I built a home server using a P8Z77-V and a Crucial M4 128GB SSD (details below in case anyone is interested ). I'm waiting on 3x3TB Seagate drives to utilize the Storage Spaces feature of Server 2012 in a sort of software-based array for media serving and central backup for various systems, but the SSD will be my OS boot drive.
My issue is when booting into the Server 2012 setup it is asking for the driver for the hdd controller, and I have tried all of the options that Asus offers as drivers for Win8. None seem to work. I upgraded the BIOS to the latest available (as of 06 October 2012) and have reset all of the BIOS options to factory default with no success.
Any suggestions on what to try next??
My Build - cost = just over $1200 with no bargain/deal hunting - just ordered everything from NewEgg.
1 x Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
1 x ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
1 x Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply
3 x Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
Note on hard drives - I ordered identical drives from 3 different vendors in hopes to get drives from different batches. There is a risk that if a batch is bad, all drives from that batch can be affected. Diversifying my source may help.
Thanks, but I can't seem to get the inf tweaked properly. Now it's just telling me to contact the vendor for an updated driver. I most likely butchered something somewhere, but I did what I could to follow their guidance around the various sections of the inf. I'll keep digging, but it looks like most likely they decided to be a PITA by limiting functionality of the hardware for no good reason.
Update: I decided to try Win8 Enterprise - no issue at all - speeds right through the install without a hiccup. So it looks like the flipping vendor decided for me that I shouldn't use a "desktop" board with a "server" OS. :INSERTRAGEFACE: