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After switching to UEFI, BSOD every single time when I am in RAID mode for Intel RST

dvcphung

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Okay, so I have been constantly trying to fix this problem for over a week now, and I am in serious need of help. I'll give some information, perhaps that somebody can help me with this problem. First of all, these are the specs:

COMPUTER = M14XR2
BIOS = A10
CPU = i7-3610QM
RAM = 16GB
DISK 0 = 750GB HDD
DISK 1 = 32GB Caching SSD
GPU = Nvidia GT650m 2GB DDR5

I decided a couple weeks ago to re-install Windows 8 in UEFI, since it is far more superior than LEGACY. However, during the Windows setup, it told me that it was not possible to install Windows in UEFI, because my HDD/SDD were both MBR partitions. For Windows to install in UEFI, the partitions have to be formatted to GPT, so that's what I did. So after I formatted both disks to GPT (that moment I had no OS installed) with the help of a GParted Boot Disk, I then tried to install Windows 7/8, however when my SATA operation was in RAID mode, at the "clean install" during the setup where it prompts you to select the disk to install Windows, no drive showed up! As clueless as I was (since I had no OS to access the internet for help) I went into my BIOS and changed the SATA operation to AHCI, and that is when I was able to detect the drives, thus installing Windows! However, when I wanted to use Intel's Rapid Storage Technology, it required me to put the SSD back to RAID mode. When I went back into my BIOS, and changed it to RAID, I got a guaranteed BSOD every time I booted up. So I decided to format everything again, and install Windows from start whilst SATA operation was in RAID mode. After days of trial and error, and looking up information online, I downloaded the RAID Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver from Intel's site, and remember whenever I was in RAID mode, during the Windows setup I saw no drives? This time, I told setup to load up the new drivers I installed, and my drives showed up! I was so glad to be able to install Windows in RAID for the first time since I switched to UEFI! However, after installation, when I installed Intel's RST, I went back to receiving BSOD every single time I boot, and the OS is useless. Also whenever I install Windows in RAID mode, I have to have those RAID RST drivers with me ALL THE TIME, since it doesn't detect the drives. That should not occur EVERY time I try to install Windows. Also whenever I tried to "Refresh" Windows 8, I would receive this: "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." and whenever I tried to "Reset" Windows 8, I would see: "Unable to reset your PC. A Required partition is missing".

Does anybody know how to fix my laptop?
 

SWAT_Glock

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Do you have secure boot on? That could be the problem. I also installed Win 8 in UEFI mode and honestly it was just not worth the problems. I saw no gain in boot up time at all. I put it back to legacy and been running stable ever since.
 

dvcphung

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You converted all your disks from MBR to GPT than?! What problems did you experience? How is your setup/BIOS now?
 

SWAT_Glock

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You converted all your disks from MBR to GPT than?! What problems did you experience? How is your setup/BIOS now?

Yes, I converted my SSD to GTP and installed from a Win 8 Pro CD. It creates like 4 partitions when installing in UEFI mode. System was hanging intermittently during boot up and sometimes would not come out of sleep mode.

I put everything back to legacy in the BIOS, booted to Win 8 Pro on a USB stick and did a fresh install the old way.
 

dvcphung

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Which means you have to format all your hard disks to MBR again right? Because you can't install Win8 Legacy on GPT drives.
 

SWAT_Glock

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Which means you have to format all your hard disks to MBR again right? Because you can't install Win8 Legacy on GPT drives.

Correct, I chose advanced and deleted all the partitions, and created a new one.
 
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