SSD visible in windows, not visible in BIOS

Hi there.

I have an Asus R416S laptop on which there is zero information on the internet.
It was working super slow, so I decided to format the SSD (https://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/SanDisk/SDINADF4-64G?qs=sGAEpiMZZMuIiYGg9i1FDPBqgxOBjJFN3pmUvRMPw7BZdRvXBRHB8w==) and have a clean Windows 10 installation.

After formatting the SSD, wh.en selecting the hard drive, windows shows an error: (https://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmanager/windows-cannot-be-installed-to-this-disk.html#error-4)

Alright. I go into BIOS but under BOOT, the SSD doesn't show up. I can only see my bootable Windows USB which is set to Boot Priority #1.
If the SSD is disabled, I can't enable the drive because the bios is SO bare bones that I can't Change SATA Controller Mode as there is no option like that in the BIOS. Resetting the BIOS to default of optimised settings also didn't make the SSD appear.

I created a portable windows installation on an USB and booting windows through the USB, I can see the SSD in Windows. I can copy to it and open whatever I have copied on it.
I thought it might be a firmware problem.. Downloaded new and old SanDisk SSD tools and the SSD Dashboard but those didn't recognize the SSD.

At this point I am stumped. Does anyone have any ideas what could I do?
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    Question from Tmkks : "SSD won't show up in bios but is visible in Windows"

    Tmkks said:
    Hi there.

    I have an Asus R416S laptop on which there is zero information on the internet.
    It was working super slow, so I decided to format the SSD (sandisk rf4064 ssd for which there is no information on the internet) and have a clean Windows 10 installation.

    After formatting the SSD, wh.en selecting the hard drive, windows shows an error: (https://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmanager/windows-cannot-be-installed-to-this-disk.html#error-4)

    Alright. I go into BIOS but under BOOT, the SSD doesn't show up. I can only see my bootable Windows USB which is set to Boot Priority #1.
    If the SSD is disabled, I can't enable the drive because the bios is SO bare bones that I can't Change SATA Controller Mode as there is no option like that in the BIOS. Resetting the BIOS to default of optimised settings also didn't make the SSD appear.

    I created a portable windows installation on an USB and booting windows through the USB, I can see the SSD in Windows. I can copy to it and open whatever I have copied on it.
    I thought it might be a firmware problem.. Downloaded new and old SanDisk SSD tools and the SSD Dashboard but those didn't recognize the SSD.

    At this point I am stumped. Does anyone have any ideas what could I do?
  2. Here are photos of BIOS to get a better understanding: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sRwWn9qy3oHW9A6n1
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