SSD not showing during Windows installation

Hello Friends,

Todays we are in the era of technologies where each and every day launching a new product in the market. Which related to anything from the tiny chips to large devices. And we know the large devices built by the group of tiny chips. Where each chips plays a vital role to run the device smoothly.

The topic we are going to cover in this post is somewhere related to the above story. We are going to install Windows OS on the large device like Laptop, Desktop and Servers etc. But due to tiny chips incompatibility issue the Windows is not able to read or understand the attached SSD hard disk drive during installation. But its already showing and detected in the BIOS on the same system.

NVMe SSD is not showing during Windows installation
SSD is not showing during Windows setup installation

Reason for SSD not showing during Windows setup

Just because of the Windows 10 ISO or any other Windows images which you downloaded from the Microsoft website may not have Intel VMD (Volume Management Driver) driver included. Which help system to direct control and management of NVMe SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional hardware adaptors.

And for your information the VMD features included in the Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology) driver. Which you can easily download from the Intel website. Just keep in mind you must download the appropriate Intel RST driver as per your system hardware configuration, specially Intel Micro Processor’s Generation and Windows OS architecture x32 or x64. Like the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) Driver supports 11th Gen up to 13th Gen Intel Core platforms and Support for Microsoft Windows 11 x64 OS.

How to fix if NVMe SSD is not showing during Windows setup

First: Download the Intel RST driver

Now when you find the proper Intel RST driver which included VMD features for your system, you are ready to extract the drivers file from the single executable (*.exe) file. The command will run like;

Note:- If you have trouble extracting driver then go to below of this page to download the already extracted driver for you. Skip First and Second step and follow Third and Fourth step. That’s it.

Second: Open CMD and run the below command

Go to the path where you downloaded the Intel RST driver through CD command

Run the SetupRST.exe -extractdrivers <path>

You can see the example show below in the image

Underlined command you have run properly to extract the driver from exe file
Extracted drivers in the Production folder

Third: Copy and paste the extracted drivers folder to your bootable media as shown in the image below

copy Intel RST VMD driver
Copy and Paste extracted Intel RST driver in the bootable media here

Fourth: Locate this RST driver during the Windows setup as shown in the image below

Click on Load Driver and Browse to locate the VMD driver and click OK

How to locate Intel RST VMD driver
Select VMD folder and click OK to continue detecting NVMe SSDs during Windows installation
How to locate Intel RST VMD driver
As you can see the compatible driver is detected. Click Next to continue detecting NVMe SSDs
NVMe SSD is now showing during Windows setup
Cheers! Now the NVMe SSDs and its partition is showing for Windows installation

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Download extracted Setup RST drivers

If you have any problem extracting RST drivers then click on the button below which contains the extracted RST drivers for you. Which supports 11th Gen up to 13th Gen Intel Core platforms processors. Otherwise if you have different processor then download the proper driver from the Intel RST drivers website and extract it manually through command line described earlier in this post.


Due to latest tiny chips driver which support NVMe SSDs is not already included in the older version of Windows ISO image. Because the technology is changing, we are changing and the world is changing. Hence the Windows OS ISO image may not have the newer version of driver for NVMe SSDs. So we have to add the driver manually or automatically in the Windows ISO image. That’s why we get this error.

Thanks and happy reading!!!

Sumit Kumar

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