Per this thread on SuperUser, I've done the following in setting up a new system:
- Installed components
- Updated motherboard firmware
- Ensured SSD firmware was up to date
- Created a RAID1 partition of two 1TB HDDs
- Installed Windows on that RAID configuration
- Partitioned the SSD
- Installed Network device drivers from motherboard CD
- Downloaded Intel's IRST software to allow Smart Response
- Clicked "Accelerate" and enabled SRT for the RAID1 Array via the SSD
Three different times, after two reboots (i.e. install graphics card driver and reboot, or install another driver and reboot -- have seen the same symptoms regardless of which driver or software), the following message is displayed:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key
I have no DVD in the drive and the error occurs even when I tell the BIOS to specifically boot from the RAID1 array.
So, did SRT hose my OS and all of a sudden? Everything seems fine from a system standpoint but all my data appears to be gone.
Steps taken So Far
- Checked the RAID configuration in the Intel storage controller (before BIOS). It appeared to be correct.
- Read some information somewhere else (unfortunately lost the link) that the best way to get back into windows was to remove the acceleration
- In the intel storage controller, went into acceleration and removed the acceleration drive.
- Now, the RAID volumes look like this:
ID Name Level Strip Size Status Bootable 0 Volume_0000 RAID0 (cache) 128KB 59.96 GB Available No 1 DataRaid1 RAID1 (Mirror) N/A 931.5 GB Normal Yes
- Still having the issue
- Reset the SSD to non-RAID and rebooted -- still can't get to the OS; same error.
- Attempt to repair the OS with a Windows boot disk to see if I can even see the OS or if the data is somehow gone. The Repair disk didn't even show any operating systems or disk drives available.
For Reference: Components Involved
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO motherboard (Intel Z68 Chipset)
- Intel i7 2600k Processor
- 2 x 1TB 7200 RPM HDDs
- 64 GB Crucial M4 SSD (M4-CT064M4SSD2)