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Help! Recovering win7 boot drive on SSD cache disk.

My PC config is as such:

- Windows 7 64bit, AsRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel i7-2600k CPU.

 

- Western Digital 1TB BLUE SATA III cached (os & data) on a 40GB Intel 320 SSD

It crashed with BSOD recently and when it boot, it goes to Windows Boot Manager (DOS screen), with an error: Windows failed to start....

 

File: \Boot\BCD

 

Status: 0xc000000f

 

Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

So I attempt to recover the system with Windows Recovery Disk, which does NOT find any Windows instance!

(I suspect it's because the Intel SRT windows drivers are not loaded at this point?)

At the system command prompt, the "C: Drive" is not found. So I can't use the tools like bootrec.exe to rebuilt my BCD.

Question are:

1) Are there anyway I can load the windows Intel SRT drivers at recovery?

2) How can I recover my boot sector in my case?

Incidently, I boot this PC with ubuntu linux o/s and can see the 1TB file system, however I discover that many of my files are missing at folder levels, especially all my folders in My Media (frequently accessed) are not found. Are they stored in the SSD cache? How can I "flush" them to the HDD now?

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Can you check the firmware level and the currrent reported capacity of your ssd?

Did you recently (August-2011) upgrade the firmware to the latest xxxx362 level?

Are you a victim of the so called "8MBbug"?

Please see: http://communities.intel.com/message/135752# 135752 http://communities.intel.com/message/135752# 135752

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As to why I can't see the "C Drive" at the recovery command prompt, is it due to the RAID setup between the SSD and the HDD? The BIOS can detect the RAID Volume as follows when it starts up:

 

 

Intel Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - 10.5.0.1034

 

 

RAID:

 

 

ID :1

 

Volume Nam: Volume_0000

 

Level: RAID0 (Cache)

 

Strip: 128KB

 

Size: 37.3GB

 

Status: Normal

 

Bootable: No

 

 

 

Physical Devices:

 

 

Port 0: WDC WD10EALX-009

 

Size: 931.5GB

 

Type: Non-RAID Disk

 

* Accelerated Disk

 

 

Port 1: INTEL SSDSA2Ct04

 

Size: 37.2GB

 

Type: Cache Disk(1)

 

 

 

What drivers can I load to allow me to view the RAID as a C Drive? Or is this the reason why I can't see it a command prompt?

 

 

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