ASUS P8Z68 - Will only boot with bios set to RAID

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  1. sep

    sep Platinum Member

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    So back in the day I setup my 120GB SSD as a Cache Drive (20GB) and OS (100GB). This required the BIOS setup as RAID obviously. Since then I've given up on the caching and now have an Intel 240GB SSD Drive where I restored my OS. I want to change the bios to AHCI, but when I do this I can't boot. I've tried just about everything.

    a. Removed Intel Drivers (can't remove them entirely or It won't boot)
    b. Change bios setting to enable AHCI
    c. Updated Registry to enable AHCI driver at startup
    d. NOTHING WORKS!!!

    Has anyone successfully done this successfully without re installing?
     
  2. tweakboy

    tweakboy Diamond Member

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    This is odd. I can go from IDE to RAID to AHCI they all work fine on my 2007 P5K board.

    You have a kick butt mobo weird this is happening. Did you update to the latest BIOS revision ??? Lets start from there...Also give us a bit more info. What model SSD you got ? gl
     
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  3. sep

    sep Platinum Member

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    Updated bios to the latest. When it restarted I got "boot error" and found the bios changed to AHCI after the update. When I switched it back to RAID I booted fine. So, nope latest bios is not an issue. : (
     
  4. bankster55

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    In registry
    HKey local Machine\system\current control set\services
    Under the start key for each of these entries what D Word value for the following categories:
    >atapi
    >iaStor
    >iastorV
    >intelide
    >msahci
    >pcide
    (you may also have iastorF or iastorA)
    D Word value is either 3 or 0 for ea
     
  5. sep

    sep Platinum Member

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    >atapi = 3
    >iaStor = 3
    >iaStorA = 0
    >iaStorF = 0
    >iaStorV = 0
    >intelide = 3
    >msahci = 3
    >pcide = 0
     
  6. Jovec

    Jovec Senior member

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    Same thing. Boot SSD, mechanical HDD, Cache SSD. Computer will only boot with the Sata mode set to RAID regardless if I'm caching or not. NEver bothered to "fix" it.

    Do you still have Intel RST installed? Maybe uninstall that, do the necessary reboots to let windows change the drivers and find your "new" drives, then try switching to AHCI mode in the BIOS.
     
  7. sep

    sep Platinum Member

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    I have uninstalled IRST however the driver will not uninstall. If I do remove this, system won't boot.
     
  8. bankster55

    bankster55 Golden Member

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    You boot to Win 7 change registry settings, boot to bios and change to AHCI, boot to Win 7
    Set a restore point before you do anything - one that saves system settings and previous vers of files

    AHCI:
    atapi 3
    iastor 0
    iastorV 0
    Intelide 3
    msahci 0
    pciide 3
    iastor A 0
    iastor F 0

    FWIW Intel RST Win 7 install AHCI F6 folder is RAID and AHCI
    (No more separate RAID/AHCI)
    You should be running RST 11.2 or higher
    What version is showing in Dev manager now?

    Also when setting up RAID, you create metadata at extreme beginning of drive. When you "restored" the O/S to new SSD, you may have taken metadata with it (you didnt say how exactly you did that). If so, the only answer is a reinstall after a secure erase of new SSD.

    You have complicated a simple changeover with your "RAIDed caching config"
     
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  9. sep

    sep Platinum Member

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    I restored from whs 2011 server.

    Okay I will give this a try tomorrow. Thanks
     
  10. tweakboy

    tweakboy Diamond Member

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    Mobo seems to be freaking out. Try this. Unplug everything from motherboard except keyboard and mouse and video card input. Now turn on comp and change to AHCI and see if it lets you boot into windows. let us know...
     
  11. sep

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    Update....

    I got it working. I set all these to 0 in registry, rebooted and changed bios to reflect AHCI. it booted, installed drivers and required a reboot.

    Thanks all. -JC
     
  12. BonzaiDuck

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    Actually, I don't think the caching figures into it. There had always been trouble converting a boot drive from IDE to AHCI, or from RAID to AHCI. You can unhinge the SSD-caching (and the SSD cache drive) anytime you want to through the IRST software, and the HDD would continue to boot normally -- albeit slower for being "unaccelerated."

    It's the BIOS setting that causes this difficulty, and converting one boot disk in one configuration to another with a different configuration.

    Otherwise, I'm just being nitpicky . .