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Can't repair/install Windows 7 x64 on AMD RAID

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  • Drivers
  • X64
  • AMD
  • NAS / RAID
  • Windows Installer
  • Motherboards
  • Windows 7
  • Asus
  • SSD
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August 8, 2013 4:04:17 PM

Hello.

I own Asus M5A99X Evo and 2 x Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB disks.
They are attached to SATA_1 and SATA_2.
Disks are members of RAID 0.
I have Windows 7 x64 installed on my only RAID 0.
No CD/DVD drives.

Recently I got BSoD - STOP 7b and immediately it became present on every boot.
Can't access “Safe mode” either. Freezes after
..\drivers\ahcix64s.sys
..\drivers\portstore.sys

First I decided to repair Windows. System restore did not detect the disk and drivers from the motherboard CD did not solve anything.

I tried all 3 drivers from Asus site - no result.

So I decided to make a fresh install. And problem repeated itself just as with system restore - Windows installer did not see the disk.

I've tried drivers from 3.2.1540.92 to latest I found on AMD website - 3.3.1540.35. No use.

So I thought drives are damaged. I created Hiren's Boot CD and it sees array and both partitions - System Reserved and other (let’s call it win partition) which contain Windows installation and data. I could even backup my important data to USB.

Ububtu installation also detects array and both partitions.

To double check I ran:
1. checkdisk on win partition and no errors where found
2. I disabled RAID and run “Western digital data lifeguard diagnostic” on each driver separately and both passed test
3. Ran Memtest86 which resulted in 2 passes with no errors.
This and the fact I could backup data seems to exclude hardware failure.

I also read hundreds of threads and even the "solved" ones could not help me.

Please help!

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August 8, 2013 4:22:39 PM

Shot in the dark here, but have you changed any BIOS settings? Have you updated the BIOS?
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August 8, 2013 4:38:27 PM

Also forgot to add, during the installation of Windows, was it not able to find the array at all? Did you use the 2nd SATA driver update on the Asus site and "Make AMD AHCI/RAID Driver Disk," then load that driver up during the Windows install?
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August 9, 2013 3:06:51 AM

navysealbrian said:
Shot in the dark here, but have you changed any BIOS settings? Have you updated the BIOS?


Before BSoD appeared, I did not change any BIOS setting nor I did install any new hardware. Nothing besides Windows updates.
After problem, I experemented with BIOS setting, turned off overcloaking and updated BIOS to latest version I found on Asus support website - 1708.
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August 9, 2013 3:17:33 AM

navysealbrian said:
Also forgot to add, during the installation of Windows, was it not able to find the array at all? Did you use the 2nd SATA driver update on the Asus site and "Make AMD AHCI/RAID Driver Disk," then load that driver up during the Windows install?


Windows installer could not detect array, the partition management windows was complete blank.
For installation I used bootable USB stick with Windows installation files and another USB stick with various versions of RAID drivers. I also tried to put drivers on the same stick where Windows installation was located.
I also used AsMakeDisk.exe to make driver USB stick from original driver CD and from the latest driver update (AMD AHCI Driver V3.3.1540.13) on Asus support website.
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