01-15-2013 07:03 AM
I got a brand new Crucial M4 256Gb ssd. I installed it in a HP6200 on the SATA port. When I install windows 7 the drive doesn't show up, I can't install win7 (64b) on this drive. Strange enough, when I select the option that I want to select a driver for a 'not listed drive' I can browse to the SSD. (I presume because I formatted it when I hooked it up in working windows 7 installation). The drive also shows in the cmos-setup and gives no errors after a system diagnose.
I updated the firmware to the last version, I tested the drive in a working windows 7, no problem. I can read and write anything to the drive. I changed the ports to SATA, AHCI, RAID. Every time, no result. The drive just doesn't show.
I've seen others on this forum with similar problem but no solution that works for me. Somehow the drive doesn't seem defective to me. As secondary drive it works fine. But I like to use this drive to improve the windows 7 boot time. But does anyone know why I can't install windows 7 (64b) on it?
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01-15-2013 03:09 PM - edited 01-15-2013 03:09 PM
What is the exact model of your HP?
You could try to update the BIOS and then reset it to default settings. Also I would try to clear out partition table on the ssd prior to running Windows 7 installation.
01-17-2013 02:54 AM - edited 01-17-2013 02:56 AM
I tried it on 2 hp's:
HP 6200 PRO SFF I5-2400/4GB/250GB/DVDROM
and on a
HP ELITEBOOK 8460P
With the laptop exactly te same problem. I will try after clearing the partition table on the ssd. I'll post the outcome.
01-17-2013 04:14 AM - edited 01-17-2013 04:18 AM
I would make sure that system's BIOS is up to date (latest BIOS version).
You could try the "Drive options (advanced)" option on "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen too.
Also you could play a little bit with "Load Driver" option - on the HP support page I have found two drivers ("Driver - Chipset" and "Driver - Storage") that could be helpful so maybe one of them could solve your problem? You could download them, unpack and copy the files to USB pendrive - then you could browse these files during "Load Driver" installation option. Check this link please.
01-17-2013 11:55 AM - edited 01-17-2013 11:56 AM
If you feel experimental:
1. You'll need to enter a Command prompt mode. It may be possible to do this in the Windows 7 installation utility, if there's an option that says Repair Drive or somethign similar. It shold place you at a black prompt saying X:\Windows\System32
2a. If not, here is another way: Copy all the content from a Windows 8 (or possibly windows 7) install disk or disk image to a flash drive that's large enough on a separate computer
2b. Get the Bootsect utility, and in a CMD prompt type Bootsect F: /nt60 , where F: is the letter of your flash drive
2c. Boot from this USB drive
2d. There should be a small option on one of the first install screens to Repair your computer
2e. If you go through Advanced Options, Tools etc, you should in the end find some kind of System Prompt or Command Prompt option
3. When you're at the command prompt saying X:\Windows\System32 regardless of the method, type:
- LIST DISK (notice the size of the disks and if your M4 appears - if not then exit)
- SELECT DISK 0 (or the number in the List of the drive that has the right size)
- FORMAT FS=NTFS
4. Then reboot and see if it is recognized
Warning: DISKPART is a pretty mean utility that can mess things up badly in case of misuse. LIST and DETAIL will never cause damage though. If you select a disk you already have data on and CLEAN it, you'll have a bad time.
01-20-2013 04:26 AM
Well, I have succeeded.
II thought, lets start with advice number one. I updated my bios to the absoluut last version available. After that I hooked up my Crucial M4 256Gb to my HP 6200 as secondary drive (I used the connection from my dvd-drive). I downloaded a little program: Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool from http://hddguru.com , I used the free version. It's slow but does the job. If you pay $30, you can get a faster version. So I used this tool to do a low-level format on my Crucial M4 256Gb. It took 1,5 hour and when it was ready, I shut down my hp 6200, removed the ssd and planted it inside my HP elitebook 8460p notebook. I booted with my installation-disc from Windows 7 and volia! There it was!
I did a clean install, takes a little bit of time but its working!
bogdan, thanks for your help. andersonm82, I didn't need to try your suggestion but thanks for your support.
01-20-2013 08:28 AM
Cool :-) Thank you for leting us know.
I don't think that this low level format tool was the secret of your success here and you could get the same result with other tools in less than five minutes I guess. But anyway glad to hear you have found the solution :-)
10-22-2013 07:37 AM
Really hate to revive an old thread but low level format worked for me too.
My cruccial m4 128gb died when I was reinstalling windows. The drive was only a year old but I wanted a clean install of Win 7 to clean out windows rot. Anyway during the install, the format stage it died. Windows could nut format it, I plugged it into other PC's directly to the Mobo or through external Sata connectors but still not able to do anything with it, though Windows could see it, I tried to update its firmware but nothing would work.
I did the Low Level Format Tool and after half an hour the drive was accessable. I plugged it back into the old PC and Win 7 installed first time no problem.
Hope this helps someone