Read update first, before the garbled mess below please! Hey there all, it's been quite some time since I have been on the forum! Anyway, I have an AORUS X7 (gen 1) With upgraded RAM and storage. It has 32GB of Corsair RAM, and 2 1TB Samsung 840 EVO MSATA drives in RAID 0 as well as a 2.5" 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SATA drive. Other than that, the laptop is completely stock. Anyway, it had Windows 8.1 on it, along with Steam, and various other programs (you can fit a lot on 3TB of solid state). None of the files that I had on the computer were ciritical, or anything like that, so it's no great loss. However, the reason that I lost the RAID array (I think) is that I was goofing around with a USB drive that had a bootable Ubuntu image on it, and when it booted into the Ubuntu OS from the USB drive, there are a few options for what you would like to do. One of them is "Something Else" and from what I gather, that one is for creating new partitions, and things along those lines, since I didn't really want to go through deleting my old RAID array. I suppose that at this point, I should mention that I recently went to college, and I went across the US (from Washington State, to Washington DC) so I don't have any of the backups that I had made previously anywhere near me. I made the decision to simply install a new copy of Windows 8.1 PRO, since I had one anyway. I just really need to know if the method outlined here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3435649/how-install-windows-8-upgrade-on-empty-hard-drive/ is still an accurate way to install windows 8 (and presumably 8.1?) on a new, or reformatted hard drive. If anyone has any better ideas for how to do this, that would be awesoeme! Anyway, I should also say that in the BIOS, the two MSATA drives still show up, so I deleted the old (failed) RAID volume, and created a new one. Also of note, the SATA SSD showed up before I reset the RAID volume, but I haven't seen it in the BIOS since I updated the RAID volume. Is there a reason for that, or do I have a dead SSD in my laptop now? Anyway, lesson learned that I should really just create an entire separate partition for Linux/Ubuntu before I start actually trying to install it! The Ubuntu version was 13.04 LTS, if anyone is curious. I guess my main question here is, does anyone know of a way to better protect my drives, or should I just make sure to keep up on my backups? Thanks, Kevin P.S. I know, I'm amazing at getting myself into trouble spots with computers... Anyway, on the plus side, I have no classes for the next three days! Update: I have gotten the computer up and running, however, the 2.5" drive doesn't show up anywhere. It isn't in the BIOS, and I can't see it in the file explorer system in windows, or the disk management area. I have not disassembled the laptop to check the connection, but based on the fact that it was working about 5 hours ago, and I have not dropped, or otherwise roughly handled the laptop, I don't think that it is the physical connection. Any suggestions?