I've had this HP ultrabook for just over a year now. When I first bought it I disabled intel rapid storage technology and did a fresh install of windows. After installing a clean copy I installed the intel rapid storage again and enabled acceleration.
All has been running great until today.
I think it might've had something to do with last night. I was using the laptop last night and the battery level got pretty low (like 10%), so I closed the lid and let it go to sleep.
Woke up in the morning and opened the lid and it had turned off during the night like I suspected. This has happened before. I had left my charger at work.
So I boot it up and start using it at work again, its working fine. I'm in the middle of doing coding in eclipse when I get a BSOD. Scared me, I haven't had one in a LONG time.
At first I figured it was eclipse. I rebooted, updated eclipse to the most recent version, rebooted again, then continued coding in the updated version of eclipse.
About 5 minutes in, I get the BSOD again. Now I'm pretty ******.
I read the BSOD message and it says something about iastora.sys and DIFF_NOT_EQUAL or some crap like that.
I google it and see that it is a common problem. One forum suggested updating rapid storage/drivers. So I did, and I rebooted....and got the same BSOD again.
So do some more googling, and another forum says to just disable RST completely. He said first step was to disable RAID in the bios. I go into my bios (InsydeH20 rev 3.7) and I can't find anything mentioning raid. I find a "Intel Rapid Start Technology" which is currently enabled, so I disable that. I save settings and continue to booting windows.
Once in windows, I go into the Rapid Storage Technology dashboard or w/e it is, and I disable acceleration. I see a little % counter that is counting up (it was rebuilding or something). Well, before it reached 100%...I got a BSOD AGAIN!
I attempt to reboot and now I'm really freaking out. After pushing the power button, I get a windows error recovery screen, but this time its different. My only options are "Launch Startup Repair (recommended)" and "Start Windows Normally". I click "Start Windows Normally" and get the "Starting Windows" loading screen. Right after that I get a very quick (don't have time to read it) BSOD, and then it reboots and I get a RST "Reconstructing cache metadata screen", and then it goes back to the same Error Recovery screen.
This time, I select "Launch Startup Repair". Only problem is, the OS / Partition Size / Location box is completely empty! I can't even do a restore/repair.
So now I'm totally lost. I'm posting this from an old desktop. Fortunately my critical files were on dropbox, but I would still like to try and get booted into windows and recover a few things that werent in dropbox.
Is there any way I can get back in? Even for a few minutes to grab some files?
TL;DR got a BSOD for iastora.sys so I disabled acceleration and got a BSOD in the middle of disabling. Now I am stuck in a BSOD boot loop and don't know what to do