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How to set up RAID in BIOS - not many options

Q: How to set up RAID in BIOS - not many options

Where can I find an operating manual for the HP branded motherboard? My Oct. 2016 (build date) Omen 870-030vx desktop has 4x SATA connectors on the MB (Z170 chipset). It has a 512gig SSD boot drive attached to SATA#1. I attached 2x 6gig HDDs to SATA#3 and #4 thinking that HDDs are usually connected in pairs for RAID such that channel 1 would be SATA#1&#2 and channel 2 would be SATA#3 & #4. The BIOS set up lets you change from AHCI mode to RAID but it never gives you an option to choose which set of HDDs you want to place in the array - nor does it have an option to choose RAID "0" or RAID "1", etc. If RAID is choosen in the BIOS then the computer fails to boot. What have I done wrong here?

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A: How to set up RAID in BIOS - not many options

Hi: You can't just switch the controller settings without making some changes in the OS registry, or the OS will not boot. Please see this related thread. Should be the same for W10. https://communities.intel.com/thread/28709 Unfortunately, I have no idea where you would find a manual for the motherboard. The only guides available will be on the support page for your PC. You may be able to use this general guide for how to set up a RAID array...starting on page 15 http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03519601

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When to use RAID, AHCI or IDE options in BIOS during windows installation?

A:When to use RAID, AHCI or IDE options in BIOS during windows installation?

More than likely you won't be using raid. Which of the other ones you use depends upon your hard drive type. You use AHCI for SATE and IDE for IDE. Have you tried google?

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All - Is it possible to order the P70 with (1) 500GB HD and then later add (2) M.2 as well as replace the 500GB with (2TB) 2.5 SSD? Since I'd like to add (2) Samsung 2TB 2.5" SSDs as well as (2) Samsung M.2 SSDs I thought of purchasing the P70 with the minimal drive to reduce cost initially. Is it possible to later add (2) M.2 along with (1) 2.5 SSD in standard bay and (1) 2.5 SSD in CD/DVD drive configured with the (2) M.2 in RAID0? Wasn't sure if you needed to purchase the unit with RAID0 initially or something one could configure later via the BIOS given you have the drives available. Also, to confirm I'm reading the screws are already present for M.2 even if you don't initially order the unit with any M.2. Additionally, do you need to order a Caddy or the like for the DVD bay if you plan to install a 2.5" SSD? How is the fan noise under load? I'm planning to use P70 so support a lab environment of several VMs and VMware workstation with Win7 for host. I now use a Dell M6500 laptop with 32GB RAM and looking at P70 because of 64GB Ram capability. Thanks so much!

A:p70 RAID Options 4 SSD

Yes you can order the P70 with the minimun drive (500 GB Spinner) and then add all the drives up to max (2) M.2 SSDs(2) Sata SSDs the 2 slots for the M.2 SSDs are ready to go with screws. All needed is to buy the SSDs and add them you should be able to change the spinner for a 2.5" SSD as well to add another SSD into the optical bay you will need a tray that replaces the optical drive. if you order the P70 with an optical drive you will need to order the tray. Not sure if it is av ailable already you should be able to use RAID0 on the 2 M.2 SSDs. i was thinking about it but decided not to.    

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I had a perfectly working system (Win 7 Pro, 1 250G SSD, 1 x 1TB HD, 1 x 1.5TB HD, 1 3TB. I had the 1TB and 1.5 TB drives configured in 2TB Raid 0 with the extra 500G on the 1.5TB drive partitioned as a seperate drive.  Things were working great. 
All the information from the Raid was copied on the 3TB drive.  I decided to get another 3TB drive and stripe it to the existing 3TB drive to increase the speed of my games and for storage.  I have a seperate NAS box that I was going to use for backups/storage.
I had intended to remove the 1TB drive and install it in this NAS.   Yes...I know I should have backed up to the NAS first before attempting anything.  Hind site is always 20/20. 

So after I installed the new 3TB drive I used Acronis Drive Manager to stripe the two drives.  Things went as planned.  Rebooted no problem. Unfortunately, when I rebooted again, both Raids disappeared. Upon opening Disk Manager it showed all four
drives as dynamic/invalid. I don't care about the 3TB drives as all the information on them was from the smaller Raid array.  My ultimate goal is to either restore the smaller array or, at the very least, recover the data off that array. 

I have read about using Ubuntu LiveCD to recover files from a Raid-0 but the instructions were considering that the drives were the same size and single partitions in each. 

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A:Raid 0 Recovery options.

