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bios key for array disks

Dell inspiron 7520. do anyone knows the key for bios RAID configuration? i tried CTRL I ; CTRL A ; CTRL S ..doesn t works..

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Re: bios key for array disks

Hi dpopaj,

In this system there is no option to go to RAID BIOS as ‘CTRL + I’ is disabled. The system comes with Intel Rapid Storage Technology which is similar to RAID and it is limited to configuring mSATA SSD

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Sujatha K
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dpopaj
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Re: bios key for array disks

OK I understand you.

I have my Intel Rapid Storage application and I configure RAID on my entire 1TB HDD by mistake.

Now I can't see my HDD. I try to boot system from original Win7 DVD but I can't see my 1TB HDD.

I tried with DISKPART Command line and still can't see HDD.

I try to change in my Intel Rapid Storage application but there is NO option for reconfigure RAID.

My Win7 OS is on 32GB SSD. It is the only disk that I see right nowSmiley Sad

Do you have some idea how to take off my RAID from my HDD disk?

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Hi dpopaj,

I suspect the Acceleration is enabled.
Steps to disable Intel Smart Response Technology:

Step1. Launch Intel RST UI from system tray.

Step2. Select “Accelerate” Tab, click “Disable acceleration”.

Step3. Click “Reset to available” to reset volume.

In case this does not work, kinldy follow the steps given below:

  • Boot to Bios (F2)
  • Change Sata operation to AHCI
  • Save settings and Exit
  • As soon as the system boots up tap the F8 key to go into Advanced options
  • Choose option Repair my computer
  • Wait for 3 – 5 minutes on the black screen until the system shows up recovery options
  • On System Recovery option click next
  • On user name / password option click next (if password has been set for primary user please enter the right password)
  • On System Recovery Option screen ------> Select Command Prompt
  • At Command prompt type in Diskpart
  • Type LIST DISK à You should see 2 Disks listed like below

Note down the right DISK number for the next steps. On some systems Msata HDD would be either Disk 1 or Disk .

DISK ###

Status

Size

Free

Dyn

GPT

DISK 0

Online

29 GB

19 GB

 

 

DISK 1

Online

465 GB

5091 MB

 

 

 

 

  • Type SELECT DISK 0(Whichever is msata drive)
    • It should say DISK 0 is selected
  • Type Clean
    • This should clean the msata HDD
  • Type OFFLINE Disk
    • This should make the Disk Offline

      DISK ###

      Status

      Size

      Free

      Dyn

      GPT

      DISK 0

      Offline

      29 GB

      19 GB

       

       

      DISK 1

      Online

      465 GB

      5091 MB

       

       

 

 

  • Type EXIT
  • RESTART
  • On Restart go into BIOS (F2) and change SATA back to Intel Smart Response Technology
  • Click save and exit  and Restart
  • Option Rom should pop up – Press Ctrl + I
  • Press R to disable acceleration and 6 to Exit
  • Boot into Windows Normally

Now you should be able to view the HDD when you try to install the Operation system.

Reply to the post with the status.

Thanks and Regards,
Sujatha K
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dpopaj
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Re: bios key for array disks

Hi Sujatha:-)

First at all I would thank You for resolve my problem. I finally see the HDD. Thanks.

I must go the other way- from BIOS because I dont have the option "accelerate" in my Intel Storage Tech?  why?

And in my Option ROM after CTRL I  i tried to push letter R but nothing was done.

Nevermind. Right now I am in AHCI mode and I have my 1TB HDD & 32GB SSD. It is OK.

I put Win7 on HDD and my SSD is clean. Maybe I want to make my SSD catching like in factory configuration.

I have no drivers install - clean compjuter.

OK. I'm intalling drivers.

Every driver goes well but when I install Intell Rapid Storage driver and restart my comp i see bluescreen.

I went to my BIOS, enable mSATA Intel Rapid Storage because before I was in AHCI.

Again Option ROM, push CTRL I and the menu is in front of me:

RAID VOLUMES:

ID   NAME    LEVEL          STRIP      SIZE       STATUS       BOOTABLE

0         1       Raid0(stripe)  8KB    29,8MB    Failed             No

PHYSICAL DEVICES:

O      St................HDD          931,5GB MemberDisk(0)

1       Samsung....SSD             29,8GB  NON-RAID Disk

In menu what ever i want to do i cant.  for example: I want to create RAID, I choose raid0, I choose 128kb.. and when

I wont to finaly confirm it says somthing like "choose diffrent volume name with max 16 characters".

I tried to put 20 diffrent names and to change some other options but I really cant do anything.

Again go to Bios and change to AHCI mode but I can not go in my OS.

No way out. I reinstall my Win7 and reinstall all my drivers except Intel Rapid Storage Tech driver.

Right now again in AHCI mode.

Do you have some solution how could I make my entire SSD raid caching with Intel Rapid Storage ot without it?

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Hi dpopaj,

From the information you sent it is clear that msata acceleration is already disabled. Since operating system is installed in AHSI mode I suggest you to follow the steps given below since you are getting a Blue screen after installing IRST software.

