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How can I enable RAID 0 while my O/S is already installed? I want to RAID 2 of my same hardrive's which are 250GB each into RAID 0, but when I enable this, Windows 7 goes into a reboot loop until I re-enable AHCI mode.

Is it possible to copy the RAID driver's somewhere so that Windows 7 will stop going into a reboot loop?

atm I'm using RAID 0 software mode and reading some of the other thread's, everyone disaproves of it lol.

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Here's what I would do. If one of the 2 drives I wanted to RAID was already my boot drive, I would image that drive and apply that image to another hard drive. Doesn't matter which one. Reboot and make sure the other drive is working just fine with the new image. Then, build your RAID array like you have before (just be sure to wipe out windows on it so you are booting from the other drive). Once up and running in Windows, and you are able to access your RAID array, apply the image to the raid array. Unplug the current boot drive and restart. It should boot up just fine off the Raid Array now.

If your current boot drive is not one of the 2 drives you want to RAID, then you can just take the image and apply it directly to the raid array. Shut down, unplug the boot drive, fire it all back up and watch it work.

For drive imaging, use Reflect - it's free. http://www.macrium.com/
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My boot drive comes off my 60GB SSD drive, but as soon as I enable RAID in the BIOS, Windows 7 just goes into a reboot loop until AHCI mode is enabled, I think it's a driver problem
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you have to go in the bios and set the controller(settings) to raid,then you have to set the raid array up after bios post screen.then install or clone your os from the other hdd to the new raid array.
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Oh, I see. You want the RAID array for storage, and not boot? Sorry I misunderstood you. I had the same problem and was unable to solve it without a clean install. Having the RAID array ready to go during the install process made Windows load the proper drivers for it and everything worked like magic. So, yeah... clean install is the only thing I'm thinking will fix it.
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Oh, I see. You want the RAID array for storage, and not boot? Sorry I misunderstood you. I had the same problem and was unable to solve it without a clean install. Having the RAID array ready to go during the install process made Windows load the proper drivers for it and everything worked like magic. So, yeah... clean install is the only thing I'm thinking will fix it.
Yeah, reinstalling Windows again will stop the boot loop, but I have GB's of stuff installed + all the annoying updates and all the download's etc... all would be lost.

I'm just wondering if I need to copy and paste a RAID drive or something into one of the folder's to stop the boot loop, because only the AHCI driver is installed and no RAID driver
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So is it possible?

I need to enable my onboard RAID controller without windows going into a reboot loop.

The thought of reinstalling Windows 7 does not look promiseing for me, I don't want to go through all the trouble of installing everything back where it was + all the update's etc...

There must be a way to enable RAID without a constant reboot loop, AHCI works fine because that's what I installed it under. Can't I just copy and paste the RAID driver into one of the Windows folder or something?
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This worked for me:
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Enable RAID Mode after Installation

Instruction:
  • Exit all Windows-based programs.
  • Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
  • Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
  • If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vices\\iaStorV
  • In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 0 [3 is default], and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
  • Restart your computer
  • Go to BIOS and enable RAID, Save & Reboot
  • Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.
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This worked for me:
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Many thanks, I will try this soon and hope for the best
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I think i know what your talking about. It was a pain in the arse trying to install windows on a RAID 0 array on my dad's 890FX computer. Windows AHCI didn't work and the raid drivers on Biostar's site didn't work as well.

I ended up dling the latest sb drivers from AMD. Extracted the contents and the inf files seemed to do the trick.
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