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BBjel
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No drivers for Intel 660p 512 GB NVMe on Windows 7?!?!

Hello,

Today I just bought new Intel 660p 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, but my Windows 7 64bit cant recognize it?. My motherboard fully supports new NVMe (Gigabyte z370p d3).

I have been looking for 5 hours straight, for drivers, or fixes and i found none, i downloaded at least 4-5 different (Intel and other) programs for driver update etc, and still i got none. On my device manager it says PCI Device unknown. Yet in BIOS i can fully see my new SSD which means it works, and PC reads it.

Is it really true that Windows 7 don't support NVMe SSD? Is there really no drivers for it? Can you please help, as i don't want to upgrade to Win 10 at this point.

Is there any fix or drivers that would make my Windows 7 recognize NVMe SSD?

Please help.

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello Pistolero,

 

 

Thank you for contacting Intel® Technical Support.

 

 

As we understand, you need assistance with your Intel® SSD 660p Series (512GB). If we infer correctly and in order to further assist you, please, review and take into consideration the following information:

 

 

In the https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000027198/memory-and-storage.html Intel® Solid State Drives with PCIe* NVMe* Boot Installation Guide section 4.2 you can find a step by step guide on how to add the necessary drivers for Windows *7.

 

 

Please follow this guide and let us know the results.

 

 

We will be looking forward to your reply.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Josh B.

 

Intel® Customer Support Technician

 

Under Contract to Intel Corporation
BBjel
Beginner
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Hello,

I did check guide from Intel website, and I dont think it cant fix my current problem. I have allredy instaled windows 7 Ultimate 64x on my older HDD some time ago.

What i need are drivers for Intel 660p NVMe SSD so my current operating system can recognize it in Windows 7, not during instalation.

On your web page i did find some NVMe drivers but for 760P SSD, not for 660p model. Does that mean that 660p model dont have drivers that i can download?

I wanted to use data migration tool, to copy my C drive on SSD so I dont need to do whole Windows reinstall process.

Is it possible to get any kind of drivers that i can launch/install in my current instaled Windows 7 so they can recognize your SSD?

As I didnt want to do whole Windows reinstalation process all again when i put in the SSD.

So my question is: I alredy have Windows 7 installed, and i dont wanna reinstal them, but they dont recognize my new SSD, so is there any drivers, patches, or fixes avaliable, that i can install IN my current windows, without reinstalling them?

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Pistolero,

 

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

 

We are going to be working in reviewing the information you provided and in trying to reproduce the scenario you are describing in our lab. We will be contacting you back as soon as we have an update or in case that further information is required.

 

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Josh B.

 

Intel® Customer Support Technician

 

Under Contract to Intel Corporation
idata
Community Manager
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Hello Pistolero,

 

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

 

The reason why the 660p is not detected is related to the fact that Windows 7 does not have native NVMe drivers; that's why this driver has to be injected manually.

 

 

Even though our article states this is for booting, that should also apply for using this drive as storage; however, our document is focused on Windows installation:

 

 

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/memory-and-storage/enthusiast-ssds/PCIe-NV... https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/memory-and-storage/enthusiast-ssds/PCIe-NV...

 

 

On the other hand, Microsoft has their own article for adding those drivers into Win7, method 1 uses DISM, which is basically one of the methods we offer in our document/article mentioned above.

 

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-... https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-...

 

 

We advise you to try following the guide available in the Microsoft support website.

 

 

We will be looking forward to your reply in case that you need further assistance

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Josh B.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

 

Under Contract to Intel Corporation
idata
Community Manager
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Hello Pistolero,

 

 

Thank you for having contacted Intel Technical Support.

 

 

We have not heard from you since our last communication and we would like to know if you need further assistance or if we can close this case?

 

 

Important note: Should further assistance or clarification be required, we will greatly appreciate if you reply to this post instead of writing a new one unless your inquiry is completely unrelated. This way we will prevent generating a duplicate post and we will not lose the train of thought.

 

 

We will be looking forward to your reply.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Josh B.

 

Intel® Customer Support Technician

 

Under Contract to Intel Corporation
BBjel
Beginner
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Hello,

Thank you for your assistance, but i fixed the problem by instaling Windows 10 on my PC, even tho i really dont like them, its much easier when Windows have integrated drivers for NVMe drivers.

I would highly recommend that company makes some easier drivers to instal NVMe SSD on Windows 7 for future refrence. As i do believe that many people have this problem (not many of us like Windows 10).

Thank you for all your help and information.

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Pistolero,

 

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

 

We are glad to hear that you were able to solve the issue you were experiencing.

 

 

We will provide your feedback to the department in charge of the development of drivers.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Josh B.

 

Intel® Customer Support TechnicianUnder Contract to Intel Corporation

 

AlHill
Super User
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Link to Microsoft KB already provided in post # 4.

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