OK, to make sure you're doing all the steps, do this:
1) First and foremost, make sure all connections, data and power, are seated fully. Plug the sata from each HDD into the sata ports, you can use other ports on the ICH8, but for simplicity plug them into sata1 and sata2.
2) Put in your P5B cd into a computer and get a fresh floppy ready. At the autoplay screen of the CD, click on the "make disk" tab, then click on ICH8 32 bit RAID/AHCI driver (unless you're using 64bit Windows, then click the 64bit one). The floppy will be made. Sounds like you've done this step right, assuming you clicked the ICH8 32 bit one
3) Boot into your bios, on the main tab, go to IDE Configuration. Make sure to select Configure SATA as option is set to RAID. If this is not set, it won't work. Also if this is not set, you won't see the screen where you press CTRL-I to enter the RAID config. This should come up after the main bios screen if you have the option enabled in the bios. If it's not, then you don't have it enabled.
4)You must create your RAID array before Windows will ever see it!
Before you boot from the XP to install, this step must be done
. ONLY after step 3, can you now press CTRL-I to enter the raid setup, when it prompts you to after the bios screen. Enter the utility with CTRL-I and create your RAID array. The array must be created before any partitioning or windows installing can be done. This step is essential, or your RAID will not
5)Now boot from the XP CD, press f6 at the correct time. After it prompts you, and you press S to specify a device, the list of possible drivers comes up. Make sure you select the correct driver from the list, I think it's called like ICH8 for desktop, or something. There will be a couple other ICH8 selections and even ICH7 stuff, so make sure you chose the right one. As long as it says ICH8 and desktop that's the one you want (unless laptop, then ICH8 for mobile).
This step trips people up sometimes
, depending on the board you have. It's because there are more
choices down the list, if
what you need isn't there on the screen already. Unfortunately, there's absolutely nothing to indicate there's more choices below (no scroll bar, arrows, etc.). If you don't actually hit the down key on your keyboard, you wouldn't even know there's more down there.
If you follow that procedure, windows should now see your RAID volume as one big drive for you to install on. Good luck
! Basically, you have to get into CTRL-I there, before this is ever going to work.
Single disk= Partition--->Format---->Install windows
RAID= Create array so the disks "know" they're supposed to work together--->Partition --->Format --->Install windows