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MSI 890FXA GD65 and Raid 0 installation problem.

post #1 of 18
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I am trying to setup a Raid 0 config for the first time and I'm having lots of trouble.
I have the bios set up for Raid 0 (Press Ctrl-F to enter Raid Option Rom Utility and create Logical Drive) and am at the point of installing Win 7. As I start the process of installing the OS, I get an error telling me "A required CD/DVD device driver is missing".


I read that I need to install the Raid Drivers on my motherboard, that it has nothing to do with the DVD drive. I know the DVD drive worked before as I had no problem installing Win-7 without a Raid previously.

The MSI driver page for my 890FXA board says to install the driver with a floppy drive using the F6 key. I don't have a floppy drive. I burned the files to disk and tried to install them during the error warning of installing Win-7 but I cant get that to work. I dont have access to the Disk that came with the Mobo either.

Can I install the Raid Drivers into this mobo? The folder has an MSI installer package in it. If I install windows (not in raid) and then install this MSI package for raid support drivers in windows, is that only installing the drivers into the OS and NOT the Mobo?

I am completely lost as to what to do. Perhaps the 890FXA wont support Raid 0 with Win7 Pro?
Any help appreciated.

Board: MSI 890FXA GD-65
Bios: Version 18.9
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
PSU: Corsair TX 750 watt
VGA: PowerColor Radeon 6950
MEM: G-Skill DDR3 1333 CL 7-7-7-21
SSD: 2-Samsung 840 120 Gb
COOLER: Zalman air-cooled
OS: Windows 7 64bit Professional
post #2 of 18
To set up RAID0 you have to install the RAID driver at the beginning of the Windows install. There is no other way. Some motherboards support loading them from a USB thumb drive. If yours doesn't then it's a floppy drive (they're cheep, $10) if you have a floppy connector on your motherboard. If not then it's a USB floppy drive.

Set up the RAID in the BIOS.
Keypress into the RAID configuration facility (default settings will probably be OK for you).
Start the Windows Install disk.
Load the RAID driver.
Finish the install.
Be happy.

If the HDDs have had an OS on them before you may have to do a low lever reformat (FDisk them) or just use Fixboot and Fixmbr on them first (download from Microsoft).
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post #3 of 18
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Thanks for the reply Bill.
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Start the Windows Install disk.
Load the RAID driver.
Ya this is where I'm getting into problems.
I had to download the Raid Driver from the MSi website. It said to hit the F6 key to load the driver during the OS installation. I did find a PDF there that said I can use what ever medium to burn the drivers to. I unzipped the driver and burned to a CD.

As Windows is loading I hit the F6 key repeatedly but nothing happens until I get to the point of the error window telling me the DVD Device Driver is missing. What am I doing incorrectly?
post #4 of 18
get the chipset drivers directly from AMD site (13.1) select RAID
run install or extract the files. drivers are in the following folder

\AMD\Support\13-1_vista_win7_win8_32-64_raid\Packages\Drivers\SBDrv

copy that directory onto a fat32 formatted USB flash stick or floppy disk.
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Ok I will give that a shot tonight and report back tomorrow morning. Thanks for that Heuchler.
post #6 of 18
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OK so the only thing I can find on the AMD site that's version 13.1 is the Catalyst Software Suite. Is this the correct download?
I ll give that a shot anyway and see what happens.
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post #8 of 18
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Just found it, thanks
post #9 of 18
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HEY I cant believe it. It WORKED just like you said.

Now I have another problem, I get to the part of the windows installation where it says "Where do you want to install Windows?"
The only choice listed is of course Disk 1 Partition 1.
When I hit the next button, I get the error: Set was unable to create a new system partition.

How do you fix this?
post #10 of 18
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WAIT I solved that issue. I had to wait until Windows asked for the driver installation, then I plugged the usb drive in, installed the Raid Driver, then unplugged the usb drive. Plugging the usb drive in before starting was causing Windows to not use the partition.
Now it is installing as I type this.

Anyways, THANK YOU both for all help. I could not find the answer anywhere else. thumb.gif
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