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So after hours of testing I was able to get my Rapid Storage to accelerate my HDD. Of the many things I tried, this one I found deep in some blog post.
The way I got things working.
- Install operating system - Reboot
- Update operating system - Reboot
- Install chipset drivers
- Install Rapid Storage Technology - Reboot
My OS install was standard. I did blow away the logical volumes to start fresh. No RAID arrays configured to this point. Keep in mind the SSD must have no partitions. I left my SSD in an uninitialized state. To do that you can use diskpart > select disk X > clean all.
So once the steps above are performed open up Rapid Storage, and then Disk Management. I had no acceleration options. I then shrank my system volume (C:\) by 1024MB. When I went back to Rapid Storage and press Rescan I can now accelerate the volume.
The next part is that I went back to extend the volume after acceleration was enabled.
Before Shrink: 1999844143104B = 1907199.99609375MB
After Shrink: 1998770401280B = 1906175.99609375MB
After Extend: 1999839948736B = 1907195.99603272MB
As you can see above there is 4MB missing after I enabled acceleration. I assume this is for storing RAID configuration data on each volume. I would like someone to confirm.
Going back to the error in the title of this post I still am unable to create a RAID volume in vBIOS when none exist. I get the same error even after blowing away my RAID config. However when Rapid Storage enabled acceleration I can now go into the BIOS and at least look at the disks. There is no create/modify/delete from the BIOS which would be nice to have.
Hopefully this information is useful to someone. I still would like to know what the error means. Let me know of any questions.