This will be my first post on this forum. Having said that, please forgive any bluntness, ignorance, or failure to conform with community protocol.
So, first of all, this whole conundrum was caused by my inability to control my curiosity- I bought a 17"Acer Predator a few months back. It functioned flawlessly however upon startup I always got a message from IRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) prompting me to initiate a procedure that would "free up space" on my drives.
After finally clicking yes yesterday, IRST started a "migrating" process in order to create a new RAID volume/ sync my drives in parallel? It took about an hour (with no option to cancel once initiated), then upon completion, I could no longer see or access my 1TB SSD (D: Drive). I freaked out and after doing some research online, this loophole seemed to be a common problem on Dell and Acer laptops from this stupid Intel App. (Or stupid users like me who don't always know what they're getting into).
I tried to change/revert back through the intel app as well as windows disk management to no avail. There was no options to change anything back even as Administrator.
Interestingly enough I found a rather exact solution on this forum to restore my D: drive (1TB Samsung SSD). The post I referenced is here:
I downloaded TestDisk and began down the trail of DOS investigation. I uncovered a missing partition and restored it to "P" as per the directions. Once all of the Drives were highlighted green after assigning the type, I proceeded to write the disk(s). Now, because the images on this old post were not displayed due to photobucket's updated 3rd party policy, I had only the description of what forum member Jerry said (could not view the screenshots he referenced). In a haphazard blunder, it appears I changed all of the drives to type "P", without leaving a primary boot drive indicated by the asterisk (*) prefix. Now after writing this to disks, my laptop is bricked upon startup and only displays "No Bootable Device" in big white letters with a black background.
Now I have dug myself into an even deeper hole rendering my newly acquired $2000 Laptop completely and utterly useless-I'm literally nauseated with frustration and anxiety. I have tried changing every BIOS option under the sun, only to no avail. Factory reset/default options make no difference either. After searching, it appears the next logical step to remedy my stupidity is to acquire a windows 10 boot USB or boot CD in order to re-install/repair the missing files/partitions. However, before I go down this road and risk a potentially worse situation, I would be very appreciative of any and all advice before I proceed. Or maybe there's something else I can do without re-install? Thank you so much for any and all help ahead of time...I've really gotten myself into a bind here and would prefer to hear the recommended course of action from someone who actually knows (rather than drop my laptop off with the clowns at GeekSquad and risk losing all my data).
Thanks for taking the time to read, if you need more info from me please let me know and I will get back to you in a semi-prompt manor. I am using my work computer to type this and have my cell for e-mail notifications.
-Daniel VanSchaik (dvsdanny6)