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post #21 of 30
The Si RAID uses spicific SATA ports as do the nForce which are the prefered SATA ports. As I said before I belive the # 3&4 ports are for nForce but dont quote me on that. If the "No Device Detected" appears it would seem you have the drives pluged into the wrong set of SATA ports.
    
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yeah, take a look at the board layout in your mobo manual. in order for RAID to work you need to:
plug your drives into the correct SATA ports (there are 2 different RAID controllers and they each controll different ports, so you need to use nvidia ports if you want to use nvidia raid and sillicon image ports if you want to use that RAID. note- only the nvidia controller will work w/ SATA300mb/s drives)
in the BIOS you need to enable RAID and enable raid on the specific SATA ports you are using.
Next you need to enter the RAID utility and put your drives together in a RAID array.
now you can install windows and install the drivers you put on a disc.
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Solo,

Is the Nvidia raid driver better than the silicon image? Which one should I go with?

Will the nvidia raid work with my 2 180g western digital drives?
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Solo,

Is the Nvidia raid driver better than the silicon image? Which one should I go with?

Will the nvidia raid work with my 2 180g western digital drives?
I use the nv raid on my p5n board with no troubles...ports 1/2. I would use the nv raid instead of the sil.
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well there are pros and cons to both. the nvidia raid controller can handle SATA 300mb/s drives where the Sillicon image controller can only handle SATA150mb/x drives. I use the nvidia controller and have never had a problem.
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post #26 of 30
Had similar raid issue's when I first got the board up and running. Make sure you've activated NVRAID in the bios... Easy to miss. If you're set on using NVRAID, you might as well disable the other controller, since I'm sure you want the faster boot times. Also, another tricky bit... When you've striped both drives using the Media Shield BIOS, you need to go back into the BIOS before installing windows... For some reason, I couldn't get the NVRAID utility to make my striped drives bootable. After you stripe your drives, reboot and enter the BIOS, look for the HDD list, and make sure that your stripe is the first on the list, or the BIOS will not let you select it as a bootable drive. Silly, really. After all that, I installed and booted up windows painlessly on the stripe.
post #27 of 30
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Ok, I had it working just fine, os booted up and now this is what is happening.... I checked all the connections too. The error message is "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\\windows\\system32\\config\\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom.
Select r at the first screen to start repair."

I tried the repair function but it just takes me to a dos prompt.

I also still see the raid at starup showing as one big drive so that looks ok, but even when i use the windows cd to re-install, it doenst show any partitions at all.

Can you help?
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post #28 of 30
yeah, when you put your drives in a RAID config they'll show up as a single drive so that's right. I would try reformating your drives and do a complete reinstall of windows. A couple times I've had problems w/ a new windows install on a RAID configuration, but a reformat has cleared things up.
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post #29 of 30
It sounds like you got a corrupted file on install. Like soloz2 said...try a fresh start again. Don't forget to f6 again and reinstall drivers...and even install the files twice when you install them. There won't be any partitions showing until you make them during the install. Make a small section for windows and format the rest later.
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post #30 of 30
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Thanks Busa! I think I have it working just fine now. By the way , Solo mentioned that he installs the 2nd Nvidia driver that shows up first, and the one that shows up listed first, installs it second.

I didnt do that. I just installed them in the order they were listed on the driver disc. Do you think it matters. Solo said he had problems booting when he did it that way, but when installing them in the other order, he had no problems.

Kind of sucks as I just re-loaded all my software and stuff

What do you think?
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