Recently my laptop stopped booting windows. When I turned it on, Intel Rapid Storage Technology 126.96.36.1996 window showed up and said, that one of my SSD volume is disabled and asked me to press CTRL+I to enter Configuration Utility. When I pressed that, I was only allowed to select
Reset Disks to Non-RAID option. So I selected it, but windows still failed to start with a
Operation System not found message.
So I changed the following settings in BIOS:
- SATA Operation: AHCI (instead of Intel Smart Response Technology)
- Intel Rapid Start Technology: Disabled (instead of Enabled)
- Boot List Option: Legacy (instead of UEFI)
Then I was able to launch windows setup from usb. Windows repair didn't help, I got
The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. message. So I just temporary installed windows into SSD (during setup my 500GB HDD drive wasn't visible).
I even booted live ubuntu from usb and it didn't detect my HDD drive.
Also my HDD is not visible in BIOS. It shows
Fixed HDD: None.
My laptop's specifications:
- Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series 7437
- Intel Core i5-4210U CPU @ 1.7GHz
- mSata Device LITEONIT LMS-32L6M m-(S1) 32GB
- Windows 8.1
Does anybody know any tool or approach how to unlock my HDD from RST and make it visible again?