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    Server board S3420GPLC does not boot after enabling EFI optimized boot


      I am trying to setup 2 x WD2002FAEX 2TB drives in RAID 0 to run Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and install the Hyper V role so I can run multiple OS for server labs testing. I have previosly had it setup but it was slow and running out of drive space so I upgraded hard drives and want to setup RAID 0 for performance where I had RAID 1 before but I now want RAID 0.

      CPU Intel Xeon X3440

      RAM 16GB Kingston KVR1333D3D8R9S.

      Hard drives WD2002FAEX 2TB Black Edition

      RAID 0/1/10 Intel ESRT2 with embedded software RAID technologyll

      Matrix RAID for 0/1/10/5

      Happy to use the onboard RAID but I have a Silicon FG-SA3114 4 port RAID card I would prefer to use as it has more funtionality and reading a lot of posts people recommend hardware RAID.

      Anyway not using the card at the moment just want to resolve my issue.

      The hard drives are blank brand new no data as it's all backed up on backup drive.

      Both drives are connected to SATA ports 0 1.

      Boot into BIOS

      Setup RAID 0 and get total 3723.4GB.

      I understand this is the logical drive size of the RAID VD

      I want to convert the logical drive to GPT and boot using the EFI optimized boot option so I get the advertised disk space

      When I enable this in the BIOS save and reboot system does not boot.

      I get all the beep codes but no display. I end up having to use the clear CMOS jumper to get it back up.

      What am I doing wrong?

      Also when I enable the EFI optimized boot option I go to Advanced > Mass storage controller configuration and the RAID options are gone.

      Only see Enhanced, Compatability & AHCI option.

      Maybe what I am trying to acheive is impossible.

      In the meantime I will download latest BIOS firmware and see if this resolves issue.

      Please advise.

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