I think I had experienced this before, but I don't remember the exact cause... Can you try to first disable EFI Optimized Boot and press Ctrl-G to launch RAID BIOS Console, and then clear the configuration?
I can manage to clear the raid configuration but it doesn't solve my problem.
To have win7 x64 installed on GPT partition I must have teh EFI optimized enabled.
I'm looking forward for other suggestions.
The reason I asked you to clear the configuration is that you mentioned the server can boot up when no HDDs are connected. So I thought maybe some incorrect configuration on the hard drives is preventing the system from booting up.
Another question, do you really need to install the OS on a VD larger than 2TB? Can you create a small VD (like 100GB) and install OS on it, and then create a second VD using the remaining capacity to store your data? So that you don't have to enable EFI optimized boot.
Thanks for the workaround solution Edward, but is not what I need. I need one gpt bootable volume larger than 2Tb.
Your issue is with the raid controller firmware, sadly it sucks. Downgrading your firmware will get your past this issue, however it has not solved my problem. I am experiencing some kind of corruption that is preventing windows from booting (after x number of reboots after a successful GPT install), it's the driver or firmware or some combination there of is to blame I believe. I am filing out escalation forms (why does this feel like im doing intel's job) maybe if we are lucky someone will finally start looking at this problem and see if LSI has any more firmware we can test for them...