Windows 11 won't boot after I suspended Bitlocker and reset the BIOS to default settings

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I have an ASUS M16 laptop equipped with two SSD drives. The first is a Lexar MN620 2TB where Windows 11 is installed, and the second is a Samsung Pro 980 with Ubuntu.Recently, I took the following actions:

- I suspended Bitlocker on the C: partition where Windows 11 is located.
- I couldn't suspend Bitlocker on the F: partition, which is my data drive, so I opted to add a password to it via Bitlocker options.
- After rebooting the laptop, I accessed the BIOS settings and chose to "restore default" options.
- Upon restarting, I was met with a blue screen indicating a boot error.

I've tried various recovery options, including using a Windows 10 installer USB. However, when I attempt to use diskpart from the CMD within the installer, it only seems to recognize the USB drive, not my internal SSDs. It appears I've made the situation complex by suspending Bitlocker on one partition and then restoring BIOS defaults. I've looked into multiple recovery solutions without success.

Can you advise on potential steps to recover my system or how to reinstall system when diskpart doesn't see the disk? I'd greatly appreciate any help.

On the bright side, I can see these two partitions from my Ubuntu system. However, I'm unsure why I can't view them from the Windows installer.

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After digging deeper into my UEFI BIOS settings, I found an option called VMD (Volume Management Device). VMD is designed for RAID configurations with NVMe SSDs, but I wasn't using any RAID setup. I decided to disable VMD, and to my surprise, upon rebooting, the system recognized my SSDs, and Windows booted up normally!

For anyone facing SSD detection or boot issues, especially if you've made changes in your BIOS, consider checking if you have the VMD option enabled in your BIOS. Disabling it might just do the trick.