BIOS setting that hides internal HDD if booted by USB?

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  1. Posts : 21
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       #11

    Is there a way to load the drivers manually once I'm at the command prompt (assuming there's no automated option of doing this), rather then trying to integrate the drivers into the image file? I'm not confident that I can do the latter, having never done it before AFAIK.

    If that is not possible, is there a step-by-step HOWTO that I could reference?
    Last edited by Omegaman007; 22 Feb 2023 at 14:04. Reason: Added stuff
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  2. Posts : 4,187
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       #12

    Yes - here is the procedure that I use:

    1) Assuming that you have Windows already installed and all drivers loaded on the system, export them with a single command like this:

    pnputil /export-driver * D:\Drivers

    Make sure to create the folder to which you are exporting first (D:\Drivers in the example above). But feel free to use any location.

    2) Backup that whole directly to a folder on another HD or a thumb drive, etc. so that you don't lose it when you reinstall Windows.

    3) Perform your Windows installation

    4) Restore all the drivers with a single command like this:

    pnputil /add-driver D:\Drivers\*.inf /subdirs /install

    NOTE: This may take a few minutes (depending upon how many drivers you have). Also, the screen may flash or go black temporarily at the point where the display driver is being installed. This is normal.

    EDIT: If you don't have a Windows installation where you can export the drivers, most manufactures have a switch that can be used for silent installation of the driver, typically something like /Q (for quiet) or /S (for silent). You have to check. Once you know the switch to use for each driver, it's an easy matter of putting them all in a batch file.
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  3. Posts : 21
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       #13

    hsehestedt said:
    Yes - here is the procedure that I use:

    1) Assuming that you have Windows already installed and all drivers loaded on the system, export them with a single command like this:

    pnputil /export-driver * D:\Drivers
    OK, so I'll export it to the Windows 10 Recovery USB that I have created?
    ......
    hsehestedt said:
    3) Perform your Windows installation
    Not applicable since I need to use this from the recovery environment. So would replacing with the following steps be OK:
    1. Boot into recovery environment,
    2. Select troubleshooting,
    3. launch command window

    hsehestedt said:
    4) Restore all the drivers with a single command like this:

    pnputil /add-driver D:\Drivers\*.inf /subdirs /install
    Will this load the drivers into memory and then can I expect the internal SSD to become visible? Because remember, at this point my internal SSD is not visible in the recovery environment, only the recovery media USB is.

    Sorry about the questions, I see that I'm a few branches of IT-ness below you guys and don't want to mess this up.
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  4. Posts : 4,578
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       #14

    Omegaman007 said:
    Is there a way to load the drivers manually ... is there a step-by-step HOWTO that I could reference?
    yes. Perhaps you didnt notice where it says "load drivers" at the setup window

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...0-installation
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  5. Posts : 21
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       #15

    SIW2 said:
    yes. Perhaps you didnt notice where it says "load drivers" at the setup window

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...0-installation
    SIW2,
    I do not get that option when booting with the recovery media. If you recall, I'm trying to fix the BCD, not reinstall Windows, so that's why I'm using the recovery media.

    The 1st screens allows me to chose keyboard mapping and the next screen just gives me two options:
    1. Troubleshoot
    2. Turn off your PC

    When I select 1 (Troubleshoot) I see the following options:
    1. Startup Repair (the repair fails when I try it, I now know why)
    2. Command Prompt
    3. Uninstall Updates
    4. UEFI Firmware Settings
    5. System Restore
    6. System Image Recovery

    I tried the command that hsehestedt recommended:
    Code:
    pnputil /export-driver * D:\Drivers
    but that ended up trying filling the recovery media with a million drivers...
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  6. Posts : 4,578
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       #16

    upload the bootable wim and somebody can do it for you.

    integrating the drivers takes less than 2 mins.

    are the screenshots too complicated ?
    HERE

    dism++download
    Last edited by SIW2; 22 Feb 2023 at 17:58.
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  7. Posts : 21
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #17

    OK, it seems like there was sufficient space on the recovery USB drive to at least get the Intel RST drivers on there and I was able to load them into memory and then finally see the internal SSD. I managed to unlock the bitlocker, and was able to see all the windows files. I found the EFI\Windows\boot directory in another partion, renamed the BCD and tried to rebuild it, but the darn bootrec command refuses to see the Windows volume.

    At this point I've got another laptop pretty much back to how I like it, aside from having to install a few more pieces of software and get the licenses in order. I think I've had enough and am ready to give up. Thank you guys for all your help. I learned a lot, especially that I need to go and check all the recovery media for my other computers.
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