Solved Win 10 Installer & Win 11 Installer detecting neither of my 2 nvme drives individually, nor a raid-0 RST array comprised of them


gabespound

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Long story short. I had windows 11 installed on this very same system with 2 2TB NVME drives in Raid-0 Using VMD and intel RST. I decided to switch to arch linux, and disabled RST, and instead left the two drives in their default modes. I installed arch linux on an mdadm (software) raid-0 and used this for months with no issue. I decided I wanted to dual boot this config with windows, and opted to start from scratch. I now cannot get my windows installer(s) to recognize my nvme drives. When I boot the installer and click install, I get a "Load Driver" Error that says "A media driver your computer needs is missing". I have tried installing the intel RST drivers at this point, it doesn't work. The installer doesn't detect them individually or even when I put them back into a RST Raid-0. I Can however see the drives in diskpart, and I can even get them to show up in the "browse" button's file explorer used for locating drivers if I configure them as NTFS. How can I get windows to see and install to at least 1 of these drives?
 
Windows Build/Version
11

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11, Arch
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
During installation, IRST drivers needs to be as *.sys, *.inf, *.cat etc.
As Intel furnish the driver as an executable, you must extract the drivers from it.

Download the driver
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver Installation Software with Intel® Optane™ Memory (10th and 11th Gen Platforms)


Extract driver files from SetupRST.exe:
- Open terminal in the directory with SetupRST.exe by right-clicking the directory and selecting "Open in Terminal" or "Open PowerShell here"
- Enter the following command: "./SetupRST.exe" -extractdrivers SetupRST_extracted

The extracted drivers should be on the SetupRST_extracted folder.
Copy the folder to the Win 11 USB installation drive and load them during installation.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
During installation, IRST drivers needs to be as *.sys, *.inf, *.cat etc.
As Intel furnish the driver as an executable, you must extract the drivers from it.

Download the driver
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver Installation Software with Intel® Optane™ Memory (10th and 11th Gen Platforms)


Extract driver files from SetupRST.exe:
- Open terminal in the directory with SetupRST.exe by right-clicking the directory and selecting "Open in Terminal" or "Open PowerShell here"
- Enter the following command: "./SetupRST.exe" -extractdrivers SetupRST_extracted

The extracted drivers should be on the SetupRST_extracted folder.
Copy the folder to the Win 11 USB installation drive and load them during installation.
Why do I need the rst drivers? I am just trying to install windows to one of the drives in a non raid config
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11, Arch
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

Win 10 Installer & Win 11 Installer detecting neither of my 2 nvme drives individually, nor a raid-0 RST array comprised of them​


Why do I need the rst drivers? I am just trying to install windows to one of the drives in a non raid config
To install Win 10 or Win 11 on some Intel MB you need to add IRST drivers, even on non RAID config (AHCI) to be able to see the target drive.
Set BIOS to AHCI and load the drivers during installation and the NVMe will show up.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Just to add, been through this on 2 computers with 2 drives, BIOS setting of AHCI/BIOS allowed Windows to automatically install as RAID 1. Downside to RAID is removal of one drive breaks the boot process.
RAID 0 = striping, doubles the capacity but loss of one drive looses everything
RAID 1 = mirroring, second drive exact copy of first drive and loss of one drive looses nothing
I have a NAS drive advertised as 8TB but has 2 x 4TB drives, set as RAID1 gives me 4TB total storage.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Fixed:

Create Windows Installation media on a USB with MBR partition table. I followed the steps on a Mac usingthis guide, but imagine if you just used the official windows media installer on a windows machine that USB stick would work.

You also will need to install the RST drivers if you are installing on NVME drives. Even if you are not using raid. Either download them from your motherboard manufacturer's website and put them on a separate USB stick, or extract them from the setupRST.exe provided by install if you search from the RST drivers. run ./setupRST.exe -extractdrivers setupRSTDrivers and the drivers will be extracted into that folder.

Then, finally, the windows installer gets confused if there are other boot partitions on the device you are installing to, so you need to remove all other boot partitions, even extra USBs (not the windows installer) from the PC before continuing. deleting/formatting them also works.

If you do all this you can install windows on a system that shares a software raid 0 array with an arch linux install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11, Arch
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
While I'm glad the above fixes worked, you can install Windows 11 without the IRST drivers, if you can disable IRST in the BIOS. I just rebuilt my system this way last week - no issues, runs just as good as before.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13400F
    Motherboard
    PRIME B760M-A
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 4060
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (2) Acer XD270H B
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) M2 1TB
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Tower
    Cooling
    (3) Case fans
    Keyboard
    Standard
    Mouse
    Standard
    Internet Speed
    250 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi
While I'm glad the above fixes worked, you can install Windows 11 without the IRST drivers, if you can disable IRST in the BIOS. I just rebuilt my system this way last week - no issues, runs just as good as before.
You definitely can, i've done it in the past. I think for some reason however, even if IRST is disabled in BIOS and the NVME drives are not being managed by VMD, if there are other boot partitions on the nvme drive you're trying to install to, or if that drive has a software raid configured on it inside a different partition, you do need the RST drivers loaded. This was the case for me
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11, Arch
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
once you have extracted the drivers and you are ready to install windows and you have booted to the install USB how do you load Drivers from the extracted directory
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard
    Z87-DELUXE/DUAL
    Memory
    32 G
    Hard Drives
    2 Solid State Drives in Raid 10
once you have extracted the drivers and you are ready to install windows and you have booted to the install USB how do you load Drivers from the extracted directory
Read my post #2
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
step 11 here
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
While I'm glad the above fixes worked, you can install Windows 11 without the IRST drivers, if you can disable IRST in the BIOS. I just rebuilt my system this way last week - no issues, runs just as good as before.
There are some motherboards where that just does not work and IRST drivers are required no matter what BIOS settings are.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
Read my post #2
The extracted drivers should be on the SetupRST_extracted folder.
Copy the folder to the Win 11 USB installation drive and load them during installation.

After doing the above how do i load them
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard
    Z87-DELUXE/DUAL
    Memory
    32 G
    Hard Drives
    2 Solid State Drives in Raid 10
You won´t see the drive till you load the IRST driver.
Hit load driver, browse to the folder where the IRST drivers are and select the folder (it will load all drivers on the folder and sub folders). Then delete all partitions on the drive till you have one and only one unallocated space, and then proceed (next). (edited)
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
The system hangs and never gets to the spot where the above screen displays
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard
    Z87-DELUXE/DUAL
    Memory
    32 G
    Hard Drives
    2 Solid State Drives in Raid 10
The system hangs and never gets to the spot where the above screen displays
I´m sorry. In fact to see the drive you want to install you need first to load the IRST drivers and then delete all partitions.
Please see the corrected post above.

Please fill the "My Computer" with all the hardware specs. It will help us to help you.

Are you trying to install on a HDD or SSD? Is the drive healthy?
Did the computer came with Win 11? Is it "compatible" with Win 11?
Did you booted the Win 11 USB installation drive as UEFI?
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
sorry what corrected post
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard
    Z87-DELUXE/DUAL
    Memory
    32 G
    Hard Drives
    2 Solid State Drives in Raid 10

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
I never get to that screen , it hangs when searching for disks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard
    Z87-DELUXE/DUAL
    Memory
    32 G
    Hard Drives
    2 Solid State Drives in Raid 10
Please fill the "My Computer" with all the hardware specs. It will help us to help you.

Are you trying to install on a HDD or SSD? Is the drive healthy?
Did the computer came with Win 11? Is it "compatible" with Win 11?
Did you booted the Win 11 USB installation drive as UEFI?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64

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