03-19-2018 11:57 PM - last edited on 03-20-2018 08:54 AM by Majestic
Yesterday I purchased Lenovo Thinkpad E580 with DOS version (S# #######), Now I am trying to install Windows 7 Professional (64bit) but my 1TB hard disk (not SSD drive) doen't automatically detacting for the partitioning, and it is asking for hard disk driver.
I'll appreciate any support to resolve my issue.
UEFI Bios Version: R0PET35W date 22-1-2018.
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03-20-2018 09:03 AM - edited 03-20-2018 09:57 AM
It sounds like it is trying to use a UEFI boot on the hard disk drive. Windows 7 does not natively support this so you will have to change some bios settings before you get it to install correctly. Here are some generic steps, but not every BIOS is the same, so you may have to hunt a little bit to find the right areas.
1. Enter BIOS
2. Once in BIOS - configuration section, SATA controller mode = AHCI
3. Under Security, if you see "Reset to Setup Mode" as an option it will turn off secure boot and clear out factory retained OS keys.
4. Under Boot - Change boot mode to "Legacy Support" so Windows 7 can load up correctly.
Once changes have been made, Exit saving changes. The notebook will reboot and you should be good to go at that point.
03-20-2018 09:57 AM
Thanks for your support appreciaed!
03-20-2018 10:01 AM
03-20-2018 10:39 AM
OK.... On my e570 bios the settings are found under security, in there you will see an option for "Secure Boot" and that is where you will find the "Reset to setup mode" that is needed to clear the internal keys and put the system into a "learning" state for a new OS key when you run Windows Setup.
Begin by disabling secure boot, then go down to reset to setup mode. Save and exit then try installing from CD.
03-20-2018 01:59 PM - edited 03-20-2018 02:33 PM
The problem isn't detection of your HDD. You're missing USB 3.0 drivers so once the installer gets to that point it can't access the drive from which it was just booted. If you had an SSD (NVMe for your series of laptop) you'd also need NVMe drivers.
I don't have a link handy, but Intel has a tool for adding the drivers to Win 7 install media. Give it a Google. I'll try to find it but I'm short on time just now. Sorry. One other trick you can do is to use something like live Ubuntu on a flash drive to copy the USB 3.0 drivers onto your HDD in advance and browse for them there during the install. It doesn't work to put them on a flash drive, since the USB ports aren't usable.
If you want to do a UEFI install, enable that in BIOS along with CSM support. Be advised that Win 7 isn't supported on your machine or CPU so drivers may be hard to come by.
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03-21-2018 10:40 PM
Thanks for your time and suppot. Yes it was the problem of USB3.0 drivers
Since E580 doen't have Built-in DVD, I was installing Windows 7 via external USB - DVD.
This is how I fixed the issue:
Hope it'll be helpfull for other folks may have the similar siutaiton like mine.
Thanks you again for support.