02-16-2013 07:59 AM - edited 02-16-2013 08:04 AM
this is the first time that I am writing such a guide/tutorial/whatever you may call it – there are probably better ones, but though not being a total computer noob, it took me almost one week to get this pretty (now again) little beast running again. So hopefully this helps some others to avoid such stupid downtimes.
A brief overview on what has happened to my original win 7 Home Premium:
As some may know, this laptop is very well usable as a “Hackintosh” called Macbook clone. So that’s what I did. It turned out to be nice, but I wanted to go back to Windows after a while, using a clean W7 Pro installation to start over. Actually an easy task, format all drives, install Windows, be happy. Just as I had been doing this for years. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a real challenge. First, I couldn’t “see” my drives during installation (and thus not install), then I got random errors during installation aborting it at different points and finally rapid start and caching didn’t work. Every time I tried to activate them (after Win installation), it crashed my PC. I even found an (official Lenovo!) guide stating to install W7 on the SSD, which worked, but sucks due to space limitations. Oh and another very nice thing: The SSD showed up during WIN installation (but not the classical hard drive) stating it was about 60 GB. So as you can see, I have had a lot of different tries and errors. Why I didn’t use Lenovo Easy Recover? As said before, I erased all partitions…
Before we start: If you have a good Windows running on the Laptop, do yourself a favor and disconnect the RAID 0 disks using the Intel Rapid Storage Application before(!!!) proceeding. It will make things much easier. And don’t forget to get all you data on an external drive or something.
Ok, now let’s start.
1.) Prepare a USB Stick with the following driver
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=21730 (choose f6flpy-x64.zip If you’re running a
64-bit system (standard nowadays), take f6flpy-x86.zip if it is a 32-bit Windows, just download and copy them
into the stick’s root directory) and plug this stick in one of the left side USB ports.
2.) You’ll need Win 7 on either a DVD (plus external drive, for sure) or (bootable) USB stick
3.) Connect your drive/stick (with W7) to the right side USB port.
4.) Switch the computer on, immediately hit FN and F2. That will open the BIOS.
5.) In the BIOS, navigate to the very right section (“save and exit”) and navigate the cursor to “load setup defaults”.
Hit enter to approve.
6.) After that, go to the “boot” tab and disable UEFI-boot.
7.) Next, go one more tab to the left and set the controller setting to RAID (NOT AHCI or Compatible!!!).
8.) Navigate the cursor down to “Intel Rapid Start” and hit enter. A submenu will pop up-
9.) Disable the first entry in that window, that will make the rest be disabled as well.
10.) Navigate to the very right tab, this time hit save and exit.
11.) The PC restarts.
12.) Immediately hit FN and F12 to open the boot selection menu. Select to boot from your W7 DVD drive or USB
13.) Click yourself through the whole process of installing Windows 7 until the page comes up where you will have
to select where to install it.
14.) Click on “load drivers” and after a few seconds your downloaded driver should be there. Click ok to use them.
Please do this step even if you can see your drives (SSD Disk 0, 32 GB and HDD Disk 1, 465(<-?) GB) as you
would expect them – otherwise you’re very likely to get an error during the install process.
15.) Now erase all partitions on both drives and select the HDD as the drive to install W7 to – NOT THE SSD!!!!!
Seriously, don’t choose the SSD.
16.) Windows will probably say that some extra partitions are necessary and so on, click ok and install Windows.
17.) After the installation has finished and you see your Desktop, I suggest you to proceed with the next steps in the
following order to see as early as possible if you are on the right way.
18.) Install the Chipset driver, restart.
19.) Install the Intel Rapid Storage “driver” and check the box where it asks to additionally install the control center.
20.) Go into BIOS (FN and F2) and enable Intel Rapid Start (the one you disabled in Step 8 and 9)
21.) Boot into Windows.
22.) Click on the Windows button, type cmd and right klick on the cmd.exe, select to run it as Admin.
23.) Now you’ll create a hibernation partition on the SSD. (which by now should be completely empty as we’ve
deleted all partitions in step 15)
24.) In the command prompt that we have just opened, type: (without quotas, for sure)
26.) Install the Rapid Start driver. Reboot.
27.) Open the Intel Rapid Storage Application.
28.) Click on accelerate and approve the settings. Two RAID’s will be created. Reboot.
29.) Install the remaining drivers, have fun with Windows Update and that’s it!
Good luck to all of you… And hey Lenovo - wouldn't that have been your job after all these posts showing your costumers in trouble? Just my two cents...
If you want, you can now turn on UEFI-boot in BIOS.
PS: If, after installing all drivers, you happen to see one unknown device in your device manager – this one belongs to Lenovo Connect Software that came with your Laptop. (Updates FB, Email etc when PC is in sleep mode) If you install Lenovo Connect it’s going to be fine, however, I would not recommend it as it is said to use a lot of energy and cause some other problems. So just live with it, your PC is totally fine without it.
Kind regards from Shanghai
02-16-2013 08:53 AM
02-24-2013 11:52 PM
I have tried to format my U310 several times but still I only get failed, what I did is, I change mode to AHCI and Compatible to see what's the difference between that settings(both settings were tested or installed with Win7). I have erased the raid settings for the acceleration and cache, the installation went good. But the problem is some of the drivers would not install and I have noticed that booting get slow. I have search for answers via net, I am not sure if the solution I have found was right, I changed the disks to dynamic mode. Then, I formatted it again, now this time in raid mode, the partition table showed the two disks were from the last time did not pop out, I install the Win7, installation went fine, but the only driver that wont install is the Rapid Storage Technology, now the thing is I want to have the proper setting of my windows. Would your guides actually will work for my problem?
PS: How can I change the disks format into normal mode (not Dynamic mode)?
07-18-2013 01:28 PM
I have followed this guide religiously, however, when I reboot after step 28 (acceleration), I get the message "media test failure, check cable". Somehow, the HDD is not being accessed and the system does not boot (attempting to boot via network). Now I don't think it's a hardware issue - I can reinstall windows normally, the setup detects the HDD fine, it's listed in the BIOS as well...
Any ideas on what might be the cause of this?
07-19-2013 09:44 AM - edited 07-19-2013 09:45 AM
Seriously guys, I can't use my 3 days old laptop. Some help would be mostly appreciated. At this point, the network connection issue doesn't show up anymore, it's just a blank screen after reboot. I reinstall windows and do it all over again just to achieve the same result.
Now couple of things caught my attention: as I load the "6flpy-x64.zip" driver from step 14, I get a message saying I need to install signed drivers, because unsigned ones are likely to mess up the system.
Secondly, I could not find any Rapid Storage Technology drivers for Windows 7 (particularly for U310 model), so I use the Windows 8 ones (http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS031455), which seems a silly thing, yet I know of no alternatives.
Could it be any of these issues to cause my problem? Or smth else? Please help!
10-16-2013 12:25 AM
it the installation does not detect the drivers in the zip file just uncompress it and put the files on the pendrive.
11-11-2013 02:33 PM
11-11-2013 02:35 PM
07-19-2014 05:06 PM
Hi there, I followed the original steps however get the following message once I select the driver to install:
The [Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller (G:/iaStorAC.inf)] device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver.
Seems like I am using the wrong driver although I used the one specified in the above links. Additionally, I went on Lenova U310's driver install page to try the driver under the chipset colomn.
Could someone please help me out with the correct driver to use for the U310?