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32GB SSD mSATA and 1TB HDD automatically got unallocated

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I bought a laptop which came with 1 TB HDD and 32GB SSD mSATA. Initially I Installed my Windows 8 on 32GB SSD and disabled pagefile to free some space. Two days later, I left my laptop on standby mode and when after few hours I returned, it was rebooted Win 8 showed an error that you need to repair the windows and I was unable to do it. So I tried a new install, in the menu where we specify the installation drive, it showed SSD as 29.9GB free of 29.9GB. It just was
made automatically raw. I installed windows on HDD and then formatted SSD to have it shown again.

The same day at night, I downloaded Intel rapid Storage technology and it detected my SSD. I clicked accelerated mode and it said that now my SSD is used as cache and it disappeared from my computer. So far good enough. My system was ok even after some reboots as I was installing drivers. At night, I placed the lid down and went to sleep I didn't shut down. In morning when I got my lid up, I saw windows error that Your System has recovered from an error and needs to restart. If you want further information, search CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. nd the laptop restarted. After that I saw the black screen that no boot device found. plz insert boot device and restart.

I inserted win 8 dvd and In the drive selection menu, there were no drives to be shown. so I shut down and disconnected my hdd and then cancelled the RAID mode and only then I was able to find my 32GB "raw" SSD and also "raw" HDD.

Can anyone explain why this happened both times. A friend says t hat first time it was because you installed OS on SSD but your System Reserved 350MB partition is in HDD. SO OS could not find it and it got corrupted. For the second time he says that the RAID caused problem as for RAID you need equal sized disks.

I am new and not know much I have searched the net and haven't found anything similar. Can anyone please help me? Right now I am just using mSATA as a simple 30GB drive. I really want to use it as the cache.

Plz help in what caused the errors and what should I do. here is the info about my drives.

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do you let windows update automatically? if so, I would lean towards a software/driver problem before thinking it was the hardware setup. also, I have heard people having strange problems when their machine hibernates (not sleep). how was this laptop setup originally? when it comes to RAID there are so many different types, that referring to just RAID doesn't say much at all. I think disks only have to be same size if they are striped (don't take my word for it, use wiki).

just guessing- the raid setup might have been using that SSD as a cache drive before you setup the software to use it as cache drive. that could cause conflict and could possibly corrupt data... if laptop came with that setup, most likely it was optimized from factory. simply setting it back to the original setup might have the best performance gains, etc...

you could also look for affordable 60GB mSATA drive and you can just use the SSD for win 8 biggrin.gif
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