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HDD mess, please help!

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 x64

    HDD mess, please help!

    I have a Z68 motherboard and have Windows 8.1 x64 installed on ACHI mode on an SSD.

    Now, I did the following:

    Changed in BIOS ACHI to RAID.
    Installed 2 4TB HDDs and configured them to RAID 1 via the Intel utility.

    Now, when I try to boot my PC from the SSD I get: "select a proper boot devide"

    The following are true:
    All the HDDs are correctly installed and cables are OK.
    Even when I tried changing RAID back to ACHI the SSD didn't boot.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    You might want to consult your mobo manual for the correct setup of RAID with mixing HDD's and a SSD. I know that some older mobo's don't allow this.

    Switching from AHCI to RAID and RIAD to AHCI requires a new OS install.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Hey thanks a lot!

    Let's make this simpler and forget and the HDDs.

    After removing ALL the HDDs expert the SSD, my system still doesn't boot!
    I switched from RAID to ACHI but still nothing?!

    Is there a way to do this without installing the OS again?

    My motherboard is ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    As your motherboard has a UEFI/BIOS firmware, try resetting the first boot device to Windows Boot Manager.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 x64

    I managed to solve this! I first changed from RAID back to ACHI and then used startup repair, I tried this Changing the ATA Drive setting in System Bios causes reboot loop on Windows 8 and worked!!!
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  6. #6

    Hey ShadowKillerZ, Glad you got it solved. Nice find btw...excellent link for others.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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