Laptop not booting from SSD

hayat.ibrahim20

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Randomly, for the first time, on my lenovo 710s Plus(13inch) I got the Blue Screen of Death error DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION and apparently this issue occurs because the iastor.sys driver, is not compatible with Windows 10. So I changed the storage controller from Intel Rapid Storage sata controller to Intel mobile express chipset sata controller which was the other driver already on my 3 week old laptop. However, after this the laptop would not boot! It just kept saying 'automatically attempting repairs'.



I then went into the BIOS and changed the SATA from RAID to AHCI and then the laptop would boot. But now the driver is just 'Standard NVM Express Controller'. I tried to reinstall the intel rapid stroage sata controller driver but then the laptop would not boot in RAID or AHCI! So I had to do a system restore and now the laptop seems to be working on AHCI and it has a boot loop on RAID.



My question is, should I put the laptop back on RAID (original factory setting) and after the boot loop should I reset the laptop to install a fresh copy of Win10 from recovery? Or should I leave it as it is now on AHCI with Microsoft Standard NVM Express Controller driver? Are there any disadvantages?



My SSD is a Samsung PM961 (samsung mzvlw512hmjp)



I need some help quickly before my 30 days returns period runs out. I really like the laptop but are there any problems with it?
 

marksavio

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man you sure are digging a deep hole for yourself there. you were wrong to change your storage controller like that to fix your DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error. most likely your SSD firmware/BIOS was out dated. or did you left out a story that you replaced the SSD in your new laptop? then after that, i tried to help alleviate the problem by letting Windows set the proper drivers for RAID in safemode and that didnt work coz i assumed you didnt delete your original volumes that came with the laptops SSD/your drivers werent there at all.

like i said, id rather you stay in AHCI mode over RAID. less headaches and more or less the same performance anyways. whats your reason for keeping RAID?

well anyways, your last fix attempt. try it again. this time you install the intel rapid storage controller before you restart. make sure you install all the lenovo drivers from your laptops support site necessary starting with your chipset.
 

marksavio

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you can try this trick. i belive the windows 10 can automatically "adjust" after the SATA mode is changed in the BIOS. but lets use safemode to be sure. this is assuming you didnt touch your RAID volume.

press winkey+r. type "msconfig". boot tab. check safeboot. minimal. ok. dont restart. shutdown.
go to BIOS. switch sATA mode to RAID. save & reset.
boots to safe mode. open msconfig. select normal. restart.
boots to normal mode.

but if the above even does work, i would prefer to stick with AHCI. you do have a SSD btw. and it will be easy to do a fresh install of windows without having to configure RAID 0 again.

 

hayat.ibrahim20

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I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work

I tried putting it back on raid mode and doing a fresh install from the recovery option after failed boot up but I get ‘there has been an error when resetting this pc’

What do I do now?
 

marksavio

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man you sure are digging a deep hole for yourself there. you were wrong to change your storage controller like that to fix your DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error. most likely your SSD firmware/BIOS was out dated. or did you left out a story that you replaced the SSD in your new laptop? then after that, i tried to help alleviate the problem by letting Windows set the proper drivers for RAID in safemode and that didnt work coz i assumed you didnt delete your original volumes that came with the laptops SSD/your drivers werent there at all.

like i said, id rather you stay in AHCI mode over RAID. less headaches and more or less the same performance anyways. whats your reason for keeping RAID?

well anyways, your last fix attempt. try it again. this time you install the intel rapid storage controller before you restart. make sure you install all the lenovo drivers from your laptops support site necessary starting with your chipset.
 
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