i recently bought a DELL Insîron 15Z with a 500gb hard drive and 32gb SSD. It came with Windows 8 pre-installed. However, i am not a big fan of WIndows 8 and i want to install my legal copy of Windows 7. During installation, when it comes to select where do i want to install windows, i cannot see any drives available. (Note that i can see both my HDD and my SSD in my BIOS). I have heard that if i change my SATA operation settings to AHCI, i could make it work (I have not tried this). However, i wouldn't be able to use the Intel Smart Response Technology. Can someone please help me? I've had this computer for less than 2 weeks and i feel frustrated that i can't use it with the operating system of my choice.
Thank you for your time.
I suggest you to disable the acceleration from the Intel Smart Response Technology application in Windows 8. Change the SATA operation in BIOS to AHCI. The hard drive would be detected and you can install Windows 7. You will need to install the application again in Windows 7, change the settings to ISRT in BIOS and enable “Acceleration” from the application.
Please let me know if you need further assistance.
HI, using the ACHI method worked. I was able to install Windows normally. However i make a HUGE MISTAKE. When choosing which drive did i want to use to install windows, i accidentally erased the SSD partition, which i believe is present to improve the system performance and response time while resuming from hibernate mode, using the Intel Smart Response Technology!
When i reset the SATA operation to ISRT, windows crashes. And the ISRT application doesnt even show the ACCELERATE option. Can you please help me getting this fixed?
Thank you for your time !
Thank you for your reply and apologize for the delay is responding to your request. Did you install the copy of Windows on the mSATA SSD or on the main hard drive?
Please reply with the requested information, so that I can help you further.
i also recently bought a DELL Insîron 15Z with a 320gb hard drive and 32gb SSD. It came with Windows 8 pre-installed.
But i want to use Windows 7. I tried to install and find the same problem as faced by Juan. Not able to find hard drive.
I request you to provide the Step need to change in BIOS setting before Installation and after installation of Windows 7. like what are the other setting to change & software requires.
Please also, Suggest which drive i should use to install the copy of Windows?
Good on the mSATA SSD or on the main hard drive?
Thanks in advance
Hi Himanshu Shekhar,
It is advisable to install the Operating System on the SATA Drive not the SSD. Here are the step by step instructions for installing the Operating System afresh:
Before re-installing the operating system, disable the Intel Smart Response technology. To disable the Intel Smart Response technology:
Once the operating system is re-installed, re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology. To re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology:
The settings for the Intel Smart Response technology are complete and now you may continue to use your computer.
Please revert for clarification.
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