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How to fix Intel Rapid Storage Tech install

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January 8, 2014 2:28:36 PM

background: When upgrading the processor on an Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 board, from a Sandy bridge to an Ivy, the machine wouldn't start. Turns out, I need to flash the bios.
Put the old processor back in so that I could do that, but then IRST wasn't running & crashed whenever I tried to start it.
So, without thinking, I threw in the Asus disk & installed the irst drivers. After restart, it blue screened on startup.
I was finally able to get Windows to start by switching the sata mode in bios to IDE (AHCI & Raid resulted in bluescreen stop 7b & boot mgr 'windows failed to start' screens, respectively).
At any rate, how do I now go about getting the system back to where it was?

Using IRST, the system had 2 hdd's running raid1, and a ssd as cache. The IRST installed is old (10.6.0.1091) and I know I should upgrade it, which should be fine after the bios is flashed.
Should I just uninstall the current IRST software through Windows? And if so, then what? I would really appreciate a step by step. Thanks in advance!
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January 8, 2014 3:18:59 PM

Try inserting the Windows DVD, boot from it and select repair.
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January 8, 2014 3:27:35 PM

Should I have the mode set to raid when I do that?
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January 8, 2014 3:30:23 PM

Wait. If removing one HDD and the SSD, SATA set to RAID, does the system boot from the remaining HDD?
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January 8, 2014 3:36:42 PM

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

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January 8, 2014 3:40:38 PM

Is it the same with the other HDD?
What if switching to IDE? Does it boot from it?
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January 8, 2014 3:41:43 PM

Yes. Either one alone or both together w/o ssd --- same thing.
Also, now when I put everything back in i get that.
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January 8, 2014 3:50:54 PM

So leave it set to IDE, and remove the ssd and one hdd?
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January 8, 2014 3:57:31 PM

Yes.
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January 8, 2014 4:06:48 PM

Start up repair could not detect a problem.
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January 8, 2014 4:09:44 PM

And if booting from the HDD, still the same?
Is reinstalling an option, or having data on the HDDs?
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January 8, 2014 4:23:00 PM

So I put that hdd back in and pulled the other & booted w/ windows disk again. On that one, searching for windows installations, it said it found a problem with the startup options - did I want to repair & restart? - I did & booted again with the disk. It went straight to Startup Repair - "Your computer was unable to start - Startup Repairs is checking..."
Finally it says Windows cannot repair this computer automatically.

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January 8, 2014 4:44:51 PM

Okay. So I've run each hdd through startup repair. One had no problems, and one I fixed the Mbr through command prompt. As long as we're in IDE mode, either drive can boot. What now?

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January 9, 2014 8:34:33 AM

The easiest way would be saving your data on an USB drive (or SSD), setting the RAID array, reinstalling Windows and moving data from SSD to the RAID volume. Then enabling ISRT (SSD as cache).
Another option would be backup & restore, but, I'm not aware of a free utility for it (universal restore).
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January 9, 2014 6:19:40 PM

Here's where I am now:
One hdd can run in ahci, one can only run in ide. The 2nd is the one that the system must have booted from when I did the reinstall of irst in windows, because that's the drive that blue screens w/ the stop 7b when running ahci.

Right now, the hubby (it's his machine) needs to be able to use it. But if tomorrow I try to run just the non-corrupted drive in raid and it actually works, should I then be able to wipe the corrupted drive or throw in a new one and rebuild the array in windows?
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January 9, 2014 9:56:36 PM

You have to make an image of the non-corrupted drive, then switch to RAID and configure the RAID 1 array (this would wipe the drives) and then restore the image. The problem is that I'm not aware of a free utility for this (restore from single drive to RAID). I know that Acronis has the Plus Pack that does it.
It might be other too, but...
Can't you just save the needed data somewhere (SSD for exemple), and reinstall Windows after configuring the RAID array?
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January 11, 2014 4:07:36 PM

But in the past, when one drive has failed, I've been able to just remove the raid in IRST during post and put in a new drive, then use the IRST tool in windows to rebuild the array. Since it's raid1, I've never lost any data doing that. I'm assuming I'd be in the same boat this time. On the other hand, if the uncorrupted drive can't run in raid, I'm just going to have to reinstall windows anyway. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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