There are some recovery utilities you can try. I've used them with thumb drives but never with HDD's or SSD's. A good starting place to look for utilities is Cnet because they veryify all downloads to make sure you're not getting some spyware/ stalker application.
I agree with previous respondent that RAID is a hardware configuration. Just because Windows7 provides for a means to configure it does not change that. You can go through Windows7 to change your monitor resolution but when your monitor does not work, it's
a hardware problem.
Ubuntu questions should be directed to their tech support.
Good luck. I've lost drives myself and I now use RAID but I use RAID1 under "quality before quantity".

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MoBo: nvidia 680i chipset mother board
HDs: 4x 400Gb Samsung

When I build it I couldn't create a bootable raid due to the lack of a floppy drive and having no working machine to help, I was also keen to get working so I installed windows on one hard drive leaving the other 3.

I have since come back setting them up as a bootable raid and created a slipstream windows cd with the nvidia drivers that works very well.

My problem is that on the bios raid setup it only shows the 3 remaining disks. I also want to include the disk I've already installed windows on (well aware I will lose all data on it.) How can I make it appear in the list to include it in a raid array?

A:In use drive missing from RAID options.

Is that disk plugged into a RAID port?

When you set up your computer before, then you probably created a RAID0 or JBOD "array" that contains only one drive. Delete this.

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MoBo: nvidia 680i chipset mother board
HDs: 4x 400Gb Samsung

When I build it I couldn't create a bootable raid due to the lack of a floppy drive and having no working machine to help, I was also keen to get working so I installed windows on one hard drive leaving the other 3.

I have since come back setting them up as a bootable raid and created a slipstream windows cd with the nvidia drivers that works very well.

My problem is that on the bios raid setup it only shows the 3 remaining disks. I also want to include the disk I've already installed windows on (well aware I will lose all data on it.) How can I make it appear in the list to include it in a raid array?

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I seem to be in a mess here... I had a RAID 5 setup with 3x400GB drives.
One time one of the drives failed, so it was running on the remaining two
fine, altho a little slowly as expected, listed as "degraded" in the bios RAID
screen.... so i sent back the defective drive and meanwhile, continued to
use it in its degraded state with no problems except for loss in speed.

Then recently the system would not boot to XP, and in the RAID screen, it
showed BOTH drives as "FAILED." Knowing no way to fix that, since
I needed my PC for work and things, I took those offline (unplugged) and
installed a single drive and loaded XP on there and used that. When i
tried viewing the other drives through this new XP to see if I can at least
see the files, they were both unrecognizable by XP as expected.

Then my replacement drive finally came and I put that back in, took my
single drive offline, and had all 3 back to what it was... and rebooted with
RAID in the bios settings (had IDE while I was on th single). The system
still doesnt boot of course, but the problem is there is no option in the
RAID bios screen to REBUILD, or i thought it should automatically start
rebuilding on its own. I have the screenshot of the info at the end.

The problem is now it sees TWO non-raid disks, which is wrong isnt it??
only the new replacement drive should be non-raid and the system
should make it raid by rebuilding.. so something is not right here. Any info
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Planning on purchasing a M920t. Manual and specs say it supports M.2 Storage and SATA RAID.  I know that M.2 will not work with the RAID and only the 4 SATA ports will work.  What I want to know is if the M.2 slot will cover the SATA ports next to it.  This would render the SATA ports useless if it covers them.  There are no documented ACTUAL pictures of the M920t Motherboard in Lenovo's support only un-usefull cartoon diagrams.  Is there anywhere I can get a full image of the board or if someone knows if the SATA ports are un-useable when the M.2 port is in use?   I want to use the M.2 512GB my model comes with for the OS and a set of regular SATA drives for a RAID 1 Mirror.M.2 / Sata port location and Info needed.Never understood why MFG's never release actual images of the boards and only cartoon diagrams.  

A:M920 Storage Options M.2 SATA RAID

The direction of the M.2 connector on the motherboard supports the insertion of the M.2 2280 drive card to project "down" off of the motherboard and out over the metal chassis.  It is the opposite direction from the SATA connectors which are "up" just right "above" the M.2 connector.
I assume that the M920t is like the M910t regarding insertion of an M.2 card, in that there is an additional plastic mounting bracket which clips onto the metal chassis right there, in order to support the outer-projected off-motherboard end of the card.  It also contains a hole with a plastic push-pin that goes through the semi-circular tightening hole at the farthest outer end of the M.2 card and into the hole on the plastic bracket, in order to fasten the card down securely at that far end.
Actually, the plastic bracket part is double-wide, so that it can support the projected ends of both the x4 M.2 storage card as well as its neighboring x2 M.2 WAN card, if you should happen to install both of these optional M.2 cards.
The SATA connectors are totally unobstructed even when one or both M.2 cards are inserted.

