Recently we started buying DELL OptiPlex 7060 desktops and I ran into a situation where WinPE wouldn’t work properly as there was no IP address assignment and no C drive showing in the environment.
Fixing the missing NIC hardware was easy enough; however, the environment was still lacking a hard drive. These 7060 models come with SATA SSD drives and an Intel Rapid Storage Technology F6 controller.
Installing Intel drivers or DELL drivers didn’t work.
After many hours of trying different things, here’s the solution I found. In the BIOS, change the storage settings from RAID ON (DELL’s default setting) to AHCI…just that simple.
There are many interesting documents comparing AHCI and Raid On, I suggest you read them, but AHCI is newer technology and we decided to stick with this setting on our desktop devices.