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So i just got an asus z170-A and an i7 6700k today and when i try to install win7 my samsung evo ssd and 1tb wd drive do not show up in the win installer, but they do show up in the bios. So far i have tried a couple of solutions but non of them seem to work, including the disk part one.

Im currently at work so i want to find a couple of solutions i can try when i get home, and sorry if this is the wrong forum for this but i am kinda new here smile.gif
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You may have to format and re-partition the disk. Also change the type from GPT to MBR.

This discussion explains further. Seems you're not the only one that has problems with the larger EVO drives.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2031500/trouble-installing-windows-samsung-840-evo-ssd.html
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June 2, 2014 9:20:53 AM
I had a similar issue with my 1TB Samsung SSD EVO, problem seemed to be because the drive comes as a GPT partition and you will require setting the drive to MBR. I've read solutions from other places that say to take the drive out and connect to another computer running Windows and convert to MBR but that is quite ridiculous to do when you can set the drive to MBR from the Windows installation CD. Boot up your pc with your windows installation disc and go to Repair my computer, from there get to the list of options that can help repair an existing install of windows. Continue onto the Command Line Prompt. Once on the command prompt ex: X:\ or whatever it shows for your drive, type diskpart. Once in diskpart type list disk. From there it will list yours drives, type: select disk (list disk will show Disk 0, Disk 1, etc.. select yours) select disk 0, hit enter. Type list disk to make sure your drive is selected, it will have a * next to it. Now you want to type clean (note: this will delete all files and partitions on your drive) after that type convert mbr then exit after its done. And that's it. You have now converted your GPT drive to MBR and will be able to install Windows 7 or whatever version you like. I will list the steps again below in a more proper fashion.


To change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk using command line
Back up or move all volumes on the basic GUID partition table (GPT) disk you want to convert into a master boot record (MBR) disk.
Open an elevated command prompt and type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.
At the DISKPART prompt (right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator), type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to delete.
At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk .
At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.
ImportantImportant
Running the clean command will delete all partitions or volumes on the disk.
At the DISKPART prompt, type convert mbr.
Once completed, type exit and resume installation of Windows.
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You may have to format and re-partition the disk. Also change the type from GPT to MBR.

This discussion explains further. Seems you're not the only one that has problems with the larger EVO drives.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2031500/trouble-installing-windows-samsung-840-evo-ssd.html
Alright thanks for the help! The only thing that bugs me is that when i first got the drive i was able to install a copy of windows on it just fine, but yes thank you again!
Edited by rizlca - 10/16/15 at 7:52am
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What Windows version?

The main thing to do is to make sure that the drives are connected to native Intel SATA ports, not third party ones.

Also you want to make sure that you are doing a UEFI boot from the install media and leave the drive formatted as GPT. To ensure that you boot properly disable CMS in the UEFI. Windows should see both formats, MBR or GPT, regardless. I think your issue lies with either that you are connected to the wrong SATA ports or Windows 7 needs up to date chipset drivers to be installed on Z170...I can't install Windows 7 on my Z97 board myself...try manually loading the up to date chipset drivers or Windows 8 or 10?
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What Windows version?

The main thing to do is to make sure that the drives are connected to native Intel SATA ports, not third party ones.

Also you want to make sure that you are doing a UEFI boot from the install media and leave the drive formatted as GPT. To ensure that you boot properly disable CMS in the UEFI. Windows should see both formats, MBR or GPT, regardless. I think your issue lies with either that you are connected to the wrong SATA ports or Windows 7 needs up to date chipset drivers to be installed on Z170...I can't install Windows 7 on my Z97 board myself...try manually loading the up to date chipset drivers or Windows 8 or 10?
First of all thank you for the reply. Second i hooked the drive specifically in to the sata port that had the sticker for the os drive on it, and looking at the manual that is indeed on the native sata controller. Ill try the solutions you guys have posted when im back home from work so keep your fingers crossed! tongue.gif
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