Setting up existing Win7 install with Intel SRT caching


Sep 16, 2008
So I recently purchased a 120gb SSD that I intend on using with Intel's SRT. Computer bits are as in my signature.

I stick my HDD onto the Marvell SATA port, boot into Windows and install the RAID drivers, and that goes fine. Plop both HDD and SSD back onto the Intel ports and change from AHCI to RAID, and my computer sees no bootable volumes. Just "disk read error". Go into BIOS, and both drives are recognized in the UEFI, restart, both show up in the legacy Intel RAID config utility, but with no RAID volumes of course.

Now I messed around with RAID 0 years and years ago and I don't remember the details, but I'm pretty sure single hard drives can still be booted into while in RAID. Whether Windows loads or not is an entirely different matter, but they'll still show up as bootable drives.

Can someone share some insight?


[H]F Junkie
Jun 5, 2004
You can't simply switch from AHCI to RAID, but if it's just a driver problem, this may fix it:

Run that, reboot, enable RAID mode in BIOS, and then install the latest Intel RAID drivers.

I have used the software successfully in the past to switch from AHCI to RAID, though I haven't tried it in the past 1-2 years. I don't see why it wouldn't still work fine, though.


Limp Gawd
Aug 11, 2012
You have to be on the Intel chipset data plugs for it to work. And you have to clean install with raid enabled in bios. If you have a Gigabyte board you can do it without reinstalling windows.