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Mass storage driver

How can I find what mass storage driver I need? Can't install Windows 7 from USB. Setup can't recognize my HDD.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2
Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445

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Re: driver

Windows setup should recognise all hard drives, unless it's something really special. Then you ask the maker of the drive where to find what you need and how to use it, or look at his site.

If no luck, try another drive or another motherboard, because something is wrong with the hardware then.

Kees

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I think this is true.

Because of how things work, installing 7 from USB required a very specially crafted USB. REMEMBER THIS IS UNSUPPORTED. Install from USB is now supported on 8 and 10 but not 7.

What tutorial did you use to create this special USB Windows 7 install stick?

Frankly I'd just use the supported install from DVD.

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I think it's HDD failure.

I'm always using WinSetupFromUSB to make bootable USB stick. And it always works. But with this HDD is something different. I think it's a HDD failure. Because I've connected new HDD and installed Windows 7 from USB perfectly. And when I connect that drive which I tried to install Windows 7 before as a secondary HDD, it appears in My Computer, but asking me to format when I'm trying to open it. But there was Windows 7 and some files in that drive before.

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that's confusing

could you expand it a bit more? Are you also trying to install windows to an external USB HDD?

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Drives fail.

And Windows is pretty persnickety about the drive. The last hurrah would be to DBAN the drive (see google) and then install WITHOUT partitioning or formatting.

The Windows 7 installer will do that for us.

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Seagate?

There's been lots-o-trouble there lately

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