Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20

Thread: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID




  1. #1
    Nebulocity is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    11

    Question GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Hello,

    First time poster, trying to get help with why my Z77X-UD5H isn't being cooperative with me creating a RAID 5 array.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2550k (stock)
    MB: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Rev. 1.0)
    Boot HDD: 1x Seagate Barracuda 1TB disk.
    RAID HDD: 3x Seagate Barracuda 1TB disks.
    OS: Windows 7 Professional

    Here is what has happened so far:

    - Installed Windows, got my OS and all the drivers updated.
    - Rebooted, went into UEFI Advanced BIOS, and set SATA Mode Selection to RAID (it was AHCI).
    - Created a RAID volume with the other 3 disks that I had (all the same model/capacity), set the Strip size to 64 KB as per the BIOS's suggestion (in the help window at the bottom of the screen).
    - After exiting from the RAID configuration screen, the screen was black (it didn't go back to the BIOS, like when you Save/Exit the BIOS and your machine goes back and then boots your OS).
    - I did a hard reboot, Windows started to load....and then the boot loop kicks in at the Windows splash screen.

    A few things I've tried:

    - Turned off the Gigabyte splash screen. When booting, all I see is "American Megatrends", NOTHING on the black screen other than that, then it shows the brief (.5 seconds) RAID configuration (to hit CTRL + I to enter the utility), goes back to "American Megatrends" for a split second, then goes to Windows splash...then reboots and loops.

    Because Windows doesn't load right, it WILL ask me (after the first reboot) if I would like to

    - Startup Repair: Gives me the loading bar while it loads up the necessary files, then reboots.
    - Start Normally: Starts to display the Windows splash logo, but freezes/reboots just prior to entering Windows.

    I've tried re-installing all of the drivers from Gigabyte's web site GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-UD5H (rev. 1.0).

    I've tried doing a repair with my Windows 7 disk.

    I've tried setting the SATA Mode Selection back to AHCI, but all it does then is boots normally, yet it only sees 3 drives and not the RAID volume.

    According to my manual, here is the setup for which drives are plugged into what SATA ports:

    Neither of these drives are actual SATA3 drives, at least I didn't see anything on the box about it. But SATA3 is backwards compatible so that shouldn't be an issue, right?

    DVD: SATA3 port 0
    Boot HDD: SATA3 port 1

    These are the drives that I want to use for RAID:

    HDD #1: SATA2 port 2
    HDD #2: SATA2 port 3
    HDD #3: SATA2 port 4

    According to the manual, those SATA2 ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.

    Should I be connecting them somewhere else? Or could I be installing the drivers wrong? As far as I could tell, it was just a "extract from compressed file that was downloaded, run the setup as administrator, reboot when asked, done".

    This is becoming a pain to set up. I would have just bought and crammed a 3TB drive in there for storage, but I've had too many disks end up with errors in the past to trust all of my data to just one.

    Please help?

    - Neb

  2. #2
    Chike is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Israel
    Posts
    6,531

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Windpws crash because you don't have the driver enabled/installed.
    If you knew you are going to have a RAID you should have installed windows with SATA set to RAID.
    You may still resolve the situation moving your boot drive to the marvel conroller(as it is configured now) and install the drivers in windows, and then move the system drive back to the intel ports. Do this without the RAID drives and build it again later.
    As for the RAID, I do not know about the untel conroller, but RAID 5 must be built, or at least a portion of it must be built before it can be used so maybe you shouldn't have force reboot. Consult the manual.

  3. #3
    Nebulocity is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    11

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Chike,

    Thank you for responding. I'm not too savvy on motherboards and the various chipsets (the whole "Marvell" thing, as well as whatever GSATA and mSATA are for, are completely new to me). I'm not sure what the difference between each of these chipsets are.

    Optical Drive is on SATA3_0, Boot drive is on SATA3_1 (Intel Z77 chipset)
    3x HDD planned for RAID 5 are on SATA_2, SATA_3, and SATA_4 (Intel Z77 chipset).

    Just so I understand correctly:
    - Move the boot drive to SATA_6 (on Marvell).
    - Re-install the RAID drivers (for both Intel and Marvell, I assume?)
    - Move the boot drive back to SATA_1.
    - Boot into RAID configurator, re-create the RAID volume.
    - Attempt to boot back into Windows.

    BTW, the manual says nothing after the creation of the boot drive. Is it normal to have to wait a while at a black screen with no input, as it "builds" the RAID array? I've never done this before, so I had no clue (and it didn't indicate so in the manual).
    Quoted from the bottom of page 87: "To exit the RAID BIOS utility, press <esc> or select 5. Exit in MAIN MENU. Now, you can proceed to install the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and operating system".

