There are scattered posts here and there, but I thought I'd make an all in one.
1) if you upgrade or install 8 from fresh, you must babysit the R3 (and maybe other models as well) unless they are CERTIFIED Win 8. If you don't babysit, every time the install program (or once you get it installed), does a warm reboot, the system will hang part way through the boot process. This can corrupt files, and/or the file system. If you use software (Windows) based mirroring, this is a NIGHTMARE as the mirror rebuilds after the crash. For a long time, no one knew the fix. Now it's easy. You just download the latest windows drivers and management software for the Intel Rapid Storage. In my case, I had to FORCE install the drivers by saying I had a disk, unchecking the compatible only box, and FORCING it to accept the new chipset drivers. That solved my reboot issues. It also let windows see drives over 2TB as their actual size, and use them. The problem was the RAID controller could not use them at their full size...
WARNING: ONLY ATTEMPT THE BELOW IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER FIRST! I ALSO RECOMMEND ONLY DOING THE BELOW IF YOUR COMPUTER IS NO LONGER IN WARRANTY BECAUSE THIS WILL VOID IT IF YOU BRICK IT.
From personal experience, as long as you follow the steps, and pick the right files, you will be fine. This is only modding the RAID portion of the bios. So even if you botched it, the system would still POST, it just wouldn't boot.. in which case you can use a dos based utility to reflash your rom.. and I suggest you make a bootable dos based CD with your original rom before you attempt the below.
2) Dell refuses to update even just the raid portion on the bios. They are literally one version behind the version that supports 4TB drives. Well you can fix this in 15-30mins depending on how tech savvy you are.
a) you basically DL your current bios from the dell website
b) follow the instructions here: http://www.win-lite.de/wbb/board208-specials/board281-bios-bios-modding/16658-bios-modding-how-to-up... (all alienware r3 and higher use UEFI bios even if you don't use that function to boot windows)
c) you identify what chipset you have and grab the modded raid bios code and replace the one in your dell bios then use the dell bios uploader to upload it.. and boom... 4TB support along with other goodies (as in full SSD support with TRIM). Since you have the newest Raid Rom, you get all the newer features in the intel rapid storage manger that you didn't see before.
Another thing.. the r3 claims to have full SATA3 support.. It DOES NOT... the controller can not handle 6 Sata 3 devices. It can handle TWO..It does 2 at SATA 3, 2 at SATA 2, and 2 at SATA 1... upgrading the raid and HD controller bios runs all 6 channels at SATA 3 (if you install that mod).
Alienware Aurora R3 - A"07" (modded*) - 1000W PSU
Intel Core i-7 2600K 3.4Ghz, Turbo mode 4.9Ghz, VID OV @ 20 w/PLL Overclocking Enabled
8GB RAM DDR3 1666Mhz
EVGA nVidia 780 GPU
(2) Dell 30" 2560x1600 Monitors
C: 2TB (2 1TB Raid 0 drives)
D: 12TB (3 4TB Raid 0 drives)
E: 32GB USB 3.0 Thumb Readyboost Drive (yes it REALLY helps until I go pure SSD)
F: 16TB Usb 3.0 Raid 5 backup array box
Windows 8.1 x64
*=Warm boot issues resolved, added support for drives larger than 2-4TB, TRIM SUPPORT, ENABLED ALL UEFI support so to not cause issues with windows 8+ or new gpus, as well as other bug fixes. I have a file called A07.bin, and when my R3 boots up, it reports bios vA07 which are MY mods to the bios. My "A07" is what Dell SHOULD have done with the R3 line. Also with the zip file are updated USB and CHIPSET drivers for Windows that FIX the warm boot lock up. Contact for the files. I will ONLY supply them if your machine is OUT of warranty
Thanks’ for sharing Dduttonnc!
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I'd love to get a copy of A07 for my new to me Aurora R3...how can I get you my email address?
DDUTTONNC, For what I understand, our Aurora R3 have the AMI BIOS, cand you please lend me your files for me to reflash the PCI ROM for the Intel RST module?, can you please tell me how to open the A06 BIOS flasher file from de MMTool?, thanks in advance!
Would you please tell me how to get your A07 BIOS image? My machine is out of warranty, and I would like 4TB support. The link http://www.win-lite.de/wbb/board208-specials/board281-bios-bios-modding/16658-bios-modding-how-to-up...
no longer works
I am in need of your A07 to use my new GTX770. Are you still distributing the bios?
Hi there. You seem to be the only person I can find that has this thing whipped. I have an Aurora R3 and I just purchased an r9 280x to replace the ATI video card it came with. It won't boot or post. I've seen some people (different computers) fix this same issue by setting up PCI to legacy in bios, but we don't have that option (that I can find)
So where is the new/custom bios (I hear A07 thrown around) and how do I install it to work on my r3?
I'm still running win7, my drives all work, I just need to get this stupid video card working.
Hi SDEAN7855, I managed to reflash my BIOS and I still have the files on my PC, Tomorrow I'll contact you by the mail you left on your last post to help you have the 4 TB support.
Thank you JRGENR! If the BIOS flash goes bad, is there a fallback of reflashing to A06?