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Purchased an identical SSD to what came stock with the machine.  Have been trying to get a RAID1 set up but the Intel RapidStorage that came installed seems to be somewhat proprietary and has no RAID option at all.  Running win7 pro 64. I did try to update the Intel Rapidstorage and it would fail to install and had to use system restore to get back.  I also had changed the values in my registry of the proper drivers and changed my BIOS setting to RAID. It seems very silly that a workstation would not have a RAID option ready to go. Any help on how to get my SSD's in a RAID1 is appreciated.  Thanks

A:Intel Rapidstorage For HP Zbook 17 Has No RAID options

I would actually also like an answer to this question. It seems even slightly shady, considering that I've found no options regarding RAID in the BIOS settings, and the advertising material for the Z17 G2 mention quite plainly that the laptop offers RAID 0, 1, and 5 options, which are also shown in the official HP leaflets. As such I would have thought that the systems would come with RAID at least enabled on startup if not set up already. I can think that this is simply a mistake on the part of the supplier through which our new computers were procured, but even then correcting the mistake should not be impossible. I'm trying to get in touch with our supplier about the mistake, but I'd also like some official answer as to how the RAID functionality can be activated before I start using the computer as afterwards the creation of the array will be much more difficult.

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I errantly switched the BIOS setting from Raid-AHCI to IEDI while attempting to allow my system to recognize a newly installed SSD.  The plan was to clone my HDD to the SSD as the boot drive, but it wasn't seen in windows.  Initially, was able to see it in the BIOS settings.  Long story short, I switched from Raid-AHCI to IEDI and have not been able to boot the PC since.  On boot, the pc turns on and the fans for the power supply and NVIDIA cards spin, but there is nothing visual taking place on the monitor. It's as if the devices are getting power, but the motherboard doesn't know they are there.  Tried clearing the CMOS (unplugged, took out CMOS battery, held reset button) and that didn't seem to make a difference.  There is supposed to be a "recovery" jumper on the MB (E15), but the pins seem to be missing on my motherboard, so that's not an option.  I'm pretty sure that if I can get the MB back to Raid-AHCI mode, it should respond for me again.  Unfortunately, without access to the BIOS on boot, I have no idea how to do that.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  Thanks in advance.

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In the Dell XPS 13 (9360). Using the latest BIOS 1.3.2 (but the old previous BIOS version was the same).

If you go to the "Fn Lock Options" under BIOS, there are 2 options, they are listed as:
  Lock Mode Disable/Standard   = The F1-12 Keys behave as function keys
  Lock Mode Enable/Secondary = The F1-12 Keys control the secondary functions.

These options are Swapped. If you disable the "Fn Lock" and set the mode to "Lock Mode Disable/Standard", log into Windows, and Press F1, it will then MUTE the system. Even though it should act like an "F1" Key.
If you go back into BIOS, set the mode to "Lock Mode Enabled/Secondary", log into the system and Press F1, then the Help comes up.

The options are swapped on these two configure options. Please update the text in the BIOS to match the appropriate configuration. Thanks. I've included a ScreenShot of the BIOS options. "Fn Lock" does do what it describes (disables Fn-Esc). Doesn't matter if u turn this on or off. If you have it set up as I do below, the Fn Keys are set for the proper Function (F1-F12) operation. However, the text says it should do its secondary functions in this mode.

A:XPS 13 9360: BIOS 1.3.2 - "Fn Lock Options", the 2 Config Options are Switched

Hi codster,Thanks for posting.I'll send this over to the team that writes the instructions. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I have problem with bios
i don''t see advanced option i have bios with last updatemy laptoplenovo 
E50-80 Laptop (Lenovo)
my system information:
system information
 and my bios 
*please tell me of you need more information*
please help i have trying fix it for 3 months
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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I'm in need of some help here if some cind soul is willing I'd be very glad.

I just bought a new cpu, but I can not use it. It's 45nm cpu, intel dual core. I have a asus p5b-e motherboard.

The problem is that I need to upgrade the bios, but if I do that, I fear that my raid will be lost.

Is there a way to upgrade the bios without upgrading the raid so that I dont lose all my data and current raid?

OS: win vista ultimate 64bit.


A:BIOS and Raid

Backed up some files, copied the old bios, in with the new bios, set the raid settings up again and everything worked perfectly.

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I have an Iwill XP 333R, and I want to flash the raid bios only, is this done the same way as flashing the system bios?

