I'm actually surprised that almost a week has gone by and not a single answer in this thread.
Anyway, I've been in contact with ASRock support and they tested with a Kingston SSD without a problem and I tested myself with a WD Red 4 TB drive without any problems, leading to believe that it is in fact the 530 180GB SSD that is faulty.
I really hope that Intel is taking this seriously and tries to recreate my problem, as well as others.
I read the other thread about the DisplayPort bug and I'm hapy to see that Intel was able to reproduce the conditions. But if these drives really is super sensitive to power, maybe I should post some more info.
I'm using the Silverstone SFX ST45SF-G 450W PSU, live in Sweden so it's on 230v.
The 530 drive is connected directly to the PSU with the supplied cable and I'm also using one of the two 90 degrees SATA cables that comes with the ASRock card connected to the first SATA 3 port on the Intel controller of the motherboard.
Sorry for the delay in acknowledging your report.
I think I need to move this report to a new thread since it's not solved by the DC32 update and is not restricted to problems coming out of sleep.
I'm attempting to acquire an C2750D4I for testing.
I'm sure your drive is new, but it might help if you try doing a Secure Erase on your SSD and then retry the install.
You can find instructions for doing a Secure Erase using Linux here:
I'll update this thread when I can get my hands on a C2750D4l.
I put the drive in another machine and did the SSD Toolbox Full Diagnostics and it Passed.
But I couldn't do a Secure Erase because I'm on Win 8. I tried to boot Linux from a USB-drive but neither the mouse nor keyboard was working, so I couldn't do a Secure Erase.
I will try again in some different way...
While I was investigating the machine I tried to boot it with just the motherboard plugged in, but it failed. When I pressed the power button on the case, the fans spun up for a second then it turned off again. I suspect some sort of No Load Protection on the PSU being cause. So I plugged in 4 WD Red drives to the backplane of the case to give it some load, but it still wouldn't start.
The PSU, a Silverstone SFX ST45SF-G 450W is completely modular and specified to be able to run with 0 amps load. It have 2 x 6-pin connectors for SATA and Molex cables. The Molex one is connected to the backplane, feeding power to the storage drives, the SATA one is connected to the Intel SSD. It was impossible to get the system to power up without anything plugged in to the SATA power cable, wich doesn't make the PSU very modular! I have emailed Silverstone to ask them if this is expected behavior or if I should RMA the PSU.
Will keep you updated.
EDIT: Just got words back from Silverstone Support. They think I got a faulty PSU and they want me to RMA it. Will get back when I get the new PSU.
The problem with the drive not being seen with a restart is solved with the FW update from December. You can download that from here:
Let me know if that does not resolve your problem.
So I got a new PSU today. First I tested to start the server without any drives, just to make sure this PSU was working as expected, and it did. No Minimum Load Protection going in and overall voltage output from the PSU is just a notch higher than the faulty one.
So I proceeded by plugging in the 530 SSD and tried to install WS 2012 again, but I had no luck with it. Exactly the same behavior as before. The SSD isn't showing up in the WS installer and after exiting the installer the drive is gone from the system and Bios can't see it anymore.
Have you got your hands on a C2750D4I yet?
Help me Intel, you're my only hope!
As you can see, I've branched this off to a new discussion.
Do me a favor and try a secure erase using Linux if you can. You will need to download a bootable Linux image and then follow the instructions here:
Let me know if you can't do this and I'll try something else.
I finally got a Linux build that worked and I have now made a Secure Erase.
The drive was frozen when I started the procedure so I had to unplug the drive and plug it back in while the computer was running to make it "not frozen". After that everything went smooth.
However, I still got the same problem and the disk is still not showing up in WS 2012 R2 installer. It also disappears from Bios as before.
What to do next?
Great news ken-Intel,
I just want to give you some more clues so you can hopefully reproduce the problem faster. The SSD worked when I booted to Ubuntu to make the secure erase. So it is something in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials installer that makes the drive disappear from the system. If you don't have access to the install DVD, you can download the trial here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205288.aspx
Then I just copied the DVD over to a USB thumb drive as described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn293258.aspx
And then I booted from USB in UEFI mode.