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    Z68 Smart Response Issue: Windows no longer boots if I enable Intel Smart Response (SSD Smart Caching) technology.

    sandals0sandals

      Hello there! I added a  32GB SSD to my system, and after I enable Intel Smart Response  technology and restart the computer, it does not boot into Windows until  I go into the RAID setup (CTRL+I) and disable the acceleration for my  main, accelerated, drive.

      I followed the directions for setting up Intel Smart Response to the letter. ( Found here: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dz68db/sb/intel_smart_response_technology_user_guide.pdf )

       

      That included setting my drive to RAID before installing Windows,  installing all of my drivers, I updated my motherboard BIOS, installed  the Smart Response Software, and then installed the SSD. The enabling of  Smart Response goes just fine, but for some reason I can't boot to  Windows after that! I get the good ol' "Insert System Disk" error.

       

      If I try to manually select a bootable drive, under Hard Drives  nothing is listed but the generic "Bootable Add-in Cards" option.

       

      Main hard drive is a 2TB Western Digital Black 64MB cache.

       

      Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 ( http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dz68db/sb/intel_smart_response_technology_user_guide.pdf )

       

      SSD is a Crucial 32GB Nova

       

      Solved: 

      I don't know how or why, but  I reinstalled the Intel Smart Response software (the same version as  what was installed, 10.5.0.1027 found here http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20023 under the file name STOR_Vista_Win7_10.5.0.1027_PV.exe ) and it started working normally.

       

      Here's  some other fishy stuff: When it didn't work, the POST screen that  showed the RAID information would read "In Sync" for the RAID status,  and where it listed the drives, it said "Disabled" or something similar  for my main drive, and "Cache Drive" for the SSD.

       

      Now, it says "Normal" for the RAID status, and "Non-RAID Drive" for my main (accelerated) drive, and "Cache Drive" for the SSD.

       

      In Windows, it shows that the acceleration is working normally in the software.

       

      I also received a reply from Gigabyte from a support ticket, and they directed me to install the newest version of IRST as well. So, if you are having a similar issue, my suggestion is to try the version 1027 of IRST.

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