    I hadn't heard anything about installing the OS after the RAID setup until this point in time. Is this always the course of action when implementing RAID? Even in production environments for businesses, or machines that have been built for a good, long time (enough to make a reinstall a "pain in the butt")? I'll try your recommendations and post back (assuming I don't have to wipe the boot drive...in which case I'll have to spend another hour on the phone with MS to activate my Windows key).</esc>
    Last edited by Nebulocity; 04-22-2012 at 06:20 PM.

  4. #4
    Acebmxer's Avatar
    Acebmxer is offline Gigabyte Elite
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    New Jersey, United States
    Posts
    2,817

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    If you install windows in all controllers set to AHCI you have to stay with AHCI. Like Chike said if you knew you were setting up raid before installing windows you should have setup up the raid before hand and left it set to raid.

    Since you already have windows installed in AHCI mode you will need to do a couple of registry changes before you can switch to use Raid. Here are the changes you will need to make.

    Code:
    Go into the registry using regedit and change each of the "start" values in the registry keys below from 3 to 0 and this will allow you to change between the different modes by just changing the option in your bios each time you reboot.
    You may only see iaStorev and not iaStor or vise versa this is ok set either or both to 0.
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\pciide
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\msahci
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\iaStorV
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\iaStor
    Connect your drives in the following order. Sata3_0 boot drive (intel) Sata3_1 Optical drive (intel) Sata2_0-2 connect your hdds or raid 5. (intel)

    Only use the intel ports if you can try to avoid the marvell ports.
    Main Rig
    Gigabyte z87x-OC
    Haswell i7 4770k - 4.7Ghz @ 1.330v LLC Extreme (L310B492)
    G.Skill F3-1700CL9D-8GBXM DDR3-2133mhz 9-11-10-28 1.65v @ 2800mhz 12-14-14-35 1.7v
    Samsung Green 8GB 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US DDR3 1.3v 30nn @ 2200Mhz 11-11-11-32 1.60v
    Sapphire ATI HD 7970 3GB clocked 1200MHz @ 1.181v.
    HiS ATI HD 6950
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot Drive) on Intel sata3 controller port0
    Corsair Force GT 120 GB Sata3 SSD on Intel sata3 controller port1
    Samsung 320GB HD322GJ 7200 RPM 16M cache on Intel sata3 controller port2
    Sony Optiarc DVD-RW AD-7240S on Intel sata3 controller port5
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX PSU
    Swiftech MCP655-B Pump
    EK Supremacy Cpu Block
    Swiftech Mcres Micro Rev 2 Reservoir
    Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Radiator





  5. #5
    Chike is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Israel
    Posts
    6,531

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Yes GSATA 6/7/8 is the marvel chip, you can try the changes that Acebmxer posted instead.

    I did not said you had to set the RAID before installing the OS Nut had SATA in RAID mode (wihthout creating RAID) before installing it. You ,ay also need to install the pre-install drivers during the setup process if you did.

  6. #6
    Lsdmeasap's Avatar
    Lsdmeasap is offline GIGABYTE Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PCB Island
    Posts
    25,940

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Not 100% certain on this yet, but I know on X79 you can't just switch back and forth anymore, at least not with the old known methods.

    You'll probably need to do a clean install, in RAID mode, and then connect and build the RAID array after the OS install via control + I at Intel AHCI/RAID screen during bootup.

    It's it's own BIOS kind of thing you enter to build the array, and no it wont sit at a black screen. You may be able to move the current OS to the Marvell port as mentioned above, do it like this. On the Intel ports as you are now, install the Marvell drivers and tray (Full package). Then move to the Marvell ports in AHCI/RAID mode, then set the BIOS to RAID for the Intel and Marvell and boot to the OS. Then install the Intel RAID drivers and reboot back to the OS still on Marvell ports. Then shut down and move the OS drive over to the Intel port SATA3_0, all other drives to follow sequentially with CD/DVD on the LAST Intel port.

    If that does not allow you to boot, or fails to allow you to install the Intel drivers, you will need to do a clean install with the Intel RAID drivers on the Intel ports (OS on SATA3_0), CD/DVD always last port. The manual does show how to build arrays on both controllers, and you can either build the array post install or before - that does not matter, what does matter is that you have the controller you are wanting to have a RAID on set to RAID before you install the OS.

