I recently paired my 32gb Optane module with a secondary 8TB SATA HDD. While it worked fine during setup and first use, on reboot I lost both the Optane and HDD. I was able to navigate to BIOS and removed both from the Optane pair, but have lost all data on the HDD and now also the PC won't boot. I get a blue screen with the error of inaccessible boot device.
I am lost here and would really like to recover my data and not reformant and start over.
I should mention prior to pairing the drives I converted them all to GPT from MBR.
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I changed it from AHCI to Intel RST with Optane, however, it booted either way. Here is what I did:
1 - Conterted System drive (512GB Samsung 970 PRO m2) from MBR to GPT via Microsoft mbr2gpt tool. (sorry it wasnt EVO)
2- Converted the Data HDD from MBR to GPT (The 8TB) via EaseUS Partition Magic
3 - Changed BIOS to UEFI Boot and to Intel RST with Optane from AHCI.
4 - Booted into Windows 10 and installed SetupOptane. It rebooted the machine and then continued and allowed me to pick the Optane Module and SATA HDD (8TB)
5 - Ran a speedtest with the Samsung Magician software to see what the new optane boosted HDD would do. (Did Great BTW)
6 - Run the test from the userbenchmark site - and noticed it struggle with an External USB 3.0 HDD I have.
7 - Disconnected the External USB and rebooted. System rebooted to Windows 10 without the 8TB or the Optane visible.
8 - I have been in and out of bios trying to figure out the issue - Found the Intel Optane sub menu and removed both (Optane m2 and the 8TB HDD) from using the Optane speedup (This may have been a mistake)
9 - System rebooted and still didn't see the drives, however upon further inspection they are now listed as uninitialized and MBR according to the Windows Disk service.
10 - Frustrated I went thru bios again, changing back to AHCI., Intel RST, etc and changing m2 from SATA and PCIex and Auto, as well as X2 and X4 mode.
11 - Ended with windows now not booting and showing a blue screen with the "Boot Drive Inaccessible"
So now I am here.
Thank you for contacting Intel® SSD support group with your request for assistance with your Intel® Optane™ Memory Series (32GB, M.2 80mm PCIe 3.0, 20nm, 3D Xpoint™).
We have analyzed the posts in this forum and we have the following comments:
· As per data stored on your Samsung 970 PRO drive and your secondary 8GB data drive, please make sure you can get a full backup using the best of your capabilities and resources available to you.
· Intel® Optane™ Memory doesn’t accelerates NVMe drives
· Please find all details on Intel® Optane™ Memory requirements by going to this link: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000023994/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... please make sure your Windows* is version 1803 or later.
· Your Motherboard manufacturer ASUS*, has an user’s manual where you’ll be able to find details on the installation for your Intel® Optane™ Memory; please follow this link to download user’s manual: https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1151/ROG_MAXIMUS_X_HERO/E13645_ROG_MAXIMUS_X_HERO_UM_V2_WEB...
· To further illustrate the whole implementation process, please read on the following details and confirm the installation process is being made properly.
· To support system acceleration with Intel Optane Memory, your primary drive, must contain at least 5MB of continuous unallocated space at the end of the bootable drive. Intel Optane™ Memory needs the space to store configuration information and to successfully pair the accelerated drive with the memory module. Additional details on this link: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000023989/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m...
Please let us know if you might need further assistance.
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