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I recently ran into a BIG issue, and thought that I would share with everyone, so that nobody else experiences this same problem.

While cruising through my bios, making some changes here & there after a cmos reset, I happened upon my HDD option sheet. Now, normally I wouldnt be able to access this because I'm running a RAID-0, and that removes the option pages from the bios. But as I said, I had recently reset cmos, and my SB600 was not yet reconfig'd for RAID.

Anyhoo, there werent alot of options, but I noticed that I could change the HDD S.M.A.R.T. function from <auto>, to <enable> or <disable>. Now since I'm running RAID, the SMART function is not usable in Windows anyhow, so I figured I'd set them both to <disable>, which "supposedly" will allow Windows to load quicker since the SMART data does not need to load...

...thats ONLY if you are using ONE hdd, or two hdd's in a standard or JBOD modes. Now, with the SB600 transfer mode set to RAID and with HDD SMART disabled on BOTH disks, the pc POST'd with no problem, loaded RAID bios as normal, and a few moments later - I get an error...

"Multi-Bit ERROR -- ECC DATA... ...OFF"

Scratching my head, I went back into the bios to check everything out... I set everything back to bios "Optimized Settings" (aka. defaults), and tried again. This time, when Windows normally would be loading, I get the error...

The file <Root Directory>"\\system32\\ld.dll" could not be found.
Please restore this file and try again_

And the cursor continued to blink... as did my brain. After another reset of the cmos and a trip through all the options, I figured out it was the HDD SMART functions being disabled that somehow managed to mess up the RAID configuration; thus Windows did not know where to look for needed boot/loading files.
Well, to make this long story short (sorry to those with pea-sized attention spans), DO NOT disable the S.M.A.R.T. function of you HDD's when running a RAID setup of any kind! I figured this out the hard way. And after some searching on the net, I find that this is an issue with a vast majority of motherboards. The few that dont have this problem, simply re-enable HDD-SMART when a RAID array is configured. Mine, unfortunetly, does not.

If one person remembers not to tinker with this when "bios-browsing" because of reading this thread... I have done my job
I hope someone finds this informative! Wish somebody would have posted this prior to myself, it could have saved me some down-time!
    
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[PHENOM II 940 BLACK ED] [3.65Ghz@1.46v] [MSI K9A2 PLATINUM] [HD4890 TOXIC @ 1055/1160] [BIOS V.mod~1.4125v] [2Gb G.SKILL PC2-6400 "PK"] [@860mhz 4-4-4-12] 
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[CAVIAR BLACK 500gb] [BARRACUDA 7200.12 500gb ] [LITEON 24x CD/DVD+R/RW/R-DL] [WINXP PRO SP3] [2*ACER "X223w"] 
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[SAITEK ECLIPSE II] [TOUGHPOWER 750w] [COOLERMASTER CENTURION S] [^heavily modified] [LOGITECH G5] 
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