Hello, I am experiencing a periodic desktop computer boot-up issue (pre-Win7 stage, hence the post in the hardware forum) that is somewhat challenging for me to debug. Perhaps someone here has some ideas?
The computer is a recertified Dell XPS 8300, Intel Core i7 running Windows 7 Home Premium x64. BIOS is current. I replaced the main system hard drive with an Intel 120DB SSD, a 320 series model, and I added a RAID card for the two 1TB data drives. As of now I am running RAID 1 for these drives.
About one out of every three boots, the SSD system drive apparently is not detected and the boot fails after the BIOS completes. I have checked power connections and SATA cabling to the SSD by disconnecting and reconnecting to ensure proper connection, but have stopped short of pursuing a replacement for the new SSD, as the Intel diagnostics utility (for when Windows is up) does not seem to indicate any anomalies.
I suppose another concern may be the motherboard itself, and given this computer is under warranty I may look into replacing that, too, but before I do what other debugging options could I try to narrow down the cause?