So I have been attempting to figure out what is wrong with my attempt to upgrade my system with higher capacity ssds.
My mobo is an ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 with the 850 SouthBridge.
I had my system working A-OK and set up previously as:
SATA1: 80GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD RAID 0
SATA2: 80GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD RAID 0
SATA3: 2TB HDD RAID5
SATA4: 2TB HDD RAID5
SATA5: 2TB HDD RAID5
SATA6: Disc Drive
and I am now attempting to change out the 80gb ssds with new m500 480GB SSDs in RAID 0.
Since things aren't currently working, I'm testing out stuff with the following setup
SATA1: 480GB Crucial m500 SSD RAID 0
SATA2: 480GB Crucial m500 SSD RAID 0
SATA5: 1TB Windows 7 Bootable
SATA6: Disc Drive
Both the Windows installer with drivers via USB stick, and a separate copy of the Windows 7 OS running with drivers cannot see any of the crucial drives when the mobo has their SATA ports in RAID mode. Checking via RAID Xpert in the windows OS also shows nothing. RAID mode works with all the other drives, it's just the m500s that seem to not show up - it doesn't matter what RAID type, (0, 1, 5) and even setting them to just RAID Ready or even having none of them set up in the RAID utility at all won't make a difference.
The m500s DO show up when the SATA ports are in AHCI mode.
They also show up fine when using a Linux installer (but RAID also works fine, not just AHCI) - I installed Ubuntu as a test onto the two m500s in my RAID 0 LD and that worked just fine.
I have updated the BIOS to the latest from ASUS.
I have updated the firmware on the m500s to MU05
I have tried all versions of the AMD drivers from the ASUS site, as well as the latest from AMD's support site.
I have tried using a Windows 7 install disk, Windows 7 SP1 Install disk, and Windows 8 install disk.
Clonezilla sadly wont work to clone my working install from the single 1TB onto the RAID array as it sees them as separate disks.
Nothing has worked to get the drives to show up in Windows while the mobo's SATA controller is in RAID mode.
Does the m500 just plain not work with AMD's ghetto RAID drivers on windows? It seems rather sad that Linux works fine with zero effort while I've spent a whole two days trying everything under the sun to get this tragedy of a driver situation to work with Windows. Any help on figuring out this mess would be greatly appreciated.