guide but I am having problems, and was hoping someone wouldn't mind giving me a hand. I am doing a new build with an ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z and a Crucial M4 64gig, Win 7 ultimate (fresh untouched ISO). I am using a USB drive and have successfully got Win7 copied to the drive per instructions for the GPT method via UEFI. USB stick boots to UEFI and Win7 setup starts fine, I do the Booting, partitioning and alignment of GPT for Windows and UEFI steps just fine and then proceed with the install, and I get the following ERROR MESSAGE:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now."

So, I re-did everything again, tried a different Win7 ISO, tried a different USB stick. It always comes back to that error and "Next" is grayed out so you cannot proceed. I can hit browse and rescan, and I've searched through for different drivers but nothing works.

I did some research and found that it may be looking for the SATA/AHCI drivers for my board/chipset. So I tried putting those but it just doesn't work at all. It finds "Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller" and I click next and it looks like it's loading and then I get "No new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct and located on the driver installation media". Well I can't get them on the stick because when it boots it's like an "X:" drive and it doesn't see other stuff on the root of the USB drive.

This is maddening. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and forgive me if this has been already answered, I just couldn't find it here.

Thanks in advance! biggrin.gif
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EDIT: per post below mine is no longer relevant. rolleyes.gif
Edited by solsamurai - 12/6/11 at 10:55pm
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Hey I appreciate this guide but I am having problems, and was hoping someone wouldn't mind giving me a hand. I am doing a new build with an ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z and a Crucial M4 64gig, Win 7 ultimate (fresh untouched ISO). I am using a USB drive and have successfully got Win7 copied to the drive per instructions for the GPT method via UEFI. USB stick boots to UEFI and Win7 setup starts fine, I do the Booting, partitioning and alignment of GPT for Windows and UEFI steps just fine and then proceed with the install, and I get the following ERROR MESSAGE:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now."

So, I re-did everything again, tried a different Win7 ISO, tried a different USB stick. It always comes back to that error and "Next" is grayed out so you cannot proceed. I can hit browse and rescan, and I've searched through for different drivers but nothing works.

I did some research and found that it may be looking for the SATA/AHCI drivers for my board/chipset. So I tried putting those but it just doesn't work at all. It finds "Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller" and I click next and it looks like it's loading and then I get "No new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct and located on the driver installation media". Well I can't get them on the stick because when it boots it's like an "X:" drive and it doesn't see other stuff on the root of the USB drive.

This is maddening. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and forgive me if this has been already answered, I just couldn't find it here.

Thanks in advance! biggrin.gif

Did you use one of the .iso's from the OP? Have you tried burning one to a CD and trying the MBR guide?

Do the above and it should work for you.

GPT isn't needed, just fr testing and such and 2.2TB+ partitions to boot off of to me really.
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Just gotta ask....when you say ISO you're not talking about pirated software right? If you are this is the wrong site to be asking these questions. If you're talking about something else I'm obviously not familiar with please except my apologies.

No, I'm not talking about pirated software. Wow. You took the time to answer, just to scold me on the outside chance I mean ISO was pirated. Really? Give me a break dude. If you look on page 1 of Sean's Guide, he's got links to several Win7 ISO's. Of course I have a valid serial I paid for. Wow, net cops. redface.gif
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Just gotta ask....when you say ISO you're not talking about pirated software right? If you are this is the wrong site to be asking these questions. If you're talking about something else I'm obviously not familiar with please except my apologies.

No, I'm not talking about pirated software. Wow. You took the time to answer, just to scold me on the outside chance I mean ISO was pirated. Really? Give me a break dude. If you look on page 1 of Sean's Guide, he's got links to several Win7 ISO's. Of course I have a valid serial I paid for. Wow, net cops. redface.gif

LOL, I replied to your previous post. Try to burn a CD and try the MBR method.
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hmmm I ran through most of it last day and I still had about 29GB being used. I don't think I noticed a difference at all in terms of a decrease in my windows 7 size.

What parts in particular would reduce size?
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