A:Raid Bios

yes, the new BIOS should update the onboard raid controller
no , in case that you have a raid card installed in the PCI slot follow the intructions that came with the new BIOS

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I have 2 seperate RAID setups on my pc. One is onboard SATA RAID and the other is on a PCI controller card. Whenever the machine boots up it shows the onboard raid bios screen for several seconds(which I can enter by pressing ctrl+I), then it shows the controller card bios screen for several seconds(which I can enter by pressing ctrl-H), then Windows loads.

The problem is that these bios screens really slow down the boot time. Isnt there something I can do to bypass the screens where I can enter the RAID bios(without disabling RAID)?


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Problems with one of the z420. This computer I need to have a boot drive and 3 indivual drives for three seperate projects. Did a clean install no problem with windows 7. Boot up and only the boot drive and SATA 1 one are showing. The other 2 drives are off line. I know it has something to do with the RAID controller in the BIOS and I can't find it. Also did not update the BIOS because lots of post about trouble. Should I do the BIOS undate. Any quick fix or where to fix? The last 4 ports are not showing. Control i or n - not working - hangs up and does not give me the RAID control  menu. Thanks in advance.

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Lenovo has released a new UEFI-BIOS version today, version 1.28. Changelog: Version 1.28
UEFI: 1.28 / ECP: 1.16
(New) Added Remote Secure Erase with Intel AMT support.
(New) Added User Selectable RAID function.
(New) Added Hard Disk password on RAID mode(Except NVMe SSD)
(New) Support nVidia new Video Memory
(Fix) Fixed an issue where 32-bit aplication might not work in command prompt.Windows: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-P-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-P50... Bootable CD: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-P-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-P50...

A:New P50 BIOS 1.28 with RAID option

WOW! User Selectable RAID ?!  I love you man!Any idea why it don't appear under Lenovo Companion app?

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I am having an issue with my BIOS and hard drive. Each time I turn my computer on, after the splash screen this quickly popups up:

I have tried looking in my BIOS for a way to turn this off but can't find anything. I also have 2 entries in my device manager for SCSI/RAID controllers:

-SCSI/RAID Host Controller
-Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller

I tried to unininstall them but they come back when the computer restarts.

I do have a single SATA disk in my computer but it is not the system disk. Is there a way that I can turn off the BIOS feature?

A:RAID Message in BIOS

if you could please go edit your profile and fill in the info about your computers specs. that would be most helpfully

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Despite the warnings, I tried enabling RAID in BIOS (Intel chipset) and almost fried my Win 7 installation. So, I now believe for myself that the only way to enable RAID is to also reinstall Windows 7.

Does anyone know whether a data partition on the Windows boot drive would be affected?

Are there any clear advantages to RAID in a one-drive system? (I did not see a way to enable NCQ).

A:Enabling RAID in BIOS

I looked into old RAID technology because of the many problems it is giving with Win7 installations. It can require reformatting the drives with loss of data to set up RAID.

It also needs two drives to be RAID, I believe, as it is redundant array.

RAID is completely redundant IMO with drive imaging now even built into Windows 7. Best to set up modern AHCI config of your SATA controllers.

Just load the AHCI drivers from your mobo CD/Downloads page into the installer.

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I always had my main data on a RAID 1 (mirror) and used the Bios RAID (see my system spec). I know i still need to back up... this is more an instant backup before i do my hourly backup to a different disk.

now I'm retiring my 2x750 GB because I ran out of space and will use 2x2Tb disks to use in same RAID 1 setup. now i wonder if using the BIOS Raid is better, or if i should use the Windows RAID (in Computer Management). Since Mirroring really does nothing for performance, and doesn't strip data apart it shouldn't really matter, right?

One of the good things of RAID 1 is, i cna jsut take one disk and plug it into a totally different PC and get to my data. no dependence on the RAID controller algorithm etc. I also was told, the cheap Bios RAId is just a glorified software RAID. so then why not just use Windows RAID. an advantage of software RAId would be int he future i son't need to buy MB with RAID (not sure if that matters since most better ones have RAID anyway)

One thing I encountered in Bios RAID, the software for HDD testing doesn't see the HDD in the Bios RAID. I'm not sure if that will be the same in Windows RAID? Being able to test the HDD every once a while would be good. On the other hand the Bios RAID uses the Intel Storage software that lets me verify the data (I assume it compares if data on both disks still are the same), which I think is neat. My new HDDs are HGST Deskstar 7K400 and i like to use the WinDFT tool from HGST (which tests the HDD for e... Read more

A:RAID 1 from Bios or in software?

i did a lot of reading on this and kind of conclude software and the fake-Hardware (aka Bios Raid on my chipset) are not really useful. The W7 software RAID doesn't seem to notify the user when a disk fails. Obviously this is a big fail (pun intended). And for the fake-Hardware RAIDs it seems they can have some problems going to a different PC (with different MB etc.). Obvioulsy one of my scenarios is not only HDD failure, but any other failure and want to just take my HDDs out and plug in new PC.

