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Do I need to make RAID driver disc for Windows 7

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I've just built a new system based on an ASUS P8z68 V Gen 3 mobo and set 2 of the HDDs as a RAID 1 array. However, reading the mobo manual, it seems to indicate that I can't now simply install Windows 7 (clean new install) directly onto this array (C Drive), but need to create a RAID driver disc for Windows on a USB stick on another computer...I don't remember doing this in the past...is this necessary. I don't get it...doesn't the compuet simply see the array as a single (C) drive?
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I've just built a new system based on an ASUS P8z68 V Gen 3 mobo and set 2 of the HDDs as a RAID 1 array. However, reading the mobo manual, it seems to indicate that I can't now simply install Windows 7 (clean new install) directly onto this array (C Drive), but need to create a RAID driver disc for Windows on a USB stick on another computer...I don't remember doing this in the past...is this necessary. I don't get it...doesn't the compuet simply see the array as a single (C) drive?

Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. Its very hard to say. I personally don't see why you would "need" a driver as I did not need one for my motherboard and they are very similar, although I have a a slightly newer version of Windows 7. Old install disks of Win7 are pickier as they have an older more generic disk reader, which can't physically see your raid.

The best way to find out is try and start installing Windows 7, when it asks if you want to Upgrade or do a Custom install, choose Custom, and see if you HardDrive Raid is there. If it is there, you can install all your Chipset drivers after Windows 7 is installed. If you see NO harddrives and they are all enabled in BIOS to be there, then you will need to put the RAID / AHCI Drivers on a USB and just point to the drivers first.
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