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Windows 7: iastor.sys related BSOD

27 Sep 2012   #91
gregrocker

 

Wow, not much there. So I'm assuming the hybrid SSD was a customization by the seller and is controlled by its software only. How is it installed, in a third drive bay? Try uninstalling it so that only the two HD's are installed.

Some PC's have a RAID controller that pops up during booting which may be RAIDing it at boot when the Intel Software can't. This can be disabled. Have you seen it pop up?


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27 Sep 2012   #92
flightmedic

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your help.

I think I'm going to take it to a shop. I get kind of squeamish with taking it apart.

I disconnected the CMOS battery which was easily accessible but it did not reset my BIOS. I tried again to boot from DVD and f10 and diskpart still did not see the disk. I pulled the primary HD out and could not find where the SSD is connected to.

Thanks for everyone's help.

Jim
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27 Sep 2012   #93
gregrocker

 

Jim -

I wish we had more intensive hardware help for you here right now.

Often times the SSD on one of these hybrid drives is only a cache onboard the HD. But you have the exact instructions to reinstall to such a drive from Dave, so there must be something else interfering. The Definitive Guide to Clean Install OS on a mSSD Cache Equipped Laptop (dv6t-7000, dv7t-7000, Envy17-3200)

You can wait for Dave to come back around, or I can put out a call in our lounge for any experienced on this type of drive if you want to give it a bit longer.

Please let us know what you find out so others can benefit.
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27 Sep 2012   #94
flightmedic

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you Greg. I'm very appreciate of everyone's time and attention on this.

I think some of the issue was when I was disabling the acceleration, it was interrupted by a BSOD which corrupted the operation. But I'm not a Windows guru.

Jim
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27 Sep 2012   #95
gregrocker

 

Another poster in the Comments section at The Definitive Guide to Clean Install OS on a mSSD Cache Equipped Laptop (dv6t-7000, dv7t-7000, Envy17-3200) had the same crash during disabling Acceleration and resolved it in another thread which could be searched out. You also have your post there awaiting reply.

Meanwhile you could also make a rescue reinstall to the other HD, install the software there to see if you can stablize the other HD enough to do a booted install to it. Since it will have the drivers, it may even seen the SSD cached HD when running the installer from the other 750gb HD.

Might be worth pursuiing these and waiting for Dave's expertise before spending a bunch of money in a shop which will likely be reading these threads to try to fix it.
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27 Sep 2012   #96
flightmedic

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you Greg for the encouragement.

I'm downloading Ubuntu and going to try that. Been reading the other forum looking for info.

Thanks,

Jim
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27 Sep 2012   #97
gregrocker

 

Actually I would install a Win7 rescue install to the other HD, so that we can help you troubleshoot installing the Intel software to try to get control of the other HD.

I am asking for more help with Intel controller now.
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27 Sep 2012   #98
flightmedic

Windows 7
 
 

OK. I thought I wouldn't be able to do that without losing all the data on it. I have 300GB of work critical stuff as well as my whole movie and itunes library LOL.
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27 Sep 2012   #99
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I have no answers, but I have questions.

I have looked at the specs for the laptop here:
HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad Edition Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Official Store
and note the new and strange hard drive options:

Attachment 233976

1. What is a 1.5TB "dual hard drive"? (Note: singular) Is this a single drive partitioned into 2 - 750GB "drives", or do you have 2 physical hard drives? It does look like the former to me.

2. What is "ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection"? Could this be some firmware protection program that may be interfering with the normal procedures?

3. What is a "Solid State Drive Flash Module"? This does not sound like a 2.5" hard drive as we typically see. It sounds like a chip on the motherboard.

Also keep in mind that the system uses a pure UEFI BIOS. These are highly customizable by the manufacturer. There are no "rules" anymore. This kind of system setup is new and strange (to me anyway) if any of the above items are true.

It would be of great help if we had a better idea of what the physical system looks like, in terms of the hard drives in the questions above.
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27 Sep 2012   #100
flightmedic

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
I have no answers, but I have questions.

I have looked at the specs for the laptop here:
HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad Edition Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Official Store
and note the new and strange hard drive options:

Attachment 233976

1. What is a 1.5TB "dual hard drive"? (Note: singular) Is this a single drive partitioned into 2 - 750GB "drives", or do you have 2 physical hard drives? It does look like the former to me.

2. What is "ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection"? Could this be some firmware protection program that may be interfering with the normal procedures?

3. What is a "Solid State Drive Flash Module"? This does not sound like a 2.5" hard drive as we typically see. It sounds like a chip on the motherboard.

Also keep in mind that the system uses a pure UEFI BIOS. These are highly customizable by the manufacturer. There are no "rules" anymore. This kind of system setup is new and strange (to me anyway) if any of the above items are true.

It would be of great help if we had a better idea of what the physical system looks like, in terms of the hard drives in the questions above.
2 separate hard drives. I actually removed the 2nd hard drive that I was using for data storage.

The sold state drive flash module, I believe is a 32GB SSD used for flash data rather than storage.

I think the protect smart is to protect the device and date from shock damage if the laptop is dropped.
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