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July 14, 2014 8:18:31 PM

Alright since ASUS customer support sucks, I've been working on this for a few days and have asked around and still have not been able to come up with an answer. To start off I'll tell you what I'm trying to do. I just built this system and I have 1 ssd for the operating system and other programs. I have 2 1 tb hard drive set up in RAID1, and a optical drive.

I have a UEFI bios, I installed windows 8.1 on my ssd. The user interface came up and I downloaded my motherboard drivers. All seemed well so I shut down my computer and did some stuff and came back. I boot my computer and it goes straight to the bios. I checked the boot order and none of my drives are listed under the boot order. They are listed in the sata information but not in the boot order. So I put the installation disk back in and it takes me back to putting in the key and installing. I dont know what I'm doing wrong or in what order but can someone please help me out with this. It is turning into quite a big headache. This is my first build but I have installed operating systems before and none have been this complicated.

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July 14, 2014 8:33:10 PM

I believe you must unplug both the HDD and install the o/s first in your SSD. Once you got everything going thennnnn install the HDD and get it going :) 

Best luck
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July 14, 2014 8:37:03 PM

Hmm, I'll try that. and get back to you in a few minutes
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July 14, 2014 10:48:17 PM

It worked til I plugged in the HHDs, they don't show in the boot order
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a b * Windows 8
July 14, 2014 10:58:23 PM

If you have more issues I would suspect the RAID drivers .

I would ditch the RAID altogether and use windows 8 built in STORAGE SPACES to to do the exact same thing
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July 14, 2014 11:01:38 PM

Well so far it's not the raid giving me problems, I don't even have raid set up yet. I just have the 2 hhds plugged in but they don't show up on the boot orser
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a b * Windows 8
July 14, 2014 11:26:49 PM

Try installing the OS from scratch , including partitioning and formatting with only the SSD plugged in .

Install the drivers from the mb disk

Install a graphics driver

Then turn it off and plug in the additional disks . If it boots use Disk management to format the drives
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/disk-manageme...

[ I would install classic shell as a start button right after the graphics drivers but this is optional ]


One thing about UEFI is that they are much larger program than an old style BIOS . There is definitely much more that can go wrong .
If it still fails after the above then get it booting back to windows and reinstall the latest UEFI BIOS even if its already installed
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July 15, 2014 6:28:23 AM

I have done exactly that except for installing graphic drivers and formating hard drives. This actually comes to another problem I have. When In have the graphics card just in the PCI slot, not even plugged in, just in the slot. I get no signal on my monitor when the monitor is connected via VGA cable to the motherboard. I've tried vga, HDMI tried plugging in the graphics card and connected through that HDMI but still no signal.

So without the GPU in the system I can't download the drivers because "it has no compatible hardware"
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July 15, 2014 7:54:26 AM

I updated the bios via EZ update utility and now my PC won't boot properly. A blue screen with a sad face and some words flashed to fast for me to read it before my PC restarts.
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July 15, 2014 9:01:39 AM

Alright I flashed it back to the previous version, so now I'm back to where the 2 hard drives won't show up in boot order. They don't show up as drives either. They show up in the disk management in raid format so it shows 1 ddisk but it doesn't give it a letter or anything. It just says

Disk 1
Basic
931.51gb. 931.5gb
Online. Unallocated
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a b * Windows 8
July 15, 2014 12:27:06 PM

football52 said:
I have done exactly that except for installing graphic drivers and formating hard drives. This actually comes to another problem I have. When In have the graphics card just in the PCI slot, not even plugged in, just in the slot. I get no signal on my monitor when the monitor is connected via VGA cable to the motherboard. I've tried vga, HDMI tried plugging in the graphics card and connected through that HDMI but still no signal.

So without the GPU in the system I can't download the drivers because "it has no compatible hardware"


Putting the card in the slot tells the motherboard to use the graphic card so it automatically turns off the onbaord graphics

It should totally boot with a graphics card onboard and the video cable connected to the graphics card .

Flash the LATEST BIOS
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