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I do have 4 drives now. The OS drive, another existing drive and two new drive for the RAID 0.




When I enable the RAID mode on the controller, I am able to go into the Intel RAID BIOS (CTRL-I) where I can build the RAID-0 onto my two new drives. That is working fine. I do leave alone my two others drives.

But as I said before, when I enable the RAID mode onto the controller, the OS wont simply boot because the driver is not installed. (that's what I think) And I cant install the driver onto the OS if the RAID mode is not enabled because it doesnt detect the hardware. It's a catch 22 situation.

There should be a way to define specific sata ports for raid. Your 2 other drives shouldn't even show up in the raid manager (Well.. atleast they don't on my board ), are you positive your onboard raid controller is only ALL or NONE? Even if you don't set them up for raid, they are still in "raid" mode instead of sata.

Also, vista already has 99.9% of drivers built-in so I don't think the driver is the issue.

I accidentally set my Sata DVD-RW in raid mode, even though I didn't touch it the drive would not work. I think thats whats happening here with your OS hard drive.
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Well the primary issue is that he has no array defined and the board is looking for a boot sector on an array. He needs to configure the array using crtl-I or whatever it is on his board first. When it goes into the raid bios he should be able to select which drives he wants in the array.
He already did that and built the array. The problem seems to be that Windows doesn't like thinking it's a RAID drive when it's not. Though, it really shouldn't matter since it's obviously NOT a RAID drive.
    
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He already did that and built the array. The problem seems to be that Windows doesn't like thinking it's a RAID drive when it's not. Though, it really shouldn't matter since it's obviously NOT a RAID drive.
No by the looks of it he has just enabled raid in the motherboard bios, there is a separate bios for the raid array you get into when you press ctrl-I or whatever key stroke it says to do that.
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Well the primary issue is that he has no array defined and the board is looking for a boot sector on an array. He needs to configure the array using crtl-I or whatever it is on his board first. When it goes into the raid bios he should be able to select which drives he wants in the array.
Dman, I have tried both. Enabled RAID and defined and array. no boot. My BIOs is definitely trying to boot on the right drive because I see the first boot screen of vista (the one with the green progress bar at the bottom), then it BSOD.
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Dman, I have tried both. Enabled RAID and defined and array. no boot. My BIOs is definitely trying to boot on the right drive because I see the first boot screen of vista (the one with the green progress bar at the bottom), then it BSOD.
Well if it BSODS it is booting heh. I've seen this before with onboard raid and windows, it doesn't not seem to like it when you switch the board to raid mode after the OS is installed. It usually BSODS and turning it back to ide emulation fixes it, haven't seen a fix for this yet other then reformatting, re-defining the array and then install windows. The other solution is a stand alone raid card.
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I just read through the manual and there is only one setting for RAID. I assume it will allow you to specify what drives are in the array with the RAID BIOS and leave the other alone.

If you are getting to the loading screen, it is trying to load and most likely an OS issue.
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Found the answer for you...and no you can't do it. Sorry.

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Many SATA controllers can enable AHCI either separately or in conjunction with RAID support. Intel recommends choosing RAID mode on their motherboards (which also enables AHCI) rather than the plain AHCI/SATA mode for maximum flexibility, due to the issues caused when the mode is switched once an operating system has already been installed.
Essentially, by installing your OS either as AHCI or IDE initially instead of RAID (even if you weren't using it as a RAID drive), you won't be able to switch over to RAID even if that drive isn't in RAID, it will cause a boot failure like you are seeing.
    
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Found the answer for you...and no you can't do it. Sorry.



Essentially, by installing your OS either as AHCI or IDE initially instead of RAID (even if you weren't using it as a RAID drive), you won't be able to switch over to RAID even if that drive isn't in RAID, it will cause a boot failure like you are seeing.
He could probably doing it if he bought a separate dedicated raid card.
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well obviously that would do it. Since the RAID would be controlled by a whole different controller.
    
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ok! well thanks all for your help! I think I am going to use software raid from Vista for now. It will not perform as fast as the onboard raid but it'll work at least.

+REP to all!

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