My computer works fine, I installed Smart Response per the instructions and it works.
My problem is the sometimes after the computer has been off, and I power it on, it can't detect the HDD. It sees the SSD (Im getting this from the Intel Option ROM message) but not the HDD. This leads to the 'RAID' being in disabled state and the computer goes immediately to the BIOS where is confirms that there are no HDDs detected, just the SSD.
When I exit without saving, it reboots and everything then works fine. It is just that first boot that doesn't work.
I've replaced the SATA cables, made sure that they 2 drives are plugged into the 2 gray ports, RAID mode, etc. Everything checks out, and like I've indicated the computer works fine so I'm pretty sure its configured correctl. I'd just like to avoid having to reboot after a cold boot.
Is there a BIOS setting I am missing? Any suggestions?
Assuming you did follow the steps to the letter, one of two probable issues:
1. BIOS = AHCI/RAID but Windows Start = 3 (IDE); see -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
Start = 0 for both registry keys:
Jaquith, thanks for taking the time to read and reply.
However, I am pretty sure the problem I am having doesn't have anything to do with Windows registry settings or the software that runs after Windows has started.
My problem is at a lower level, and happens during POST before the OS is even loading. The HDD is not being detected by the BIOS. It powers up and acts as if there is no HDD, (although it can always see the acceleration SSD), and then complains that the Smart Response RAID set is broken/disabled.
Rebooting again at this time almost always makes the BIOS able to locate the HDD, sometimes it takes a few reboots or another power cycle.
Once it POSTs ok, the HDD is detected, the OS boots fine, the Smart Response RAIshows as Normal, acceleration 'on,' etc.
I am convinced that the problem is with the BIOS or hardware/power settings, but everything is up to do and I've replaced all cable. THe next thing I will try is another hard drive (in the small chance there is something wrong with the HDD, even though SMART is ok, no other signs that there is something wrong), but I am trying to avoid spending all that time.
I also assume both the HDD + SSD are on the SAME Intel SATA controller:
Intel SATA3 ports (2 of 2) = HDD + SSD Cache ; noted 2 gray ports, RAID mode
Intel SATA2 ports (2 of 4, 1st 2 ports) = HDD + SSD Cache
I know the cheaper OCZ 60GB SSD has done this same exact thing, but I haven't 'yet' seen the OCZ 20GB SSD with this problem.
If it were 'me' stop RST and disconnect the SSD to see if the 'missing' drive continues, and if it quits being problematic then IMO it's the SSD.