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So I have a Biostar TH55B mobo and I would like to Raid 0 my two F3 1TB but I'm not sure if I can do it since I don't have any method of installing the Raid drivers. I dl-ed the drivers from the biostar site but the drivers require a floppy which I do not have. What are the Raid drivers for and are they necessary? Thanks!
    
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I haven't installed a RAID system in a while, but I think you need to have it available. Newer controllers and BIOSes might be able to do it on their own. When I installed RAID on my friend's rig a couple years ago, I just put the drivers on a USB drive and loaded them from there during Windows installation. You could give that a try first.
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the issue is, the installation files are meant for a floppy (i think) because they are
.cat .inf files.
    
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I think there should still be some way to execute the drivers via USB, if not... Lord help you...

This month's Maximum PC magazine has an autopsy of a Sony Floppy Drive in dedication of the floppy. This is because Sony is the only company still making the legacy component and they are ceasing production in a few months.
     
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the issue is, the installation files are meant for a floppy (i think) because they are
.cat .inf files.
Well, might as well try it, right?
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i guess i will. can't hurt to try eh? going to back up my files and popped the new hdd and try it. wish me good luck!
    
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I don't know how windows would handle it, but you should be able to set up a software RAID while installing the OS. It'll be the same performance as going through the RAID controller [as the RAID controller still relies on the CPU for the overhead] without having to worry about the RAID controller freaking out.
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i never install drivers given by mobo manufacturers. windows 7 usually installs the drivers i need. and i just update them from intel when installation has completed.
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i never install drivers given by mobo manufacturers. windows 7 usually installs the drivers i need. and i just update them from intel when installation has completed.
Well, if he wants to use the onboard raid controller, he needs the driver while installing the OS so the OS can recognize the array and handle it properly.

And I stand corrected. It seems that Windows does not support software RAID at all while installing. To install Windows to a RAID array requires a fakeRAID card of some flavor.

Thats a shame.
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are you installing XP?
    
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