Do not watch for a prompt; the responsiveness of your monitor may not allow you to see it in time to respond. Immediately after powering on (or after hard/soft reset), hold down the <CTRL> key and keep hitting the 'I' key over and over until the sequence is accepted and the RAID configuration interface is presented.
Please verify from Intel® Matrix if the RAID volume is active.
Thanks for your response. I tried this 8 times. Struck out 8 times. The normal boot process just continues on its merry way until windows starts.
Yes the volume is in its normal state. i.e. the RAID 1 array is fine.
First, in BIOS setup enable all USB legacy options, because RAID BIOS needs them to get input from USB keyboard. Also disconnect all usb hubs (including monitor or keyboard integrated) and plug the keyboard directly to BW USB ports of MB backpanel.
The keyboard I am using is connected to the PS/2 port on the MB, not a USB port.
First of all, regardless of the keyboard type you are using, enable USB legacy (anyway).
Second, I give same advice as before; the moment you power on or reset the machine, immediately start hitting <CTRL>-I over and over and over, fast as you can; do not wait for any prompts before doing so and do not stop until either it is accepted or the boot sequence begins (signalling too late).