Question Intel Optane Memory / HDD Problem

May 30, 2020
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Hi, I’m super new to all of this so please bear with my confusion about basic things. I’ve had this computer for about three years now, and I’ve never had any issues with it. Recently we had a power outage for a second while I was using the PC and it had trouble turning on. It got stuck in a “Preparing Automatic Repair” boot loop, after which it just turned off, it never took me to the blue screen where I could access advanced options. I could only access my UEFI, and after messing around with the settings there I finally managed to get it to boot again but the problem now is with my HDD and Intel Optane. when I set SATA mode to “intel RST with Optane”, the system does not read my HDD at all, just my SSD (From which Windows boots from) but when I change it to AHCI though, both my SSD and HDD drives show up fine, but Intel Optane Memory does not work at all. I didn't make any major changes to the hardware besides removing and putting back the battery on the motherboard to reset the CSM and unplugging and replugging SATA cables. Also, when I reset to default settings on UEFI, it changes it to AHCI but Intel Optane still doesn't work. How do I get it back to normal? With both drives and Intel Optane working smoothly?

Specs:
CPU: Intel(R) Core™ Processor i7-8700K 3.70GHZ 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1151 (Coffee Lake)

256GB WD Black Series PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4/3000MHz Memory Module
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-Z370 HD3 ATX, USB 3.1, 3 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 6 SATA3, 1 M.2 SATA/PCIe
 

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