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Windows only finds the 32GB mSSD not HD when installing

  1. #1

    Windows only finds the 32GB mSSD not HD when installing

    Hi all,

    I really do hope that someone can offer me some help as this problem is really making me want to chuck this machine in the bin and give up on Windows all together.

    My machine is one of these HP elitebook laptops that has both a 32GB mSSD drive as well as a separate 500GB hard drive, both drives function together using intel rapid storage technology and the 32GB drive acts as a "cache drive" in order to speed up the system performance and general speed etc.

    Bearing that in mind, I am having severe problems actually installing Windows on the HD as that drive doesn't show up on the list of destinations to install Windows too. I only see the 32GB mSSD which is useless as a "C" drive. I have changed what feels like all the settings in the bios to try and disable the mSSD however if I do that then nothing shows up on the destination drive listing.

    I initially thought it was something to do with RAID and AHCI as there is a way of choosing between the two of them but again that does nothing.

    What am I missing ? can anyone give me some idea of what I am going wrong ?

    As a last resort I tried to add the INF files for the storage drivers onto the USB drive I am using to install WIndows, that finds the controller however that doesn't do anything to show the HD.


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  2. #2

    can you take out the m.2 card???

    its got to be bios settings you need to set I would think..

    try taking out the m.2 card and re-set in the HD ...

    then start really slowly going through your bios and does your HD show up in bios?
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  3. #3

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,476
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    When you get to the "where do you want to install windows" screen, did you try clicking the "drive options (advanced)"?
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Windows only finds the 32GB mSSD not HD when installing

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