?
Solved

Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Posted on 2015-02-04
7
Medium Priority
?
688 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hello! I just purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD and have been trying to PXE boot through my Windows Deployment Server to install Windows 7 Professional.  I have installed the SSD in my Dell T5600 Workstation and the drive itself is detected through BIOS. Raid controller is On and AHCI is set to ATA.

The boot image loads up fine, allows me to select which image I want to install, but when I get to the drive selection window, the SSD is not available as a selection. I wanted to see if anyone had seen this issue before and if they were aware of a possible solution. I'm thinking I need a specific set of drivers to inject but I'm not sure where I should be going for these. Thank you!
0
Comment
Question by:municenterit
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Dirk Mare
ID: 40589446
You mentioned that you enabled raid in the BIOS..

1. After doing this did you create a raid array.. Why did you enable RAID you did not metion you have more than one drive? Disable the RAID and try again.
2. If you are using RAID and you created the raid array in the raid BIOS.. Did you inject the raid controller drivers into the image or onto a flash drive.. To specify you are using a raid controller?

DirkMare
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40589534
SSD's should always be installed in AHCI, and not IDE mode. Otherwise you loose a lot of the performance advantages an SSD gives you. RAID on the other hand shouldn't be enabled, unless the disk controller is very strange and has no options for other settings.

You need the controller's drivers for Windows to recognize the disk.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
municenterit earned 0 total points
ID: 40589552
So I just disabled the Raid Controller, turned AHCI to ATA, used a new SATA cable and plugged it into the MOBO's SATA0 port after trying HDD0 and SATA1 port and it is now detecting properly.

I'm thinking that maybe there may have been an issue with the HDD0 port but I don't understand why BIOS was detecting it just fine yet the Windows Installer couldn't see it.

Thanks for the help guys. Have a good one!
0
Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Task Manager for Hyper-V provides critical information that allows you to monitor Hyper-V performance by displaying real-time views of CPU and memory at the individual VM-level, so you can quickly identify which VMs are using host resources.

 

Author Comment

by:municenterit
ID: 40590395
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for municenterit's comment #a40589552
Assisted answer: 250 points for Dirk Mare's comment #a40589446
Assisted answer: 250 points for rindi's comment #a40589534

for the following reason:

The physical change over resolved the issue but I don't know if it was, indeed, the best/only solution to this issue. The advice from the experts on the RAID configuration and AHCI settings definitely provided some good insight and will help others with similar issues.  

Also, from what I've seen working with these Dell's, they often come with the RAID controller enabled. Even with models that only have a single HDD.
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40589580
RAID and AHCI need the disk controller's drivers, as those aren't included in windows unless they are older controllers. You should still not use ATA or IDE mode, but rather AHCI SATA mode, or your SSD's won't perform as well as they should. You should be able to add the controller's drivers during the installation. It is very hard to add those drivers after the system was installed. So once you have installed using IDE mode you are stuck with that.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Dirk Mare
ID: 40590396
Please assign points as the correct info was provided..
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:municenterit
ID: 40600322
My question may not have been directly related to PXE booting as much as it was with the way the Dell hardware handles its SATA controllers. In this one scenario, a physical swap of the SATA cables resolved the detection issue.

I did end up switching to AHCI and the HDD still detected correctly.
0

Featured Post

Prepare for your VMware VCP6-DCV exam.

Josh Coen and Jason Langer have prepared the latest edition of VCP study guide. Both authors have been working in the IT field for more than a decade, and both hold VMware certifications. This 163-page guide covers all 10 of the exam blueprint sections.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How to update Firmware and Bios in Dell Equalogic PS6000 Arrays and Hard Disks firmware update.
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question