Maybe I just scrap the whole idea of RAID 1 and only rely on my backups. the only advantage RAID 1 would give me is a backup for the data since last backup. (I run hourly backups to a separate HDD in same PC, daily to online storage and every few days via network to a different PC in a different room in my house, and ever so often to an USB HDD).

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I am looking for an upgrade for my BIOS. I have checked google and can't seem to find anything related to my problem. I have a Highpoint 370/372 BIOS that won't upgrade, I've been told that I have to update my Award BIOS to upgrade this as well, but I'm unsure of how to do this.

Here is what BIOS agent gives me:

BIOS type: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
BIOS date: 04/19/02
BIOS ID: 04/19/2002-i850-W83627HF-6A69SA1BC-7C
Super I/O: Winbond 627F/HF rev 7 found at port 2Eh
Chipset: Intel 2530 rev 2
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

When I turn this computer on, I get the message:
The device of primary master isn't accomplish rebuild, recommend you finish it.
The device of primary slave isn't accomplish rebuild, recommend you finish it.

When I tried to update the BIOS for the raid, It says no loadable eprom found.

When I enter into the BIOS for the raid, and rebuild it, it seems to finish fine, but upon reboot, I get the exact same error, any help would be greatly appreciated at this point.

A:Raid BIOS problem.

sorry, it doesn't say primary slave it says secondary master.

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how do i turn off bios /cmos options like caching and shadowing?
this msg comes on the blue screen during the finalizing phase in xp setup

how to get these options off?

A:Bios options

Here's a link on how to access BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

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First time posting :blush:,

Situation: I have two hard drives : main drive: Seagate 500GB w/ windows xp and second drive: WD 1TB blank.

Without backing up the main drive (ops...), i went ahead and enabled RAID 0 on both drives and created a RAID volume (128KB strip / Size: 1TB (931.5GB)).
NOTE: the RAID volume size is only showing the exact space of the 1TB, excluding the 500GB drive.
After realizing that I needed to create a backup image of my main drive to use RAID with an existing drive, I'm left with the "Operating System Not Found" message.

Question: If I Delete RAID Volume (which is based on the size from the blank 1TB drive), will both drives become available as non-RAID disks and keep the original data on the 500GB main drive and be able to run windows again?

I'm using software RAID through Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v5.6.2

I understood that "Resetting the drives to Non-Raid" will cause all data on the disk to be lost, so this isn't the approach that I'll be taking til I find a solution to backup my data.
However, from reading the "Delete RAID Volume" option, it listed Deleting a volume will destroy the volume data on the drive(s) and cause any member disks to become available as non-RAID disks, so knowing that the RAID Volume is blank, then maybe trying this will be the answer.

When using the Microsoft Recovery Console in (RAID mode attached w/ both drives) logically there isn't ... Read more

A:RAID issue - deleting RAID volume to restore non-RAID disks

sadly, there's no way to do what you want without an existing backup.

Look at it this way;
A disk has a container ~ the partition.
The partition as a structure ~ the filesystem (eg NTFS, FAT32, RAID).
We put our data into the structure.

When we create backups, we are getting only the data itself (unless you use an image program like Ghost or Acronis where you get all three).

Deleting the RAID will give back the two independent HDs, but also breaks the structure so that the data becomes in accessible.

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Hi, hope you can help!

I have an ASUS A8N SLi Premium motherboard running 2 186GB HDD's in a RAID1 array that was working OK.

The system won’t boot, and if you will excuse the long explanation, here is what happens:

On boot-up, the ASUS splash screen appears. Then the RIAD BIOS as follows:

Sil3114 SATA RAID Bios Version 5.1.39
Copyright 1997-2004 Silicon Image, Inc.
Press <Ctrl-S> or F4 to enter RAID utility

0 ST3200822AS 186Gb
1 ST3200822AS 186Gb

No Valide deivce! (this is how it is spelt) Press any key to continue
Press <Ctrl-S> or F4 to enter RAID utility

The Boot then continues, listing the drives as:

Diskette Drive A
Primary Master DVD-RW ATA33
Primary Slave CD-RW ATA33
Secondary master none
Secondary Slave none

In the RAID utility, the two physical drives are listed but the entry under Logical Drive says “Invalid RAID drive”.

The keyboard stops working here, so I cannot toggle down the options.

My Windows Boot Disk won’t work, with the error message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware” Please check the Windows documentation etc.

