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September 27, 2013 11:01:39 AM

Recently I upgraded my CPU and bought new motherboard(ASRock 970 Extreme 3 R2.0).

During the installation I go past the part where I need to choose windows version and language setup, and come to a part where I need to chose in which partition I want to install it in. It shows no drives. I have option to load drivers but when I try to load USB with drivers it recognizes them but when pressing next it says installing unsigned drivers is not supported. I tried multiple instances, both 32 and 64 bit resulting the same.

I tried a lot of things like switching modes etc. and none worked.

I can open UEFI at startup and it's able to recognize hard drive and I can chose SATA mode for it(RAID,IDE and AHCI, I tried all).

I can provide any additional info if needed.

Thanks, Damir
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September 27, 2013 11:25:34 AM

Odd. Well If you select IDE mode Windows 7 should install without issue. If you use ACHI and it ask for drives make sure you download the drives with the description "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" in the downloads for the ASRock website and then put that on a USB drive and make sure you select the right version (if you install 64 bit windows choose the win 7 64 bit folder) ect of that foppy folder that was downloaded. As far as RAID goes unless you are actually doing a raid don't set it to that.

They are signed drivers so not sure why it's telling you that. Where did you download the drivers from?
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September 27, 2013 11:33:02 AM

drtweak said:
Odd. Well If you select IDE mode Windows 7 should install without issue. If you use ACHI and it ask for drives make sure you download the drives with the description "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" in the downloads for the ASRock website and then put that on a USB drive and make sure you select the right version (if you install 64 bit windows choose the win 7 64 bit folder) ect of that foppy folder that was downloaded. As far as RAID goes unless you are actually doing a raid don't set it to that.

They are signed drivers so not sure why it's telling you that. Where did you download the drivers from?


I didn't download drivers from anywhere. I inserted DVD that I got with my motherboard and upon boot it asks me to put USB or floppy. It deleted all data from it and when I install windows I can see two folders on USB and it does recognize the drivers but it still can't install them.

Hard drive worked fine, I tried IDE mode and it still doesn't recognise the hard drive.
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September 27, 2013 11:39:00 AM

Try download these from the website.

http://66.226.78.21/downloadsite/Drivers/AMD/SATA/Flopp...(v3.3.1540.13)(v1.3.1.43)(v3.3.1540.22)(v3.3.1540.33).zip

then unzip them to a USB drive. Then when it ask browse to the folder in USB drive for the correct version of windows your install. (64 or 32 bit) and see if that helps? Sometimes the CD had old drivers or the CD might be bad.
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September 27, 2013 11:48:07 AM

drtweak said:
Try download these from the website.

http://66.226.78.21/downloadsite/Drivers/AMD/SATA/Flopp...(v3.3.1540.13)(v1.3.1.43)(v3.3.1540.22)(v3.3.1540.33).zip

then unzip them to a USB drive. Then when it ask browse to the folder in USB drive for the correct version of windows your install. (64 or 32 bit) and see if that helps? Sometimes the CD had old drivers or the CD might be bad.


I tried those and no luck either. I tried IDE mode now and it's not working either. I'm really running out of my patience here and formatting the whole thing. That'd be my last resort though, as there is some important data there.

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September 27, 2013 12:39:37 PM

Oh well first doing and in place upgrade is a big no no. You might have issues with that, but if you don't have the orginal PC and a hard drive to backup your files to then you don't really have much options.

Try using a different sata port. Sometimes they come with Two diffrent Sata controllers. This doesn't seem to have two but just the one. But try a different sata port and see if that help at all
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September 27, 2013 1:18:35 PM

drtweak said:
Oh well first doing and in place upgrade is a big no no. You might have issues with that, but if you don't have the orginal PC and a hard drive to backup your files to then you don't really have much options.

Try using a different sata port. Sometimes they come with Two diffrent Sata controllers. This doesn't seem to have two but just the one. But try a different sata port and see if that help at all


Thanks a lot for this sir! I ended up opening my PC and saw it it was in slot SATA3_3 and moved it to SATA3_1. Booted and it worked flawlessly! Thanks again!

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September 27, 2013 1:24:51 PM

Welcome! i don't see how that would be an issue but it could be that there really are two different Sata Controllers. That or sometime they have sata ports just for Raid only. Just make sure to check "Pick as the Solution" if you please and have a great day!
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