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Windows 7: I Broke Windows 7

19 Aug 2014   #11
tjg79

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

When you're setting up a dual boot on a RAID configured volume, you need to ensure you have a RAID driver that will work with both operating systems. That could be a problem with Win 7 and Linux. That's not a problem with Intel RST RAID on a dual boot combo with Win XP, Vista, and Win 7, because the Intel RST RAID driver is usually the same.


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19 Aug 2014   #12
jbaylon

Windows 7
 
 

soo, the bios doesn't have any options to enable ISRT... wouldn't I need to start with figuring out how to get that enabled before proceeding with the install?
The UEFI install USB I made per the link you sent still only recognizes a small, empty C: drive for installation, this time only ~29GB.
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19 Aug 2014   #13
tjg79

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not familiar with the chipset on your motherboard. You should provide us the specs. But, on an Intel board, you set the BIOS SATA drive option to RAID. You then load your OS. Again, on the Intel board, if you set the BIOS SATA option to anything else, you can't establish the RAID volume and you can't go back an change the BIOS SATA option after you've installed the OS.

Does your motherboard use an Intel chipset? I suspect it does if you're looking for IRST, Intel Rapid Storage Technology and you've got an Intel i7 cpu.
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19 Aug 2014   #14
jbaylon

Windows 7
 
 

I'm beginning to think something screwed up the BIOS too... Perhaps you can correct me and let me know if I'm doing something wrong. Pressing F10 while booting puts me in the menu shown in the attached picture. The system configuration tab doesn't have any SATA options... just a few things to enable or disable and a boot order list. Am I missing something?


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19 Aug 2014   #15
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jbaylon View Post
soo, the bios doesn't have any options to enable ISRT... wouldn't I need to start with figuring out how to get that enabled before proceeding with the install?
The UEFI install USB I made per the link you sent still only recognizes a small, empty C: drive for installation, this time only ~29GB.
What is the SATA controller setting and all its choices in BIOS setup.

Read the Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage for how IRST works on your model.

Is HD detected in BIOS setup? If so test it with makers HD diagnostics CD scan in Troubleshooting tutorial below. If not try reseating it or replace.
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19 Aug 2014   #16
tjg79

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Show us a screen shot of the Security, System and Configuration tabs.

You should do a Google to see if anyone has done a dual boot with Win 7 and Linux on the same RAID volume. It might not be possible on a laptop. It could be done on a desktop, because you can use a non-RAID hdd on the system.
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19 Aug 2014   #17
jbaylon

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not totally sure there is a SATA controller... I don't see anything in the BIOS setup that says anything about a SATA drive. Does that mean it's just not recognizing the drive?

It doesn't make sense to me that I should have to reseat the drive. Everything was working wonderfully until the dmraid command I ran while installing Ubuntu, and I haven't made any hardware adjustments or modifications to this machine.
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19 Aug 2014   #18
jbaylon

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, I've basically given up on the dual boot thing. A single boot machine would be a win for me =)
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19 Aug 2014   #19
jbaylon

Windows 7
 
 

here are the screenshots you requested. The third one is the boot options menu under system config


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19 Aug 2014   #20
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Need to find some sign of HD registering anywhere in BIOS setup. If you can't then either way I'd boot the hard drive diagnostics to be sure.

Disable IRST which is clearly there in settings.
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