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April 30, 2014 1:26:24 PM

Hi guys, I just came across this problem. I left my computer on for about 4 hours and after that Windows is simply unable to boot. It boots to the windows system recovery options instead as windows is unable to boot. The thing is, I run a ssd cache (RAID 0?) setup so something may be wrong with it. So far I checked my boot priority and ensured that the raid config was on in the BIOS.

Is this a sign that my raid 0 has failed? and if so, should i delete the config and reinstall windows?
Thank you

update: tried chkdsk but it said that it cannot open volume for direct access
a b G Storage
May 1, 2014 3:44:30 AM

What are your system specs? Particularly motherboard and SSD's you have installed.

In the BIOS does it show both SSD's on their respective SATA controllers?

This one should seem obvious, but have you checked / changed your SATA cables? Check to make sure they are seated correctly at both ends (drive and motherboard). If this seems to be OK, try using a different cable, do one drive at a time.

This should eliminate any cabling issues.
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May 3, 2014 12:58:13 AM

techgeek said:
What are your system specs? Particularly motherboard and SSD's you have installed.

In the BIOS does it show both SSD's on their respective SATA controllers?

This one should seem obvious, but have you checked / changed your SATA cables? Check to make sure they are seated correctly at both ends (drive and motherboard). If this seems to be OK, try using a different cable, do one drive at a time.

This should eliminate any cabling issues.


My Mobo is the asus p8z77-m pro my ssd is a Kingston 30gb. It is a cache for a WD Carviar Blue 1TB HDD
The cables seem to be fine...
How do I check if they are in their respective controllers?
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a b G Storage
May 3, 2014 10:13:46 PM

Go into the BIOS and see under Advanced>SATA Configuration it should show you what devices are connected to each SATA port. Do both SSD's show up on the controllers they are connected to? The ports are labelled, so if you have your SSD's connected to SATA ports 1 and 2 for instance, the SATA Configuration should some them connected. This should tell you if the motherboard is even able to see them.
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May 4, 2014 2:33:03 AM

techgeek said:
Go into the BIOS and see under Advanced>SATA Configuration it should show you what devices are connected to each SATA port. Do both SSD's show up on the controllers they are connected to? The ports are labelled, so if you have your SSD's connected to SATA ports 1 and 2 for instance, the SATA Configuration should some them connected. This should tell you if the motherboard is even able to see them.


Thanks man, but I got impatient decided to just try and remove the RAID0 config and reinstall Windows. It works fine now and I use the 30gb as a drive for some slow applications. I guess raid was the problem after all...
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May 4, 2014 9:56:15 PM

Glad you got it sorted out.

RAID 0 is fast, however systems running it can be more sensitive. If the RAID array goes out of sync, it can cause a non-boot situation. Since there isn't any fault tolerance in RAID 0, there is no real way to rebuild it. RAID 5 is the better choice as it has some of the speed advantage of RAID 0, but the fault tolerance of RAID 0. The only problem is that it requires at least one more drive.
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