The system Bios is accessible and when I check the Hard Disk Drives it shows the only entry as Bootable Add –in cards

By the way, after a few seconds even in system Bios, the keyboard then stops working. It’s a Bluetooth Logitech wireless.

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A:RAID or mobo BIOS problem?

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I replaced the Perc5 Batt and from a previous call to DELL, I was told the RAID controller needed to be reset after disconnecting the 4 drives and restarting.

Anyone know the proper procedure? I'm told the 00 drive can restore the controller when it is reconnected again. True?

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise. As someone who makes a living by the hour, I appreciate you spending some of your valuable time with me.

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I recently purchased Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version and have been trying to set it up on my 8TB 4-way AMD SB850 BIOS RAID array to no avail. I've been in contact with Microsoft support -- Today is my third call -- and my case has been elevated past initial phone support, to 2nd level support, and then today from initial phone support to 2nd level support, to 3rd level support and then to 4th level support and finally to level 5 ( does it end with Bill Gates when you get to 9? ) who talked with level 4 but could not resolve my case and I will be getting a call from him Jun 30.

The initial problem I had when installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit was that I could select advanced setup, load the driver for the BIOS RAID off of a USB key, partition the logical disk and format it but when I selected the partition and clicked "Next" I would get an error stating "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more Information." I soon found out by googling that this is an old bug in the Windows 7 installer that has been present since RC1 and that I needed to remove the USB key immediately after Windows was finished loading the driver.

That worked and Windows said It may have to create additional partitions and indeed it did create an 87MB system partition. After pressing "Next" installation proceeded normally, that is, until it got to the end of the installation process.
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A:8TB 4-way BIOS RAID setup nightmare

Hello jdb2, welcome to Seven Forums!

Windows has issues with RAID.

Have a go at using diskpart to create the Primary partition(s) before the install actually starts, I would suggest you create a 100GB partition to do the install to and that partition can be extended after the install completes.

Have a look at the information starting at Step Two of this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

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How do you setup the Raid throug BIOS when you have a 1tb harddrive and internal 24G SSD drive using Intel Smart technology?  I cant load Windows 8 keeps failing and cant detect the 1tb drive.  Everytime I use the recovery USB from HP it goies through the whole process and reboots to drive EF0 error and doesnt load windows.  I did the harddrive test and it came back with no errors

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Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD-EVO
Windows 7 64-bit Pro
Bios Version: 2102 (latest)

My computer died a while back of which I isolated the issue to the RAM modules. Since they were under warranty I RMA'd them and received a new set. Today I installed the new modules and booted up into Windows perfectly fine however being that it's been over 4 months since its last boot there were many new updates available. After downloading all updates a restart was needed. Now the bios no longer will recognize the drives in RAID.

I have to RAID arrays of which both are RAID 0's. The primary is a set up SSDs and the secondary is a set up Samsung 500GB hard drives.

Now Windows is unable to load because there is no media to load to. All drives are not recognized by the BIOS. The only way for the drives to be recognized is if I configure the SATA ports for either IDE or AHCI. Even the optical drives are no recognized while the RAID functionality is enables in the BIOS. Again this setup was working fine before.

I've checked the RAID Arrays and they are functioning properly so no drive health issues. Additionally both arrays are recognized under the boot settings sub category hard disk drive tab. The boot device priority is set to the appropriate RAID array but again the main configuration is showing no drives attached at all. The array with the OS installed on it is the 2nd array. I'm needing help to load back into windows.


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Ok so set the bios to AHCI for an SSD... Well i have a question then because i am about to upgrade to SSD and Windows 7...

What if... I want a SSD for my OS, and then to have two regular HDDs in RAID0 for like games and media? How would I go about this without setting bios to RAID? This baffles me

A:Have a question about BIOS settings for SSD and RAID-0


been asking on other forums, i figure this one will give me the answer

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does anyone know how BIOS RAID 0 performs?
- specifically on Gigabytes new P55 boards...

the manual has instructions to setup calling RAID 0 performance... if it were crap why would they bother?

people keep saying you need decent RAID cards ... but surely this BIOS option must be decent or they wouldnt bother... also these motherboards have new XHD feature which is related to RAID (boosting hard-drive speed)


A:Intel P55 BIOS RAID 0 - any good?

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I have a 3112 raid sata controller, because the raid version isn't compatible with linux and unix I updated the controllers bios with the non ride versin, unix worked but I'm feeling a decrease of performance in windows, is it just me or is the nonraid version of the bios aplied on a raid chipset slowing me down.
Thank you for your time.

