Windows – Dell Inspiron 11 3162 windows 7 installation issues

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I have the Dell Inspiron 3162 laptop (Pentium N3710 Quad-Core + 128GB SSD).

Basically, I can't find the SATA drivers needed for the laptop to recognise my SSD when booting from a windows 7 pro usb drive (laptop came shipped with windows 10 home).

I've been following this guide and the SATA driver guide linked within it.

dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/a-clean-install-of-windows-7/windows-7-installation/

I've followed the instructions to use legacy boot and to turn off secure boot, however I think I need the SATA drivers so it can recognise the 128GB SSD as I've been getting this prompt.

https://youtu.be/J_uWgOuZM-w?t=1m18s

I can't find the "intel rapid storage SATA pre-os" driver on the dell website, like the SATA driver guide states here, only firmware

I am not knowledgable about how the BIOs interacts with windows 7/10, and/or what legacy boot or UEFI does. I'm really just following guides

Best Answer

First of all, you should choose the "SATA" mode in the BIOS for the SSD drive.

I checked the Dell website for your machine model. They have SATA driver for your machine model. You could try to download and install it manually during the installing process if the SSD drive is not recognized.

Support for Inspiron 11 3162/3164

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/inspiron-11-3162-laptop/drivers/advanced?os=w764