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    Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    Hi

    I am trying to dual boot Lubuntu on my new Dell 15R SE along with Windows 7. It has a 32GB cache drive that uses Intel Smart Response Technology. I managed to partition the drive using GParted on a live usb drive. Windows 7 is installed and I have Intel Smart Response Technology set up. For Intel Smart Response Technology to work it needs a RAID drive. In the BIOS the SATA Operation is: 'Intel Smart Response Technology'. The other options are 'ATA' and 'AHCI'. I have read that ATA will work but I would like to keep the Smart Response working. I have tried the alternate installation disc and it prompted me that it detected a RAID drive but did not show the drive at the partitioning step. Any ideas of how to get it working?

    Thanks

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    Re: Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    Just a thought, can I change the SATA Operation to ATA, install ubuntu and then change back to Intel Smart Response Technology? Will the grub installation be affected? Will Windows or Ubuntu be affected?

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    Re: Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    Actually AHCI is a better choice than ATA, but if it doesn't recognize the disk(s) correctly with ISRT, when you change it back I doubt it will recognize the ubuntu installation you made.

    On the other hand, the alternate installer (or the live cd too) does seem to detect that there is a type of raid, but I guess it doesn't have the drivers to understand it properly. It's not even a raid in the true meaning of the word because it combines smaller disk with a larger one, not identical disks.

    These machines seem to create issues for dual boot, I'm not sure what can you do about it.
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    Re: Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    Quote Originally Posted by darkod View Post
    Actually AHCI is a better choice than ATA, but if it doesn't recognize the disk(s) correctly with ISRT, when you change it back I doubt it will recognize the ubuntu installation you made.

    On the other hand, the alternate installer (or the live cd too) does seem to detect that there is a type of raid, but I guess it doesn't have the drivers to understand it properly. It's not even a raid in the true meaning of the word because it combines smaller disk with a larger one, not identical disks.

    These machines seem to create issues for dual boot, I'm not sure what can you do about it.
    Okay, thanks for your answer. I guess I will have to wait a while for this to get supported. The live USB will have to do for now.

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    Re: Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    I had the same issue. I recently bought a Lenovo ideapad u410, it has a 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD. Intel Smart Response and Intel Rapid Storage are pre installed and configured for Windows7.

    I have made it to install Ubuntu on it, but now my Windows is f#@!ed Up =)
    I removed the dmraid package within the Live-System and voila, Ubuntu recognizes the HDD. But I didn't make it that GRUB2 comes up at start. I put GRUB2 at MBR of my HDD and at the start of my ext4 partition, but only the windows bootmanager comes up. Because of this pre configured Intel stuff Windows boots from the SSD, when I tried to install GRUB2 on the SSD I got various errors. (Also Gparted shows the SSD as "unallocated"). I then knew nothing of the RAID Configuration.

    I started to immerse myself in the Intel Smart Respone and Intel Rapid Storage topic.
    It looks like dmraid is legacy (Just google "Intel Rapid Storage Technology Dualboot" and you'll find a pdf called Intel RST in Linux* )

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    Re: Installer not recognizing drive (Intel Smart Response Technology)

    I have found a solution.

    To get the Ubuntu live installer (normal version) to detect the drive, in the 'Try Ubuntu before Installing' option, open a terminal and try the commands on this page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ID#Load_dmraid. I think all that is needed is
    # modprobe dm_mod
    # dmraid -ay
    # ls -la /dev/mapper/
    Then you can open the installer in the Live session and install.

    You must also go back to Windows and open the 'Intel Rapid Storage Technology' application and go to the 'Accelerate' Tab. Disable acceleration (this will not lose any data but will automatically back up some data if you are using maximised option). Then you should be able to restart into GRUB. You may need to try reinstalling GRUB (Google it). If the GRUB screen is present then you can go back to Windows and re-enable acceleration in 'Intel Rapid Storage Technology'.

    Hope this works for everyone else.

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