  7. #7
    Acebmxer's Avatar
    Acebmxer is offline Gigabyte Elite
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    New Jersey, United States
    Posts
    2,817

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    LSD X79 cant do the reg edits to switch back and forth from ACHI and raid?
    Main Rig
    Gigabyte z87x-OC
    Haswell i7 4770k - 4.7Ghz @ 1.330v LLC Extreme (L310B492)
    G.Skill F3-1700CL9D-8GBXM DDR3-2133mhz 9-11-10-28 1.65v @ 2800mhz 12-14-14-35 1.7v
    Samsung Green 8GB 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US DDR3 1.3v 30nn @ 2200Mhz 11-11-11-32 1.60v
    Sapphire ATI HD 7970 3GB clocked 1200MHz @ 1.181v.
    HiS ATI HD 6950
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot Drive) on Intel sata3 controller port0
    Corsair Force GT 120 GB Sata3 SSD on Intel sata3 controller port1
    Samsung 320GB HD322GJ 7200 RPM 16M cache on Intel sata3 controller port2
    Sony Optiarc DVD-RW AD-7240S on Intel sata3 controller port5
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX PSU
    Swiftech MCP655-B Pump
    EK Supremacy Cpu Block
    Swiftech Mcres Micro Rev 2 Reservoir
    Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Radiator





  8. #8
    Chike is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Israel
    Posts
    6,531

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    If that fails I'd go and try the methid I suggested before re-installing in RAID mode, The drivers for the marvel should be already installed, and if not can be installed before connecting the system disk to the marvel port.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    22

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Not 100% certain on this yet, but I know on X79 you can't just switch back and forth anymore, at least not with the old known methods.

    You'll probably need to do a clean install, in RAID mode, and then connect and build the RAID array after the OS install via control + I at Intel AHCI/RAID screen during bootup.

    It's it's own BIOS kind of thing you enter to build the array, and no it wont sit at a black screen. You may be able to move the current OS to the Marvell port as mentioned above, do it like this. On the Intel ports as you are now, install the Marvell drivers and tray (Full package). Then move to the Marvell ports in AHCI/RAID mode, then set the BIOS to RAID for the Intel and Marvell and boot to the OS. Then install the Intel RAID drivers and reboot back to the OS still on Marvell ports. Then shut down and move the OS drive over to the Intel port SATA3_0, all other drives to follow sequentially with CD/DVD on the LAST Intel port.

    If that does not allow you to boot, or fails to allow you to install the Intel drivers, you will need to do a clean install with the Intel RAID drivers on the Intel ports (OS on SATA3_0), CD/DVD always last port. The manual does show how to build arrays on both controllers, and you can either build the array post install or before - that does not matter, what does matter is that you have the controller you are wanting to have a RAID on set to RAID before you install the OS.
    ^^ this ,just do do a clean install and get it over with (do it right this time )
    i7 3770K@4.7 GA-Z77X-UD5H
    8Gb Team Xtreem TXD38192M2400HC9NDC-L

    KingstonHyperX/1TB Hitachi/ADATA cache
    GTX570(972/2300)Corsair HX850W,
    Lite-On 24X,Win 7X64bit,TT Spedo





  10. #10
    Nebulocity is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    11

    Default Re: GA-Z77X-UD5H: Boot loop after configuring RAID

    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand411 View Post
    ^^ this ,just do do a clean install and get it over with (do it right this time )
    Truer words have never been spoken by the community

    I tried doing the Controller Dance of Doom, to no affect. I set the SATA Mode Selection to RAID (loaded the "Preinstall" drivers for Intel and Marvell on the USB drive that came with my PSU), and installed those during the Windows installation.

    Intel Rapid Storage Technology shows all of my 1 TB disks of 932 GB disks...which is a bit shady. Is this "normal" to have that much not showing up per disk? I thought it may be something to do with the RAID's parity/strip storage location, but my boot drive is only showing 932 GB as well. In the past, of course I've seen capacity loss...just not 68 GB from each 1 TB disk...seems a bit much. Thoughts?

    My last question (hopefully), is this:

    In Windows Disk Management, I see the 1.8 TB RAID volume. It's unallocated, of course, but when I right-click it to format the drive, I get these options:


    • New Simple Volume
    • New Spanned Volume
    • New Striped Volume
    • New Mirrored Volume
    • New RAID 5 Volume (greyed out)


    Since I already have the RAID 5 volume created, which of these should I select? RAID 5 isn't mirrored, it's striped with parity...but Windows wouldn't know about that, right? Since it's controlled by the motherboard's chipset rather than Windows "Dynamic Disk" version of RAID?

    I don't want to format/create a volume that's the wrong type and screw things up, and I don't want to "double up" with hardware RAID and software RAID.

    Thanks everyone!

    (also, as to the "why didn't I do this before installing" - I didn't know, honestly. I didn't plan on setting up RAID until I realized I had a bunch of drives to stash in the NZXT Switch 810 case I bought, and figured "what the hell, might as well").

    Lesson = learned!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •