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Ok so I went through the process of upgrading my PC. I took out all the old parts except the SSD and put in the new parts. The new parts are:

Intel i7 4970k
ASUS VII Z97 Maximum Ranger Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 2x8gb RAM
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4gb
Corsair AX760 Power supply
Cooler Master 240m

Installation went fine (I hope) and I booted the PC and went to the motherboards BIOS. It all seemed fine, so I restarted the PC and plugged in my USB with Windows on it and turned the computer on. Went to the bios and saw the boot from section and saw it had my USB two times (one UEFI and one without). However, it didn't have my SSD as an option. Note that this is my SSD from my previous WIndows installation and parts. I didn't reformat it before taking apart the PC. I assumed I would be able to do it in the Windows installation section when you can format a hard drive.

Anyway, I booted through USB and put in my product key and it got to the part where I choose where to install my Windows. Nothing was listed. So my SSD doesn't show up in the motherboard BIOS or in the Windows installation.

I've changed the location of where I put in the SATA cable and there was no difference. I have no idea what to do. Would anyone be able to help?
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  • ensure sata power cable is plugged in securely
  • ensure sata is enabled in bios
  • ensure the sata drive is enabled as one of the boot devices in the bios
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  • ensure sata power cable is plugged in securely
  • ensure sata is enabled in bios
  • ensure the sata drive is enabled as one of the boot devices in the bios

I've made sure the cable is plugged in securely. I am fairly sure that SATA is enabled in bios and when choosing the boot devices I don't even see my SSD. Only the Windows USB.

I even installed a brand new Western Digital hard drive now to see if it shows up in the BIOS or Windows install screen but it doesn't. There is also a drop down section in the BIOS section called "SATA Support" with the option "All Devices" chosen instead of "Hard Drive Only" or "Boot Drive Only".

Here are the two screenshots:

This one has the SATA6G_1 going all the way to number 6 and all with the same setting.
http://i.imgur.com/KQUvsFs.jpg

Only shows the USB with the bootable Windows installation.
http://i.imgur.com/WIRmNWH.jpg



Could it be something wrong with the motherboard? I hope not as it would be a big headache to deal with. Is there anyway to check for certain?

Thanks!
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I'm betting it's just a bios setting. I know on mine I have to make sure that the drive is enabled in an HDD menu (yes even for an SSD, the bios is old though) before it shows up as a boot device.
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Originally Posted by Arvin View Post

Ok so I went through the process of upgrading my PC. I took out all the old parts except the SSD and put in the new parts. The new parts are:

Intel i7 4970k
ASUS VII Z97 Maximum Ranger Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 2x8gb RAM
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4gb
Corsair AX760 Power supply
Cooler Master 240m

Installation went fine (I hope) and I booted the PC and went to the motherboards BIOS. It all seemed fine, so I restarted the PC and plugged in my USB with Windows on it and turned the computer on. Went to the bios and saw the boot from section and saw it had my USB two times (one UEFI and one without). However, it didn't have my SSD as an option. Note that this is my SSD from my previous WIndows installation and parts. I didn't reformat it before taking apart the PC. I assumed I would be able to do it in the Windows installation section when you can format a hard drive.

Anyway, I booted through USB and put in my product key and it got to the part where I choose where to install my Windows. Nothing was listed. So my SSD doesn't show up in the motherboard BIOS or in the Windows installation.

I've changed the location of where I put in the SATA cable and there was no difference. I have no idea what to do. Would anyone be able to help?

You need to load the Intel SATA Controller drivers at the part you're stuck on. If I'm not mistaken there's an option to load drivers in the windows you're stuck on.
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