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Hi, Dave.

 

I have a new HP750-170se, Intel core i7 quade processor, AMI Bios A0.07 (October 2015) running Windows 10 64 bit with a 512GB Sandisk SSD.   I purchased a second SSD, a Samsung 850 PRO 512GB, but have not yet installed it.    I want to RAID 1 my boot drive so I have protection in case of a drive failure.

 

I initially tried to install an Adaptec 6405e RAID card but it never got recognized in my BIOS (but my older HP with an AMD chip running Windows 7 recognized it in the BIOS at power on, so I know the card was good).  Adaptec couldn't figure out why the computer didn't recognize it and HP couldn't help with a third party card, so I went to Plan B - use the bult in RAID technology on my motherboard.

 

After much experimentation and not getting the right support from HP, I contacted corporate HQ and a case manager was assigned.  He got a higher level tech to help but we could still not get the BIOS to bring up the Intel RAID screen at power up.

 

Here's what we did -

 

 

1. Changed the BIOS SATA drive settings from AHCI to RAID and then Windows wouldn't load.  Went back to AHCI mode.

 

2. Use HP Recovery Manager to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology for HSW – Windows 10 64 Bit – FXN.  Then upgraded to the latest version of IRST from the Intel site (14.8.0.1042 ) and installed f6flpy manually into the Programfiles(x86) folder (it tried to put it in the Programfiles folder).

 

3. Found and followed your procedure to get the Windows10 drivers to load in Safe Mode and, after a regular reboot, the system came up in RAID mode and Windows Device Manager shows the disk controller as a RAID controller. 

 

However - CTRL-I has no effect during bootup.  But the IRST utility did come up in WIndows and seems to display the drive OK.

 

4.  Because I am not confidenrt that RAID will work, i didn't want ot install the expensive Samsung SSD yet.  Instead, I added an older 1 TB Western Digital 3 GB/second SATA drive (which was formatted to 750 GB earlier).  It was recognized by the IRST utility and I marked it available.  No option was displayed to mirror it to the SSD boot drive.

 

So my problem is that Ctrl-I does not bring up the Intel RAID screen at boot.  How do I make that happen and do I then reload my system image backup using the system recovery disk to create the RAID1 set? 

 

Is there something missing from this PC that will not allow RAID functionality?

 

Thank you for providing your detailed RAID posts for the community!  it made it possible for me to get this far.

 

Dan

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, Dave.

 

I still need help getting into the Intel BIOS Utility screen.   Hoping you can help.  Ctrl-I does not function at bootup. So I cannot create a RAID1 boot drive.

 

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I did create a RAID1 Non-Boot drive:

 

I have successfully created a RAID 1 data array using IRST and disconnected the SATA cable of one drive of the pair while copying data from C: IRST recognized the issue and put out a "Running in Degrade Mode" message.

 

I shut down, reattached the cable (to simulate replacing a failed drive. When I booted up and got into IRST, it had already started a rebuild operation.

 

From the minute I unplugged the SATA cable through rebuild, I was still able to successfully access the degraded RAID array.

 

The IRST technology works!

 

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Help, please, with getting my boot drive mirrored.

 

Thanks.

 

Dan

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