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January 29, 2012 6:38:50 PM

Bringing up brand new DIY system - Msi z68a GD80(G3) mobo- I5 2500K processor, 8 gig Corsair Vengence, MSI 560gtx Ti
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oh - 1.5 TB WD caviar black and samsung 830 64G ssd

Got to windows, installed drivers AND THEN read I have to change Sata drive to RAID and re-install windows to implement Intel SRT - Smart cache of SSD

So I got into the bios and changed the Sata to "raid"

Windows DVD in place - loads and stops - can't get to windows directly, can't reload windows from DVD

I'm hoping there's a way to reformat the drives and start over

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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a c 104 V Motherboard
January 29, 2012 6:46:07 PM

Sure, if you restart with the install disk in the DVD drive and hit a key to boot from it you can choose to do a custom install, delete the old Win 7 install partition and start fresh.

Using a 64gb SSD as a cache is a waste of such a large drive IMO though -- I would just use AHCI mode, install Windows to the SSD, and place a few key programs and smaller data files on SSD with the paging file, other programs, and large data files on the HDD.
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January 29, 2012 7:05:38 PM

RealBeast said:
Sure, if you restart with the install disk in the DVD drive and hit a key to boot from it you can choose to do a custom install, delete the old Win 7 install partition and start fresh.

Using a 64gb SSD as a cache is a waste of such a large drive IMO though -- I would just use AHCI mode, install Windows to the SSD, and place a few key programs and smaller data files on SSD with the paging file, other programs, and large data files on the HDD.



RealBeast Thank you for responding

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I don't get that OPTION! With the windows DVD in - it advances directly to copying files and then stops! I've tried (just now) hitting F8 to get to safe mode with command line - and that stops as well.....

I remain puzzled - but grateful for your attempt.
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a c 104 V Motherboard
January 29, 2012 7:16:17 PM

It sounds like you had an incomplete installation that is trying to finish but cannot.

I would use HIREN'S BOOT DISK to boot and then use one of the disk erasers on it to clean the SSD. Then set your bios options to what you want and use the install DVD to do a fresh install.
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January 30, 2012 3:08:15 PM

RealBeast said:
It sounds like you had an incomplete installation that is trying to finish but cannot.

I would use HIREN'S BOOT DISK to boot and then use one of the disk erasers on it to clean the SSD. Then set your bios options to what you want and use the install DVD to do a fresh install.


I'm going to call MSI support first - thanks for the response and info - perhaps I'm being optimistic but since I bought it Thursday and this is Monday I'm expecting MSI to step up and assist.

I'll post the results.
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a c 104 V Motherboard
January 30, 2012 3:24:52 PM

MSI, assist? That is optimistic. :) 

One thing that I didn't ask (but should have): is your HDD disconnected and SSD attached to SATA0 port -- that is the best way to do the initial Windows install and could resolve the issue.
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January 31, 2012 3:58:35 PM

Success!

While I DID follow the MSI Tech suggestion to DL and Flash the latest Bios - I believe the "FIX" was running my IOLO Drive Medic to return the HDD to it's original state - basically I took your Advice Realbeast (except I had the iolo Drive Medic CD in hand).

However, AFTER getting the system up and running with SRT (Smart Response Technology) active - I got all outstanding 102 Windows updates - AND ran Easy transfer to retrieve settings and apps from my old pc and.....

voila! SRT out the window :(  (bios SATA setting switched back to IDE)

However, my system is up - I can play SW:TOR powered by the 560GTX Ti, versus my old 9800GT -

After I backup my system, and maybe eat something - I'll flip the BIOS Sata setting BACK to RAID, and see if SRT lives once again.

Thanks again for your responses.. :D 
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January 31, 2012 3:59:27 PM

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a b V Motherboard
January 31, 2012 6:32:41 PM

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