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The last time I updated the BIOS on my Sabertooth X79 I somehow lost the "boot manager" in BIOS. Didn't have an optical drive installed at the time so I reattached a portable one which I had used to install Windows 7 initially, and after a couple tries the System Repair options were able to detect the boot disc. I don't believe I actually "performed" any of the actions on the repair menu but after a restart the bootmanager appeared back in the BIOS. Everything has been fine ever since. After reading up on it I'm thinking that it had something to do with the DVD drive being attached when Windows was installed and after the BIOS update it was not attached and somehow messed things up. Anywhoo......

I plan on updated to the newest BIOS this weekend. Here's what I did last time, please offer up some feedback if you know that I should be doing something differently.

Downloaded the ROM file to a USB drive. Named it appropriately.
Plugged it into the BIOS updated USB port and flashed it.
Unplugged the PSU.
Cleared the CMOS jumper
Fired the sucker back up and made sure the correct BIOS version was listed. Made sure the SSD was set to ACHI and was listed as the primary boot device. No flash drives or other peripherals were plugged into the system at all. Saved and Exit.
Kept getting a message after post saying No boot volume detected or something of that nature.
Went back into BIOS and noticed that even tho my SSD was selected as the boot device, it would still not boot into Windows.

Now, I did have to open up my case in order clear the CMOS jumper....So it's possible that I bumped the SATA wire/SSD while trying to get at the jumper. So, it's possible that maybe it never had anything to do with the update at all and maybe I just loosened the SATA connection while I was in there, but I figured not so much as the SSD was always detected in the system and if it were a physical jarring that caused this I would presume BIOS would simply not detect the drive at all. So is bootmanager just a funky chicken?

Anyhow, just trying to avoid what happened last time. Anyone have any advice or should I just do the same thing and give it a go?
    
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I had the same problem when I was trying out the gpt partition so I'm not sure if you also have gpt. Also fixed it by just cancelling from the system repair setup. Anyways because I was using gpt the only way it would boot for me was if I had the first boot device as "boot manager". If I selected the intel ssd it would not boot. This was on a p8z68-v pro gen 3

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can chime in
Edited by mikami - 4/27/12 at 10:54am
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I used to get that bug on old ROM. now with the new 1104 (i think). I haven't had any issue. Make sure you have your boot drive on P0 port.

 
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This really isn't a SSD issues at all lol.

If you OS is installed on an GPT formatted disk you need the Boot manager option to boot.

Try this:
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002;15563542 
Yes. Also, another caution on this. Windows Boot Manager is stored in the NVRAM of the motherboard when you START Windows 7 installation. Usually (not always), when you clear the NVRAM of the mobo, either by using the jumper reset pins or removing the CMOS battery, you lose that Windows Boot Manager boot option and you won't be able to boot to Windows even though your OS drive is intact. A remedy to that is to start Windows 7 installation again and do "Repair your computer" with it. When doing so, the repair won't see any errors and will just be finished as it is. After you restart the computer the Windows Boot Manager boot option will be back again smile.gif

It is hard to imaging if you still didn't experience it first hand. But if you want to experiment, then be my guess smile.gif
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This really isn't a SSD issues at all lol.
If you OS is installed on an GPT formatted disk you need the Boot manager option to boot.
Try this:

This is exactly what happened. Thanks for the link to this post, makes a lot of sense now! Thanks to everyone else for chimming in too.
    
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