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Fresh Install Win 7 Ult onto a OCZ Vertex 3 MI

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1. Brand new computer build (Everything clean except the Vertex SSD Drive)
ASUS Maximus VI Hero mobo
Flashback Bios used to update mobo BIOS to most current version (o711 for Hero board I believe)
Installing/Booting Win 7 Ultimate from USB stic.

Issue: After selecting Install Now from the initial Windows screen I get "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"

I select Browse.
The system is only allowing one Driver set to be shown when "Hide drivers that are not compatible with hardware on this computer" is selected.
This includes drivers on the Win 7 Flash, Dowloaded Drivers from ASUS, Downloaded Drivers from OCZ for Vertex (all on a separate flash except the Windows drivers onthe Win flash.)
The shown driver isnt accepted when trying to load it.
I don't believe the drivers for Vertex are the ones I need but I can't seem to find drivers specific for the Vertex3 MI SSD drive I have.

I had this issue once before loading Windows onto the drive in my old system when I first installed the OCZ (received drive from a friend so don't have disk or any manuals for the drive) Another friend (now living in another state) reformatted the OCZ, partitioned it and somehow got drivers onto it using a linux program ( I don't have the knowledge for the process he used, he did it fast and I wasn't able to follow along)

Oh, point I forgot, these are running on SATA 6 (in case that matters)

My motherboard recognizes any and all SATA drives I connect(have disabled all except the Vertex and DVD drives to limit confusion) so it's not a mobo BIOS update to my thinking. I am quite sure it is Windows issue with not recognizing the drive.

The Question: with windows yet to be installed, how can I reformat my OCZ SSD drive and then partition and re-install the drivers (if I can find them on the interwebs) so I can load Windows properly.

If I have missed any important info you need please let me know and I will add it

Thank you all in advance.
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    I have OCZ Vertex 3's in a couple of my W7x64 PC's and the only thing I added to the USB was the AHCI driver for the SATA controller, which I loaded at the screen when you get to choose HDD to install on too, so check the bios that the hdd's are in AHCI mode.

    Vertex 3 toolbox, extract and burn to dvd / usb @ http://ocz.com/consumer/download/firmware/OCZ_PC_Bootable_Tools_v4.3.03740.zip
  2. das_stig said:
    I have OCZ Vertex 3's in a couple of my W7x64 PC's and the only thing I added to the USB was the AHCI driver for the SATA controller, which I loaded at the screen when you get to choose HDD to install on too, so check the bios that the hdd's are in AHCI mode.

    Vertex 3 toolbox, extract and burn to dvd / usb @ http://ocz.com/consumer/download/firmware/OCZ_PC_Bootable_Tools_v4.3.03740.zip


    Thanks, I tried this after reading your post.
    I don't get to choose a drive to install onto. It just isn't rcognizing drives at all.
    I have my BIOS set to AHCI I have also tried the IDE settng, stil a nogo.
    I also tried disconnecting my SSD and adding my clean HDD, still doesn't recognize.
    All my cables are working as the BIOS is reading the drives just fine.
    To my thinking, there is definitely an issue with the Windows install recognizing the SATA connected drives.
    The tools don't even show anything in the folder I created on my second USB stick when asked to Browse for divers.

    Another question I have, How do I format the drives prior to OS being installed when the OS Install isn't recognizing the drives? Is it possible?
    Can my Mobo's BIOS take care of that? Format and partition?

    AgainI am using ASUS Maximus VI which has an EUFI BIOS (yaay mouse usage in the BIOS system)

    Wouldn't let me reply directly to your post, had to cut and paste.
  3. Ok, got AHCI drivers from Intel, still not finding the right ones.
    This is getting frustrating.
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