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First off I am running Win 7 on a primary SSD, and have 2 1TB HDD in RAID 1 for storage. I have been running this setup fine for a while now.
I recently updated my BIOS (P8P67) using the EZ Flash utility from USB per the following steps:
-Restore defaults
-Flash new BIOS
-Restore defaults
-Reset SATA mode to RAID

Everything went fine, and I verified that my BIOS was seeing the 2 HDD as 1 volume. The Intel RAID controller shows the mirrored volume and 2 drives on bootup, all fine. However, when I get into windows, the RAID volume is not listed in the Intel RST software, device manager or disk management.

I got confusion.

A:RAID 1 not recognized in OS after BIOS update

After going online to Intel and checking that I had the latest drivers for the SATA controller, I decided to check the ASUS website. I downloaded and installed the older driver they had listed there, and during installation it picked up the volume and now all is good. I doubt it had anything to do with the driver version though. I think if I had tried just reinstalling the newest ones the same thing would have happened. Anyone know why I had to reinstall in order for the volume to be picked up?

I still have a fairly severe case of confusion...

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When I boot up, I see a message that states "Detecting Hard Drives...". If I then wait, the screen clears and I see another message that states (I think) that there is no array for the NVIDIA Raid BIOS and the system hangs after that.

I can only assume that at some stage in the past I inadvertently clicked the 'Yes' button when this Raid option was being promoted.

I note from a Google search that many other people appear to have been similarly caught. I would have thought that ther would be something on the NVIDIA website about it but I haven't ben able to find it.

My solution is to press Ctrl-Alt-Del as soon as, or soon after, the 'Detecting Hard Drives..." message appears and the system will reboot normally after that. I can, of course continue to adopt that course of action but it would be nice if I could find the cause and eliminate it -- without having to reformat the hard drive, of course.

Thanks for any assistance.

A:NVIDIA Raid BIOS at start-up

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I ordered Thinkpad p70 with RAID 1 HDD's and planned on adding aftermarket m.2 drives (Toshiba OCZ RD400) to setup an m.2 SSD RAID 1 array... First machine they sent failed to recognize m.2 drives.  Now I have a replacement machine with BIOS version 2.08 that will recognize my m.2 drives without a problem, as long as the RAID option in the BIOS is disabled.  As soon as I enable it, it only recognizes the SATA drives and the m.2 drives disappear.  It's strange that when you select m.2 SSD RAID it will only recognize SATA attached drives and allow you to set up a "m.2 SSD" RAID volume with those drives... Very disappointed I can not setup a hardware RAID array with m.2 drives.  Even more disappointed with phone support... calling in is a nightmare where they just pass you back a forth between warranty (which only deals with hardware issues) and premium software support (which says they 'don't help with BIOS, only things inside Windows').   Seems like a BIOS bug or some kind of hardware whitelisting... Does anyone else have a similar issue? I'd appreciate any insight on the matter.  

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Can anyone help?

I just bought a WD SATA 320 gb HDD and am trying to install it as an extra storage space - not a boot disk. the problem is that my mobo (ASUS K8V SE Deluxe) has two raid controllers. One is a VIA that i have two HDD's plugged in and not set up as raid - the boot disk (maxtor) is attatched to the primary and the other (storage) is connected to the secondary, and everything works fine. the second Raid controller is the promise 378 fAST TRACK controller and this is the one that i am trying to attatch the new 320gb HDD. I have updated VIA drivers, mobo bios, fastrack driver (fine in system). But Windows does not trecognise the drive.

If i put the promise controller as an 'ide connected device' in bios i can set the boot order and use my normal drive (VIA primary contoller - maxtor) which works fine but windows doesn't recognise the new WD drive plugged into the promise controller. But if i set the promise controller to 'RAID' in the bios and use the little prog to arrange the array, so it is recognised, the boot order changes and i cant access windows!! The bios recognises that there is a drive attatched to the promise fastrack controller and attempts to boot from that - but when i go into bios and attempt to change it back to the maxtor (VIA controller) there is no option to boot from the VIA Raid Controller - only the promise.

This is doing my head in! Has anyone any ideas as to why this is happening or an... Read more

A:RAID and ASUS HDD not recognised in Win XP, but is on bios. please help

Boot up windows and go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management and find the Disk management tab on the lower left. Click it and the HDD should be there. The reason it hasn't been recognised by windows is that it hasn't been formatted. Use this tab to format the drive (might take awhile).

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I there any way to get past the RAID Controller BIOS if you get the error "Number of devices exceeded the maximum limit of devices per quad" error? I can't seem to get into the BIOS setup menu or boot into my windows drive that isn't part of the RAID.

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I am accessing the BIOS to change the dedicated video RAM but I cannot change most of the options.My BIOS is Insydeh20 and I have already tried: -Setting an administrator password for BIOS-Disabling secure boot and deleting keys-Disabling administrator password for BIOS-Enabling Legacy Boot What can I do?

