[Solved] can't install win7 on a toshiba ultrabook with no optical drive

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  1. cetipabo2

    cetipabo2 MDL Member

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    Hi !
    i have a Toshiba portege Z930 ultrabook with no optical drive. it came with win7 64bit preinstalled and with a windows 8 installation DVD.
    The SSD (an msata drive) crashed so i had to change it with a new one, so i don't have the OS RECOVERY option from the bios...
    Ok so now i have a blank SSD and no optical drive, and no way to go back to the factory default installation.

    I'm actualy trying to install windows seven 64 SP1 with an usb key (i used RUFUS to create it) but unfortunately it doesn't see my SSD...so i guess it needs a sata driver, i went to Toshiba support site and didn't find anything ike that. i just found the intel storage driver so i downloaded it, uncompressed it in another usb key and tried with that. it finds and install the driver but still no HDD found...i'm stuck at this point.

    Thank you very much for your help.
     
  2. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    #2 coleoptere2007, Mar 10, 2015
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    Is the SSD recognized in bios ? If yes, is it in AHCI or IDE mode ?
    Are u using a USB2 or USB3 port ?
     
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  3. cetipabo2

    cetipabo2 MDL Member

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    yes i can see the SSD in the bios, it is set on AHCI. i'm using an usb3 port.
     
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    LM3 MDL Junior Member

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    When you ran Rufus did you set the MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers?
     
  5. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    You need to use USB 2.0 port. Unlike Windows 8.x, Windows 7 doesn't contain any generic USB 3.0 driver so after PE with Windows Setup is loaded in RAM, it can't detect the installation source as well as the HDD.

    Alternatively, you can slipstream appropriate USB 3.0 driver(s) in the instillation media.
     
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    cetipabo2 MDL Member

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    #6 cetipabo2, Mar 10, 2015
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    i used the MBR and UEFI computer (1st choice), ok i'm going to try from the USB2.0 port.
    Thank you very much for your help.

    EDIT:
    It works from an USB 2.0 port !! thank you very much !!