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I have a Samsung NP905S3G laptop which initially came pre-installed with Windows 8 Home.
The laptop was repartitioned and formatted and Windows 8 Professional was installed on it.

I would like to downgrade to Windows 7 Professional, however at the start of the Windows installation process I am told the hard-drive cannot be seen.

I need to locate the hard-drive drivers but I am unsure where to look. Any suggestions?

PS: The model number is Samsung MZMTD128HAFV-00 (as per BIOS info)
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by:cgruber
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PS: Googling the model number brings some links. However once downloaded,unzipped and loaded to Win7 setup via USB, none of them seem to be accepted.
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by:cgruber
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I forgot to mention this is an AMD CPU
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by:n2fc
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In order to run Windows 7 instead of 8 you will need to change a BIOS setting...

Your laptop probably uses UEFI (supported by WIN8 but not WIN7)...

However, most laptops have a setting whereby they can emulate BIOS instead of UEFI...

Reset and save that setting & you should be good to go!
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nobus earned 2000 total points
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that has nothing to do with the disk drivers imo.
UEFI is also supported on W7 - i'm running W7 right now on a an UEFI Bios PC with an SSD

did you see the screen "where do you want to install?" if yes, use the drive options
see for the complete procedure  this article :  http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
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by:noxcho
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if which mode the HDD is set in BIOS? RAID or AHCI?
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by:McKnife
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Hard drive drivers are never needed - agreeing with nobus. It have to be the hard disk controller drivers.
So let's first see if the driver is the problem (I suppose, it's not): when at that stage of setup again, press shift and F10 together and type into the appearing command box:
diskpart [press enter after each line]
list disk
select disk x [x being the number of the drive it hopefully found]
---if ok with you, clean the drive using the following line:
clean

Then start setup again.
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by:cgruber
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Resolved by installing AMD SATA Adapter Driver
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by:nobus
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tx for feedback
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