  • Boot into OS in AHCI mode
  • Once the Windows Desktop Appears
  • Click Start, type Regedit
  • Right click Regedit and run as administrator

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV

Change REG DWORD Values of Start from (3) to (0)

  • Close Regedit
  • Restart
  • F2 – Go into bios
  • Change sata mode from  AHCI to Intel smart Response Technology
  • Save and exit
  • Reboot the system and system should boot into windows without BSOD. You can install the IRST software now and you should not get a Blue screen

If this does not resolve the issue, I suggest you to go into BIOS and change to IRST mode and then do fresh installation of the Operating system.

Thanks and Regards,                                             
Sujatha K
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dpopaj
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Re: bios key for array disks

Hej Sujatha,

I done everything you told me but still nothing.

And finally I try the last option, change to IRST mode and do fresh installationn of OS.

Step one: I boot OS from Dell Win7 DVD, then I click option install and took Custom installation.

In this option reguraly I should see 2 disks: SSD 29GB and HDD i think 931GB.,

But I see:

Disk 0    29,8GB

Disk 1    29,8GB

and nothing else. In AHCI is normal like I said before.

OK.

I know that disk1 is SSD and I can format it and delete it and put Win OS on it, but when I try to do the same with disk0,

I can do anything. ??

When I try to delete it it said "Error 8007045d".

Then I went into Command promt to see with DISKPART command what could I done.

When I put list volume I see just DVD/CD volume,

List disk: disk0  29,8GB

               disk1   29,8GB

No patritions..

Whatever I wont I can with disk1 but with disk0 nothing.

Maybe is this kind of problem why I can't do in IRST mode?

The strangest thing is that my hard wanished away in IRST mode? and where from is disk0 come and why I can't do nothing with it.

Thank you for your time,

Please contact me if you have some clu.

With respect,

Denis Poprzan

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dpopaj
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Re: bios key for array disks

Hi Sujatha,

Did you find some solution for my last problem?

Thanks.

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Hi dpopaj,

Sorry for the delay. I am still waiting for an update from the engineering team. Once I get an update, I will keep you posted.

 

Thanks and Regards,
DELL-Sujatha K
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Hi dpopaj,

I request you perform the below given steps once again, as we have tested with these steps and it has resolved the Issue:

  • Boot to Bios (F2)
  • Change Sata operation to AHCI
  • Save settings and Exit
  • As soon as the system boots up tap the F8 key to go into Advanced options
  • Choose option Repair my computer
  • Wait for 3 – 5 minutes on the black screen until the system shows up recovery options
  • On System Recovery option click next
  • On user name / password option click next (if password has been set for primary user please enter the right password)
  • On System Recovery Option screen ------> Select Command Prompt
  • At Command prompt type in Diskpart
  • Type LIST DISKà You should see 2 Disks listed like below
    • Note down the right DISK number for the next steps. On some systems Msata HDD would be either Disk 1 or Disk 0

DISK ###

Status

Size

Free

Dyn

GPT

DISK 0

Online

29 GB

19 GB

 

 

DISK 1

Online

465 GB

5091 MB

 

 

 

  • Type SELECT DISK 0(Whichever is msata drive)
    • It should say DISK 0 is selected
    • Type Clean
      • This should clean the msata HDD
      • Type OFFLINE Disk
        • This should make the Disk Offline

DISK ###

Status

Size

Free

Dyn

GPT

DISK 0

Offline

29 GB

19 GB

 

 

DISK 1

Online

465 GB

5091 MB

 

 

 

  • Type EXIT
  • RESTART
  • On Restart go into BIOS (F2) and change SATA back to Intel Smart Response Technology
  • Click save and exit  and Restart
  • Option Rom should pop up – Press Ctrl + I
  • Press R to disable acceleration and 6 to Exit
  • Boot into Windows Normally.

 Now reinstall IRST software from the link given below:

http://dell.to/SLRsH6

    1. Run the Intel RST software through the All Programs menu or the task bar icon.
    2. Click Enable acceleration under either the Status or Accelerate menu.

  1. Select the SSD to be used as a cache device.
  2. Select the size from the SSD to be allocated for the cache memory.

Note

Any remaining space on the SSD may be used for data storage using the simple data single-disk RAID 0 volume that is automatically created.

  1. Select the drive (or RAID volume) to be accelerated. It is highly recommended to accelerate the system volume or system disk for maximum performance.
  2. Select the acceleration mode. By default, Enhanced mode is selected.

Note

Enhanced mode: Acceleration is optimized for data protection.
Maximized mode: Acceleration is optimized for input/output performance.

  1. Click OK. The page refreshes and reports the new acceleration configuration in the Acceleration View. Your system is now successfully configured with the Intel Smart Response Technology.

In case you are getting any error message, please reply to this post with the detailed message or the screen shots of the error message.

Thanks and Regards,
DELL-Sujatha K
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
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