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Z77 Mpower + bios 17.3 + RAID = cannot boot on SATA !
« on: 04-October-12, 10:33:34 »


I just have updated the bios to the 17.3 version (7751vH3) and I'm not able to boot on any sata drive connected. My initial setup was a samsung 830 SSD connected on port 0 and 3 WD Caviar "Green" HDD connected on port 2, 3, and 4. Once I updated the bios (and Intel ME), the post boot raid setup disappear (ok we can find it directly in the bios...)  and the samsung SSD, which was not in any RAID setup was not recognized anymore. Putting back in ahci mode will allow me to boot on the SDD, but of course without my raid5 setup.

Unfortunately, I even cannot use any raid(0-1-5) scenario (even without the SSD) as it seems that windows installation (once the intel raid driver installed) won't recognize it as a bootable device, preventing me to install it.

Am I the only one experiencing this ? I believed that a SSD + 2*RAID0 HDD is not so uncommon, or did I something wrong ?

Thanks for your help ;-)

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Re: Z77 Mpower + bios 17.3 + RAID = cannot boot on SATA !
« Reply #1 on: 04-October-12, 11:39:07 »

Recommend to switch to BIOS chip B and see if everything is able to be set up again as before the flash. Flash the A chip back to the original one or the newest Beta listed here;

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Re: Z77 Mpower + bios 17.3 + RAID = cannot boot on SATA !
« Reply #2 on: 04-October-12, 14:04:15 »

Also, that is a new product and there are a ton of beta bios:

Make sure to use the forum flash tool.

Since you have multi bios, try to flash with out switching the bios. If it doesn't work see:

You have a true hardware switch on that board follow the directions for the z77a-gd80 &x58 ( I need to add the mpower)
Board MSI Z77 Mpower
Bios: Latest Official
PSU:  Corsair GS700
Intel Core I7-3770K
MEM: Corsair 2133 2x4gb CL: 9 Dominator Platinum
COOLER: Zalman 9900
OC: (Turbo)4.5Gh
Ram: 2133Mhz 1.55v
CL 9

Board: X79A-GD65 (8D)
Bios: 4.6
CPU: Intel 3930k Hexa-Core
Ram: Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4gb 2133 CL:9
Vid: GTX 780TI 3GB in SLI
PSU: Corsair AX1200I
Cooler: Corsair 80I
SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB SSD
Startech Raid Controller Card
HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
HDD: 2x Seagate 1tb 7200 in Raid 0
OS: Win 8.1 Pro in UEFI mode
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Corsair H-100I Cooler


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Re: Z77 Mpower + bios 17.3 + RAID = cannot boot on SATA !
« Reply #3 on: 08-October-12, 16:29:11 »

Hi, YEs I finally used the H44 beta bios and everything is working fine now...

It seems that you must use UEFI mode to boot and install windows using RAID mode with 17.3 official release (that's what technical support told me...)

Anyway, thanks for the help
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