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Windows 7: I Broke Windows 7

19 Aug 2014   #41

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I clicked on the link, but it only brought up the SevenForums front page.

Repost the link. It's starting to make sense to me now.

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20 Aug 2014   #42

Windows 7

Hi! You're both awesome. Thanks again for all your time and effort.

Sorry for the slow response. So I turned on and off my computer to look for the POST text you described, and sadly I don't think there's much. The only think that flashes (very quickly) is a statement about the esc key bringing up the startup menu, I think.

I'm having lots of trouble identifying my motherboard specifics. The only think that came reasonably close to helping is this PDF:
It doesn't list model number or manufacturer or anything, but googleing the replacement part number doesn't help with specifics much either. Maybe you guys can glean some better info from it...? I know nominally what all the configuration specifics are, i.e. what buttons I clicked when I ordered the thing, but aside from the processor I'm having a hard time nailing down manufacturers and specifics about any internal components.

I'd be totally happy with literally any configuration we could get up, as long as it actually includes my hard drive somewhere =).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Aug 2014   #43

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I think we can get you up and running in your new out-of-box configuration, but we'll need the tech documents for your system. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology Accelerated Storage System feature appears to be a nice enhancement that improves hdd performance.

I think that if you download the hdd and ssd manufacturer's disk utilities and do a full erase or low level format to return these drives to "new" condition and then attempt to install Win 7 with the computer manufacturer's tools and DVDs/CDs and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology enabled in your BIOS, as well as all BIOS items related to Accelerated Storage enabled, the Win 7 should install on the hdd with the sdd used as a non-volatile cache. You should be able to see both drives at their full capacity. After that, the only tasks remaining would be minor configuration settings.

From my reading, I don't think you can run a dual boot system with Win 7 and Linux on a system running Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The requirements and limitations are very clear about using this feature with Windows OS only.

In general, before you try something new like a dual boot, you've got to do some research to ensure everything is compatible. In this case, I think that you would find that a dual boot with Win 7 and Linux on a system running Intel RST wouldn't be compatible, because your Linux OS would need an Intel RST driver. I don't think there is one.

For now, I would stay away from all third party utilities until we get your system up and running in original configuration. Then, you should burn an image so that you can restore your system after you crash it with experimental configurations.

Contact the computer manufacturer through there support website and find out what you need to completely restore your system after a full erase of both drives. Download what you need and we can start from there.

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20 Aug 2014   #44


Did you disable IRST in BIOS setup then boot into Win7 Installer to see if HD shows up for install?

Check all BIOS tabs again for Storage Controller settings. I've not seen a modern BIOS without one. Settings should include AHCI and IRST. If it cannot be found then Reset BIOS to Defaults and check again.

Try cleaning both HD's as shown in second IRST tutorial above.

Check HP Support Downloads webpage for newer BIOS update.

Please do not skip any steps or proceed until they are completed. This thread is strewn with ignored steps. It is up to you to ask back enough questions to get each step done. In a case like this we almost always find a skipped step is the fix.
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20 Aug 2014   #45

Windows 7


So, progress! maybe. YESS!
Thanks I ran the command prompt tool under system repair. when I ran system repair before I disabled ISRT, the repair just shot an error and failed (you were right about missed steps). Now, with ISRT disabled, it loaded. I went to the command prompt, ran the list disk, and the window shown below popped up. I cleaned both the SATA and the SSD, and now the install finds both drives!

So now, uhh... how should I configure the drives for installation? Is there a way I should just dump windows on the 32GB drive and let it spill onto the SATA when it's finished? I'm not really set on any one school of thought here, so what would you guys do?

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20 Aug 2014   #46


Please understand that we deal with hundreds of these cases regularly and they are always resolved, but since every BIOS is different we need to see and adjust often masked BIOS settings.

Now what should happen next is to re-enable IRST but normally this is done in SATA controller setting as pictured below, While Intel Rapid Start is another feature and treated as such. So you can re-enable the IRST you show in BIOS to see if the drives create their hybrid RAID to do the install.

Or you can reset the BIOS to defaults to see if the SATA controller setting with AHCI vs IRST choice appears which we know is the correct setting. I've never not seen it on a modern BIOS are you sure you have the latest BIOS version?

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20 Aug 2014   #47

Windows 7


I tried to re-enable the ISRT and the drives still show up as two different drive options.

I checked the bios from the HP website, and I am using an old version. The version is F.35, and the most up-to-date is F.39. How can I update the Bios? should I install windows 7 on the main SATA drive, update the bios, change the settings, and reinstall?
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20 Aug 2014   #48


I'd install the OS to the SSD so you can compare the difference. Then run your Windows Updates so it is patched before running the BIOS update following the steps given with the Download or in the Read Me file. If your power is cut or update is otherwise interrupted it could brick your mobo.

Then after examining the BIOS settings for IRST to re-enable you can decide if you want to reinstall to IRST hybrid RAID or move your User folders and install lesser used programs above 30 gb to the HDD.

SSD is such a quantum upgrade it makes this worth it if only to compare the difference. You may want to buy an SSD once you experience the difference, or juggle what you have. From all reports IRST makes little speed difference, and almost none compared to SSD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Aug 2014   #49

Windows 7

Your plan sounds perfectly reasonable, and conveniently easy to implement.

Sorry to require a bit of pedantry, but I want to confirm that I know what I'm doing before I proceed.
First, install windows 7 like normal on the SSD, basically the 29.8GB drive. Apply windows OS updates and let it do it's thing. Then, apply the BIOS updates following the directions EXACTLY, without skipping steps or using any guesswork. From there I can decide if the OS on the SSD is slower than it was before, and if I decide it's worth it, I'll go into the updated BIOS and find the necessary settings to revert to the RAID configuration and reinstall.

If I decide to keep the OS on the SSD (unless it's way slower, I probably will for simplicity's sake), I'll need to install most of my programs (excepting maybe a few commonly used ones) on the main HDD in some D: drive or whatnot, since the SSD will already be almost full. I'd also simply cut and paste my user directory over so all documents and whatnot are on the HDD as well.

That sounds about right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Aug 2014   #50


Fine. Once you copy your User files over you should move each to the new location on that User folder's Proprties Location tab. You can also do this all at once on the User's named profile Properties Location tab.
User Folders - Change Default Location

Be sure to read the Reinstall tutorial under picture below to do a perfect install, especially how drivers are handled.

I would set paging file to System Managed and decide if I want Hibernate each of which will take up space equivalent to your RAM size. Some set their paging file to 2 gb to save space. I would use both at defaults then use remaining SSD space for most used programs, install others to HD.
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