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Seagate 600 SSD, Failed Windows 8.1 Install, Drivers needed?

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Hi

I have a Lenovo Z570 and seeking to upgrade it with a 480GB  Seagate 600 SSD.  I tried to clean install Windows 8.1, but after successfully creating the necessary partitions, it failed to write the Windows files to the disk.   A dialog then appeared stating there was a device connected for which it needed a driver. OK.  I'll get the driver.  But I found none. So I'm stuck.

Does anyone know how to get past this and install Windows onto this SSD?

Thanks!
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go to http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/ideapad-z-series-laptops/ideapad-z570?c=1
what you need is
Intel AHCI Driver for Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit) - IdeaPad Z570

download it and run. It will unpack driver installation into a directory
launch the installation and wait until it shows its first dialog. At this point installation files will be unpacked into temporary directory. Go to that temporary directory, find the driver, and copy it to another place. Then cancel the installation.

Put extracted files on the media that you will give to Windows 8 installation.


Another way to do it is to take this driver from the existing O/S already on the laptop, provided that it's the same o/s.

Yet another way is to download Intel driver  from Intel Download Center, but it's somewhat hard to figure out which one is the right one. One way to find out is to look at the exact name of the storage controller in device manager in the old o/s, and find the same one on Intel website. Look for so called "F6 driver" or "F6 diskette driver".
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Quote the error message, please. If you used setup for partitioning, then you'll have the data controller driver already and that is all you need. What error?
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are there any external devices still connected - if yes - disconnect ALL
and are you installing from USB stick ?  that is often the cause too; make a dvd  for installing
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Normally it should be supported by default Windows installation. Are you able to go into BIOS and switch the HDD mode there from AHCI to Compatible? Will it install then?
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Reinitialized the unit using Active software and install went smoothly. Couldn't be happier.

Thanks all.
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