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Problem installing Windows 7 onto Sabretooth X79 with two Corsair SSD's in RAID 0

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Hi all,

I've been encountering some issues installing Windows 7 onto a pair of Corsair SSD's on an Asus Sabretooth X79 motherboard.

Below is how far into installing Windows I've managed to get;

  • I have already configured the SATA ports to function in RAID mode (and not AHCI or IDE) via the BIOS.
  • I have held down Ctrl and 'I' just before the POST in order to configure the two SSD's into a RAID 0 array.
  • There are three additional SATA drives, 2 500GB HDD's and a DVDRW all set to be run as stand alone drives.
  • I am able to boot from the Windows 7 Pro x64 install CD (SP1 not bundled into the install disk).
  • After booting I then select my language and Keyboard layout.
  • After this a message box appears stating "Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. Etc..."

From running RAID in the past on a different computer I do recall that I need to install RAID drivers from a seperate disk. However, after seeing the message box and trying to install drivers from either a USB drive, or by inserting a CD with all the drivers from the Asus driver CD, or the Asus driver CD itself, it still says it cannot find any device drivers. I'm also not prompted to hit any of the 'F' keys to install drivers like I was in the past on a different computer. Is there something I'm missing here?

Please note, the two Corsair SSD's are brand new and have never been formatted in any way, could this contribute to the problem? Any help or input is much appreciated. I have only just gotten round to burning off a Windows 8.1 Pro x64 disk so will be trying this as well when I get home from my night shift in the morning.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 10/28/13 at 4:42pm
post #2 of 5
You have to create and configure the array in the BIOS before you install windows so that it's there when you do the install.

But, you can't create and configure the array until after you install the RAID drivers in windows.

Sounds like a paradox? Well, if you think about it it really isn't.

Set the BIOS to AHCI (otherwise i believe it will try to make an array out of ALL the drives).

At the beginning of the install choose to add drivers, add the raid drivers and then continue with the install. When the install finishes copying it's files, it will reboot. Interrupt that reboot, enter the BIOS and set the array that's now there (you installed the drivers!) as the boot device. Reboot and do the ALT-T (or whatever) key-press that gets you to the RAID array configuration program and configure the array as you want it.

Now you have:
A bootable windows install with the raid drivers installed (though it still has to finish)
A BIOS with a RAID array present (and set as the boot device)
A fully configured array.

One more reboot and the windows install will finish installing to the now present and configured array.
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Thanks, you get a cookie.

I didn't realise the install process could still work if you change a drive from being independant to being in RAID after the files are copied over. I thought doing so breaks the installation but in fairness have never actually tried it. I'll give your suggestion a go as it sounds like it should work.

From what I understand I need to do the following;

  • Boot into BIOS, set SATA ports from RAID to AHCI, save changes and reboot.
  • Boot with Windows DVD
  • Go through process when prompted to install RAID drivers
  • Let install process copy files and initiate and initate an automatic reboot
  • Interupt reboot by going into BIOS and set SATA ports from AHCI back to RAID
  • Save changes and reboot
  • Interupt boot a second time by hitting Ctrl + 'I' to configure the two SSD's into RAID 0
  • Save changes and reboot a final time
  • Let install process follow through.
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It's all about timing. Having what you need when you need it.
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I got Windows 8.1 installed in the end. This build has shown me truely how out of the loop I've been. Overclocking hasn't changed much at least, I'm up to 4.7Ghz without even trying so far. I'll try to find a higher stable clock later in the week when I'm off work.

I'm going to loiter the forums for a while and see what the crack is with the enthusiast industry now. Hell, I even lost track of what the latest version of 3Dmark is! Cheers again. smile.gif
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