Sunday, October 14, 2012
Clean install of Windows 7 on Ultrabook fails
So I get a new ultrabook, the Fujitsu UH572, and promptly plug in my usb stick to do a clean install of Windows. Windows sees 2 drives: a 32GB ssd as Drive 0 and a larger spin drive as Drive 1.
Creating a new partition on Drive 1 doesn't create the expected "System Reserved" 100mb partition on the same drive. It creates it on Drive 0! The installation proceeds but upon reboot the ultrabook will not boot! This cycle repeats with various attempts to patch it on my part (including manually partitioning via diskpart).
The solution? Load the "SATA AHCI Controller Drivers" before partitioning the drives. Once the drivers have been loaded the much bigger spin drive shows up as Drive 0 and Windows installs properly. The drivers are in the files\irst\Drivers\x64 folder of the driver download self-extracting executable. The necessary drivers can be downloaded from Fujitsu's mobile support website.
*whew* For a few hours this ultrabook was looking like it'd be a glorified paperweight...