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Windows 7: Changed Sata settings in BIOS now disk is invalid

18 Aug 2013   #11

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You will need to install the Intel software before changing the BIOS.

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18 Aug 2013   #12

windows 7 professional 64 bit

I can't notice a difference between when IRST was on and now, besides booting quicker. The install didn't change any performance with games. After about two minutes frame rates drop to 2-10, from 100+, and the games aren't very graphics intensive at all. I've been looking around and apparently the computer can't keep itself cool. It gets pretty hot, especially while it's closed for some reason. Should it be heating up like that or is this computer just bunk?
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18 Aug 2013   #13

windows 7 professional 64 bit

I don't have an ultrabook so I went to the dell website, put in my sevice tag and was sent to a page with the driver. I installed the driver. after it was done it required a restart, then after the restart windows said a new device was installed and required a restart. after all that i checked the bios and it's still set to AHCI so i changed it to IRST, and it went to blue screen again. The two links posted below the drivers are sent to a page for a trial request, i filled out the required fields and I was redirected to a page where i was told my request for a trial was accepted. Windows was already set to automatically update drivers as well.
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18 Aug 2013   #14


Is the IRST driver installed and has no error (!) in Device Manager?

How does the games performance compare to when you had the SATA controller set to IRST in the previous install?

I've asked some IRST experts to look at your thread.

Meanwhile there are steps for dealing with overheating in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 . Install Core Temp to give variable fan speed and monitor temps from System Tray, compare temps with max for the CPU to see if it needs fans cleaned and possibly CPU repasted, elevate rear or consider a cooling pad, don't close top as it traps heat.
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19 Aug 2013   #15

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Hello goodjob1. Greg told me have a look at your thread ... actually I just try to help, not that much expert as Greg thinks

With Intel Smart Response (accessible as SATA controller option with IRST enabled), the computer is supposed to boot a bit faster, as SCSI responses quicker. But as you can see, it is problematic as Greg stated earlier. And your observation that it does not increase performance visually is also correct. So the logical trade-off is to keep away from it.

But if you post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, it will be easier to have a detailed look at what is going on there.
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19 Aug 2013   #16

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I replace my 32gb mSata's with 128gb mSata & do reinstall.
May work better with Windows 8, but for me I would still replace.
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20 Aug 2013   #17

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Greg also asked me to weigh-in on your situation goodjob and I'll admit I struggled with how was the best way to help, and after researching for the last two days, I've decided this is the best course of action.

First, you need to supply us with better information, specifically, the model of your Dell laptop, there are many Dells out in the field that already come with or without the mSata Drive capability, some
already have the mSata installed, but it sounds in your case that you went out and purchased one.

If that is the case it has to be IRST compatible, and we need to know the make and model number of the mSATA Drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goodjob1 View Post
it has 32 bg msata drive
This description is not good enough. Even with Intel mSATA drives there may have to be a BIOS upgrade depending on your model of Dell, it could be anyone from A01 to A17. I would help you find it, but I don't have enough information.

The new IRST driver,
has to be version 10.5 or later or this won't work. If you did not see the Acceleration Button in the Manage IRST software window then you do not have the proper version.

There can also be Motherboard limitations, did you have to install a Daughterboard?

If yours isn't that early of a model it should be mSata Drive capable, and if this is the case the instructions to install should be included in your Owners manual, if you didn't get one with your laptop you will have to find one at the Dell site. If you do find it, please, supply us with a link to it.

There are some caveats with Dell's.
  • Encryption: Systems configured with a Dell Data Protection Encryption accelerator card do not support Rapid Start.
  • Some software encryption vendor guidelines may recommend using Windows® hibernate in place of Windows® sleep. If sleep is disabled, Rapid Start state will be disabled automatically.
  • Dell does not support Self-encrypting HDD’s or SSD’s with Rapid Start.
  • Passwords: Some Dell systems do not support Rapid Start when HDD (ATA security) or system BIOS passwords are enabled.
Source: Dell Whitepaper: Intel Responsiveness Technologies Setup Guide - Direct2Dell - Direct2Dell - Dell Community

Keep this link in mind if you encounter the same problem after changing the SATA controller: Error message occurs after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive

I am going to ask another member I know that has experience with Dell's to stop by, I hope you can get back to us with the needed information before he arrives.

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21 Aug 2013   #18

Winndows 7 32 bit

Hi goodjob1,

I understand that you have been assisted by one of the most experienced professionals available here on the forum.

However, as Anak suggested I am pitching in to provide any information that I would have as you are using a DELL system.

I believe after reading both the pages that either you have not installed windows correctly or there is a hardware failure.

First of all kindly provide us with the detailed specification of the system. Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

There are two ways you can install windows on the system with MSATA drive either you install windows on MSATA and use SATA for storage.

Other way is you install windows on the SATA drive and use MSATA as cache device or what we call as ISRT technology.

Please check these tutorials below which might would help you understanding the same:

How to clean install Windows 7 or 8 on MSATA(SSD) drive

Clean install Windows on system with MSATA and ensuring ISRT

Please check the same and do reach to us with required information so we can suggest further if required.
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21 Aug 2013   #19


Thanks SanDeep for the valuable links which I have bookmarked. These make the choices very clear and accessible.
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21 Aug 2013   #20

Winndows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks SanDeep for the valuable links which I have bookmarked. These make the choices very clear and accessible.
Hi gregrocker,

I am honored to have these kind words for you. And I appreciate the Rep as well. Hope this helps OP many other users as well.
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