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Hey, I recently fully reset my laptop to get rid of all the bloatware that was on it from the factory. When I went to reinstall my two linux distros that I run alongside Windows, I was presented with a new looking BIOS/Boot screen. It said press sex for start-up menu so I did. I looked in the settings but there was a lot missing and nothing like the old text based bios that was on the laptop before.Does anyone know what's going on?

A:Options missing from BIOS?


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Please, if here is an owner of a ZB00k with nVidia Graphics, answer me this Question: If you set in BIOS this Option: "Hybrid graphics enabled", is your nVidia Card still visible in device manager? I have a lot of trouble since my ZBook has BIOS-Version 1.36, so this answer is very important for me. Best Regards ant thanks from Michael   

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Hello.I have a G40-30 laptop.I changed the hard disk and installed windows 10. The problem is when I boo my computer after post and before windows it shows me 2 messages. "Windows boot manager boot failed" where I press ok and then "Lenovo recovery system boot failed" where I press ok again and then it enters Windows normally. Those errors are because the original Hard Disk had installed 2 partitions extra one for each error. From Bios I change from EFI to legacy and I change to "legacy first" for boot priority. But after saving and restart the "legacy first" boot priority is not saved and it has changed back to EFI. The fist chane remains saved as I selected it.I tried updating the BIOS with the latest version but when I select to procced with the update the computer restarts and the BIOS is not updated.Again the computer works fine but I cannot save the changes I make to the BIOS. And I have tried to restore default setting to the BIOS but nothing changed.Any thoughts would be very helpfull.Thank you

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I have two bios options in the bios that will probably make the pc faster, but I want to know that it is safe. The first one is the HT speed, it is set at 400, but I can set it to 800. Should I do this?

The second is the DRAM Dimm voltage adjustment. I have geil value ram ddr400 running at 227 fsb with 2.5-3-3-6 timings. The voltage is set at 1.6, should I set it to 1.65?

Will these settings make a performance difference?

A:Weird Bios options I don't get?????

hey there,

The ht speed is the bandwidth between the CPU and the AGP slot. You dont really need to up it unless your having trouble with your graphics card.

The only reason you would need to up the voltage on the RAM is if you have overclocked it. If you have then a higher voltage will make it more stable. If you havent, you'll just be giving it a higher voltage.

Hope this helps

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It accedently opend that day i dont know why ,I did not press any key......However, I have disabled the Hyperthreading from thair because reasons.......And now i want to turn it back on, any way to access it again? just one time......Thank you Lenovo for this verrrrry limited BIOS, Im sorry, please help me.....Thanks

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 I have found a z drive on my computer I didn't put there I want to format my harddrive and reinstall windows, but I can't enter any of my bios options they are locked out

A:cant change bios options

Exodus777, welcome to the forum. HP limits the amount of BIOS settings that can be changed.  You can use the Recovery media that you made to Reset the computer.  Also, you could use the Disk Management to extend the partition next to Z.

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how to open more options in bios? my bios's version is J01 v 2.25 i want to show more setting

A:how to open more options in bios ?

Abdo2, welcome to the forum. I am not certain that you can see more options in the BIOS.  Once you're in the BIOS, you can use the arrow keys to move from section to section and through the options in each section.  If the option is greyed out, it means that it is not available.  HP keeps their BIOS options to a minimum. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I need to know how to change the boot order in the BIOS. I figured out how to get into it, now I can't decipher how to change the boot order.

I run a Toshiba Satellite 3000-S353 model - Phoenix BIOS

I have a constant restart problem and can't get into Windows at all. I'm trying to load the setup from the floppy disk drive and I need to know how to get it to boot from the floppy!

I don't have the WinXP CD so that's why I'm doing it this way.

I'd really appreciate any help here! I'm freaking out!

A:Changing BIOS options - PLEASE HELP!

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Hello all,new user here !

I have a quick question for y'all.I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ( rev. 2.0 ) mobo,and a WD 500GB Sata-II HDD,and i was wondering what happens if i enable the following options in my bios because they are on disabled right now

SATA AHCI Mode [Disabled]
SATA Port0-1 Native Mode [Disabled]
My HDD is recognized as SATA-II by HD Tune though the speeds of my HDD are kinda slowish 30mb/sec,but anyway my main question is: Is it ok if i leave them disabled or its better to have them enabled? I'm planning on buying another SATA-II HDD and im curious of these settings.

A:A question regarding some options in my bios !


I don't know about the second option, but I know the first. See this tutorial before changing anything: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Good luck!

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