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I recently acquired a R710 poweredge server with a H700 raid controller to use as my home media/security server.
My goal is to use a PCIe SSD for the OS and leave the entire 6 bays for data storage. I have read a number of posts that hint that this is possible, but in practice, I am hitting a dead end.

I am using a SEDNA SE-PCIE-SSD-SATA6G-2P-FBA adaptor with a ADATA SP550 SSD. the OS I'm using is Windows 10 (has enough server functions for my needs).

The issue I have is that the ONLY way the SSD will boot is if the H700 raid array is in some way disabled.

I first narrowed that down by powering down and pulling the raid card. Then it would boot to the SSD... Then I put the card back and deleted the array in the RAID BIOS, still boots fine. As soon as I put together a RAID, it fails to boot to the SSD.

I have tested a number of different BIOS configurations with no joy so now I send out my plea for help to the server gods...

Am I missing something? Do I need to change the hardware? Can this be fixed within windows?

Thanks for the help. smile.gif

Paul
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See if you can disable the PCIe option rom in the BIOS for the PCIe slot your raid controller is in. Otherwise you might need to try a different PCIe SSD or use the drives in the hard drive slots.
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I was never able to get this to work... despite following several "guides" so I wish you good luck. I actually ended up using 2 drives in the raid as the OS drives and the other 4 for data.
    
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Just to close this thread and to help anyone that happens to try this, I was never able to get this to work...

I instead did a kinda redneck solution that didn't give me the speed of the PCI slot, but it did keep my 6 HD bays open for RAID drives. What I did was unplugged the DVD drive from the motherboards SATA 1 slot and moved it to slot 2. I then plugged my SSD into slot 1 and used an external drive power supply that I got from a USB hard drive adaptor. (Sabrent USB-DSC5)

It's an ugly fix, but it does work. lol

Now that I have that hammered out, I have run into my next problem and that is that Windows 10 won't recognize my RAID drive unless the OS is installed on it. (and then it only sees 2 TB)
But that is for a different post.

Thanks to those that tried to help. I appreciate it!
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