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Stuck trying to install Win7x64 on 2*120GB Kingston SSDs... Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED....

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have scoured the internet for help, but to no avail.

As described in the thread heading I need help setting up a raid 0 with 2 Kingston 120GB SSDs. Once I get that far I am going to try to install the 500 GB as an alternate drive to put programs, directories and files on it that do not need the read write speed of the ssds in raid. My setup consists as follows;

Sata 3 Port 0: SSD1...This port is associated with the Intel Raid Driver/not Marvell
Sata 3 Port 1: SSD2...This port is associated with the Intel Raid Driver/not Marvell

SSDs were formatted previously to NTFS primary partition

Went into bios and selected optimized defaults
Went into peripherals and changing AHCI to RAID under "Sata Mode Selection"
F10 (save settings and exit) .....Enter to confirm

Reboot.... and I am supposed to get a (according to the manual):

A "POST memory check" followed by a screen that says "Press to enter Configuration Utility"

I don't however get to that point, instead I get an error that says, "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

Any help would be appreciated.
post #2 of 7
have you gone into your bios after that and then set up your raid again then boot into your disc or usb to install windows. then you can follow this guide to save some space.
http://www.overclock.net/t/664738/how-to-setup-ssd-boot-drive-with-secondary-hard-disc-optimization
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am not understanding? I went into bios and under the 'peripherals' section of the bios, beside 'Sata Mode Selection', I changed the selection from "AHCI" to "RAID", then I saved changes and exited.

After exiting my understanding is that it should have booted up to a screen that says something similar to 'Pres to enter Raid Setup'.

However I never got to that point, instead the error posted in my first post was all that I got.

Are you asking me to go back into bios and try it again. If so I just did and got the same result. Thanks for your reply and looking forward to more help. And I am in the process of looking at the post you gave me. Thanks a bunch.thumb.gif
Edited by M98Ranger - 8/15/13 at 3:16pm
post #4 of 7
What motherboard do you have? Usually you have to press a key combination, for example with my motherboard its Ctrl+L to go into the raid set up and create my raid. The after that is done you will have to reboot and boot from your installation device.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have a GA-Z77x-UD5h. After setting sata mode selection in peripherals to RAID from AHCI mode my understanding is that upon initiating 'save settings and exit', the computer should reboot to a screen that has a 'Press at the bottom (right after the memory check?). But instead of 'Press ' it gives me an error of "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key[/I". Any thoughts on why it is asking me to '..Select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device..'.

My understanding is that I haven't even gotten to the point of needing to insert my Win7 Installation CD because I have not yet selected the SSDs that I want in the RAID0. I did quick format the drives to ntfs, but that shouldn't make a difference should it? My BIOS version is F15q now which is a Beta bios version, however the version before was F14 (not a beta version and it gave the same error, so it is safe to say that it isn't a bios version error.

Any other help?
Edited by M98Ranger - 8/17/13 at 5:18am
post #6 of 7
After you turn the computer on press Ctrl + M that should take you into the raid setup utility if you don't get it on the first try keep pressing the button combination
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Pressing is for entering the Marvel raid controller setup utility. My understanding is that I need to access the intel based raid utility in order to use the 6GB/s data transfer capability of the motherboard. Therefore, according to the manual it would be a rather than . Or am I misunderstanding something? Can someone set me straight who actually understands this stuff. It's difficult sifting through misinformation on the internet (such as whether using the marvel driver or intel driver).

Also, just to see if maybe it had to do with the intel raid controller not working I enabled the marvel controller, saved and rebooted (with the same error result). I also disabled the Intel Raid Controller, saved and rebooted (with the same result....the Marvel RAID Controller set to raid w/out the intel raid controller set to ahci).

Any thoughts or explanation would be appreciated. Thanks for the help so far.
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