SSD and HDD Undetected

I had several blue screen issues with my newly built pc, so i deducted the issue was with windows due to so many different errors. I attempted to uninstall it and it wouldn't let me even do that. I went through countless different process to attempt to get it to work, including formatting everything.

Now the issue is when I turn my pc on I get a no raid volume defined error. So i attempt to setup a RAID in Ctrl+I Intel RST and both the disks are grayed out(Crucial 250 ssd and WD 1tb). Also neither of the drives are detected in BIOS. However botg drives are detected in my windows installation but it i'm unable to even install a new windows because i get an error around 94% of the way through.
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  1. Using RAID on a 250GB SSD and 1TB HDD makes no sense. Disconnect the HDD and do a clean install to the SSD with the bios SATA mode set to AHCI. Select custom install, and as a first step delete all partitions on the SSD and install to the remaining single unpartitioned space. Once Windows is installed, then attach the HDD.
  2. How do i delete all the partitions?
  3. Hey there, rushman7!

    RealBeast is right, the RAID 0 doesn't make sense. RAID configurations are built with identical drives.
    I'd suggest to start from scratch and in order to avoid additional confusion of whole process. Your best setup would be the SSD as a boot drive and the 1 TB HDD as a secondary storage drive.
    You should be able to format both drives using Disk Management, while there you can simply delete all the partitions by right-clicking on the disk itself.
    Check these links for steps on how to setup your SSD and HDD:
    http://www.overclock.net/t/664738/how-to-setup-ssd-boot-drive-with-secondary-hard-disc-optimization
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-2060580/install-ssd.html

    Let me know if you need further assistance!
    Hope this helps you and Happy Holidays! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
  4. Thanks guys, i'll try to do it after christmas and post the results!
  5. rushman7 said:
    How do i delete all the partitions?
    At the beginning of the install process you select custom install (and have only the SSD attached), the first window you get after the custom selection is all the partitions. Simply highlight and delete them one at a time until there is only a single unpartitioned space left and select that to install -- Windows will do the format for you on install.
  6. Okay so i did everything as instructed, and attempted the windows 8.1 install which resulted in a blue screen error. As a failsafe i tried install my old win 7 disk to no avail, blue screen.

    Could it be that my SSD isnt working?
  7. rushman7 said:
    Okay so i did everything as instructed, and attempted the windows 8.1 install which resulted in a blue screen error. As a failsafe i tried install my old win 7 disk to no avail, blue screen.

    Could it be that my SSD isnt working?

    Merry Christmas, rushman7!

    This is very unfortunate! :( It is possible that there might be something wrong with the SSD, but why wouldn't the HDD get detected then. There's some other things you could try to troubleshoot the issue.
    You should check your motherboard manufacturer's website for any updates on the BIOS/chipset drivers.
    And you can also try to reset the BIOS yourself, here's a link that shows you 3 ways how to do it: http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-Your-BIOS

    Try this and let us know how it goes! Hope this helps you!
    Happy Holidays! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
  8. When i was messing around with the origin settings on trying to fix things i was trying to install win 8.1 on the HDD as well which was also a bluescreen. I think- the disk may be corrupted and or it may have corrupted both my drives.
  9. rushman7 said:
    When i was messing around with the origin settings on trying to fix things i was trying to install win 8.1 on the HDD as well which was also a bluescreen. I think- the disk may be corrupted and or it may have corrupted both my drives.


    It is possible that the OS installation itself is corrupted, indeed.
    You should contact MS tech support and let them know about the issues you've been encountering with the installation.
    As for the SSD and HDD, after a fresh install of another OS version, they should be reformatted and good to go.
    If you still have any doubts, you can test the HDD with Data LifeGuard Diagnostics tool to check the drive's health status: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=ZV3fxX

    Good luck! Hope I was helpful! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
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