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Injecting USB 3.0

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Hi all,

I have an external USB 3.0 HDD with WinPE 3 installed on it. Boots fine from either a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. However if it's booted from a USB 3.0 port all the files on the external HDD are not visible. The drive and partitions don't even show up in diskpart. From what I can find on the forums I somehow have to inject the USB 3.0 drivers into my WIM file, but I've been unable to find any detailed instructions.

Can someone please help.

TIA

Greg

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Which USB 3.0 controller do you use?

Do you use PE x86 or x64?

Add and Remove Drivers Offline

First read wim image contents

Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:U:\sources\boot.wim

U:\sources\boot.wim is a example, adjust this to your settings next.

Read your output, example could be

Name: "Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)"

Mount the boot.wim

Dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:U:\sources\boot.wim /Name:"Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)" /MountDir:c:\mount

Add the USB 3.0 driver

Dism /Image:C:\mount /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\USB3\x64 /Recurse

Unmount

Dism /unmount-Wim /mountdir:c:\mount /commit

Use your settings.

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You might also consider using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit- MDT for your deployment needs. You can import your drivers into the driver store, and when you generate your boot images, can inject all the drivers, or by using selection profiles can inject just the drivers you want. This ''Build a Better Desktop Image' article touches on this subject, and this blog post explain selection profiles in detail.

Hope this helps,

David

Windows Outreach Team - IT Pro

Edited by WinOutreach4

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Thanks for the info everyone.

I'm using PE x86 but I'm using PE on many different Dell laptops as I have images for the models I work on.

Is there a generic USB 3.0 driver or should I inject several of the "popular" types? Also where is the best place to download the drivers?

Thanks for your help again,

Greg

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many different Dell laptops

Name some examples.

Is there a generic USB 3.0 driver or should I inject several of the "popular" types? Also where is the best place to download the drivers?

There is no generic driver for WinPE3.

Download drivers from manufacturer, e.g. R309746.exe

Or use a package http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/windows/7/x86/chipset/12.03

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many different Dell laptops

Name some examples.

Is there a generic USB 3.0 driver or should I inject several of the "popular" types? Also where is the best place to download the drivers?

There is no generic driver for WinPE3.

Download drivers from manufacturer, e.g. R309746.exe

Or use a package http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/windows/7/x86/chipset/12.03

Thanks I'll take your suggestion and try both the manufactures drivers and the pack. I gather there's no harm installing more drivers then you require?

Thanks again,

Greg

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I gather there's no harm installing more drivers then you require?

That is impossible to tell. You can definately have incompatibilities on some systems.

All USB 3 drivers I've encountered use 2 drivers, one for the controller and one for the hub. Rather than putting in a bunch and hope they work, why not find out what hardware the device has, then inject the drivers specifically for it?

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