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ASUS P6T BSOD with SSD as boot due to it being classified as RAID

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February 23, 2010 7:33:55 AM

MOBO: Asus P6T

OCZ Vertex 64gb SSD as boot drive, windows 7 will boot fine when the ICH10R raid option is disabled. But if I decide to raid my two other Hitachi 500gb drives, it classifies the SSD as RAID, when it is not. Long story short, BSOD ensues when Windows loads. :( 

Similar story here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258196-30-asus-raid-b...

Hopefully I'm making sense here, please help!
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2010 4:30:45 PM

RTFM!

Keep the RAID option enabled for the ICH10R and then you need to go into the RAID BIOS and set up the SSD as JBOD and the Hitachi's as a RAID array then be sure to change the boot order as necessary.

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February 23, 2010 11:08:14 PM

thanks, i appreciate the help, but please, keep the attitude to yourself. i must've overlooked this while looking through the manual. gotta say, i've not seen this kind of order/setup in a while, partially because i've not had too much experience with intel raid controllers.

ok, i guess i'm not finding the option for JBOD on the raid bios ???

again, the SSD is the boot drive, and the raid is my backup for everything.
when the drives are set to raid in the main bios, i get BSOD and get nowhere.

more help please.

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a b V Motherboard
February 24, 2010 12:59:08 AM

Given that the RAID option is enabled in the BIOS, you may need to reinstall Win7 but this time use the F6 option to install the RAID drivers. This is even though the SSD is not part of a RAID array in the typical sense, but given the SSD is connected to the controller and the controller is set to RAID in the BIOS, Win7 will need have the RAID drivers so it knows what to do with the controller.

When you enter the Main Menu in the BIOS as well as the Intel Matrix Storage Manager, you should see all three of your drives, the SSD and the 2 - 500GB Hitachi's. Within the Intel Matrix Storage Manager you would then leave the SSD listed as a NON-RAID DISK (if JBOD is not an available option) and create/identify the Hitachi's as whatever RAID Level you are using. And, of course, setting the boot order as needed.

Lastly, no harm no foul if the RTFM comment ruffled your feathers but, generally speaking, most problems people have with mobo RAID when they post here are PEBCAK and are solved with patience, common sense, and RTFM. You'd be surprised (but then again maybe not) how many people solve their own issues once they are told to RTFM and do a Google search.

Regardless of my rant, hope this helps and good luck!
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February 24, 2010 1:10:46 AM

i did a fresh install of windows and all the problems have gone away.
the old windows install had my old sata and raid drivers from my old mobo, so thats what was causing the hiccup.

i'm typing this from the new working install.

thanks for the help as well, i checked the manual then started googling which then led me to find out that i unfortunately had to go the long way and re-install the OS
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a b V Motherboard
February 24, 2010 8:37:51 AM

Great! Glad everything worked out and that you are enjoying a fresh, problem free install on your SSD.

Fall down seven, get up eight.

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