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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DooRules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 1:36am
There is a hotfix from Microsoft that allows W7 to have native NVMe drivers. Not sure if this would allow the OS install to see the drives and then make a bootable volume. Can't hurt to try me thinks...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990941
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I actually did follow that video. Issue is, they're installing Windows 10 and I'm installing Windows 7. There's an additional issue presenting that I can't get past, namely the "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" error. This prevents me from getting to the step where they install the RAID controller driver and I can't figure out how to get past it. I'm pretty sure I have the drivers I need, and they're on the USB I'm installing Windows from, but I can't get it to recognize them (or even see that they're there). 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote edesi56 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 12:40am
Suggest you follow the link DooRules sent me on June 5th:
 
NVMe installation using RAID is definitely convoluted and requires very specific steps, I found that video really helpful in understanding them.  I have not had a chance to try them myself as I'm away from my home office but hope to succeed myself this weekend.
Good Luck!
 
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I'm trying to install Windows 7 Pro onto a pair of Samsung 950 Pro drives in RAID 1. For the life of me, I cannot get past the "Missing Drivers" error. I have the latest Intel NVMe driver, though that doesn't do much good if I cant install the OS. The Windows installation picks up an Intel Rapid Storage RAID driver, from the ASRock CD, but fails to install it. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious here, but if anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. 

This is all taking place on an ASRock Z170 Extreme7+, with an i7 6700K. Thanks!
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Happy to help, hopefully you have it all sorted now.  Best of luck. Thumbs Up
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DooRules - Thanks for the quick response.   Have viewed video, which is great, and think I am doing everything right, most essentially using the very latest RAID floppy drivers from AsRock site.  Am currently on a business trip with only a laptop, will have another go at desktop as soon as I get home for the weekend and post results.  Have also received response from AsRock Tech Support advising essentially the same steps... Again, Thanks for the Help!
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this video may help..

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/samsung_950_pro_256gb_raid_review,10.html
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Parsec, your help and advice would be appreciated - I'm stumped - I've submitted a request to Tech Support through UEFI but have had no response from them.
I have a Z170 OC Formula on which I cannot get Windows 10 to install on a RAID0 array using Samsung Pro 950 512GB M.2 NVME drives.  Drives are in M2_1 and M2_2.  UEFI BIOS will recognize a single 950 Pro when both are installed, and seems willing to install Windows on it, but once I build both drives into a RAID0 array I hit a dead end.  I am able to build the array in the Intel Raid utility built into the UEFI: it can recognize both drives, it tells me the array is present and lists it as bootable, but once I go to the boot section of the UEFI I am not offered anything as a boot drive other than my DVD-ROM device.  As an aside, I had to wait several weeks to get my hands on the 950 Pro M.2 drives, so I had originally built the system on a pair of RAID 0 SanDisk 480GB SSDs plugged into Sata 3_4 and Sata 3_5.  I had no trouble building this array in the Intel UEFI and having it appear normally as a RAID_0 boot option in the boot screen.
Back to the original troubleshooting process I have been through:  I followed your instructions and created the RAID array, then booted W10 install from UEFI_USB, tried to load the F4Floppy drivers for Intel RAID and after a long delay am told I have no device on which to install the OS.  Just for giggles, I tried the process using a regular (non UEFI) USB boot, and got a little further, in which the F4 drivers load faster but then I am told i have no BOOTABLE device on which to load the OS.
So, I'm stumped.  Do you have any suggestions, or could this be an issue in which the Intel Raid firmware is not yet supporting NVME RAID?  I did find a thread in which a user of a Z170 extreme-7 seemed to be having the same issue until he installed BIOS 2.1, which also updated his Intel Management Engine Firmware.  I am currently on the latest release BIOS for Z170 OC FOrmula (1.90) but this BIOS did not update the IME Firmware to the same version (.80) that was referred to in the forum post i am referring to (I'm still on .66).  
Thanks and sorry if I am rambling in trying to provide as much background as possible.  You seem to have a fairly deep understanding of this cutting edge tech - any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote parsec Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 11:41pm
Originally posted by SparkFast SparkFast wrote:

Will either of these two methods work for the ASRock Extreme9? I have been desperately trying to install windows 10 onto my shiny new Intel 750 Series SSD, but at the first re-boot during the install, the PC boots to the UEFI USB Windows Installation Media and loads up the initial "do you want to install windows" screen all over again.




Yes either of the methods should work with an Intel 750 and Windows 10. I know of 750 owners that use them as OS drives. I just got a 750, but it is in my Z170 board PC now that uses a 950 Pro. I'll likely do a Win 10 installation on it anyway.

Are you talking about a Z97 Extreme9? If so, you'll need at least UEFI/BIOS version 1.60, and probably best to use 1.90.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote parsec Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 11:35pm
Windows 7 won't cooperate even with PCIe AHCI SSDs, depending upon how it is done. The EFI bootloader file is in the wrong folder. Yes that seems crazy but when I found that information and did the fix, it worked Ok. It's should be easy be it isn't, I've had success and failures for some reason.

Regardless, glad you got it working! Thumbs Up
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