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Can't install Windows 7 64-Bit on RAID0 configuration. Having to use 20GB IDE.

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I bought two Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 RPM 500GB 16MB Cache HDDs for use in RAID0.
As I was getting two Barracudas, I sold my old Barracuda (7200.12 still, basically the same drives) to my dad.
So I start up and setup RAID0 for the two drives, then I boot into the Windows 7 install disk, here's the problems.

I can't see anything on there, other than the Barracuda that was already plugged in (which I accidently formatted, thinking the only HDD I could see was my two Barracudas in RAID0).
I click on 'load drives' and I navigate to a USB Flash Drive which I had saved the latest RAID drivers to. I can't install any 64-Bit drivers at all. All of them tell me to use 32-Bit or signed 64-Bit drivers. So after trying multiple 32-Bit drivers, each one has their own problem.

The first of the problems is the fact that it keeps on BSODing whenever it boots into Windows.
The second, it loses the RAID drivers as I boot up and says it can't boot.

This is completely frustrating, so I had only one option left.

I'm currently setup with a 20GB Seagate Medalist or something, which is extremely slow at booting into windows, around 10 - 20 times faster than my instantaneously booting Barracuda. The reason I have done this is so that I can store all of my games/media on the RAID drives (which work once Windows is installed on anything other than them) and then use the 20GB just for booting. Doing this enables me to get another Barracuda (once I have $39 again) to use for boot - completely destroying the whole idea of RAID in the first place (considerable decrease in startup time).

So now I'm stuck using this IDE drive for boot, which makes my computer as a whole completely slow. I've moved my desktop and other documents, however, to the RAID drives to increase performance that one, but the fact still remains it takes an age to boot up.

Is there anything at all I can do to get this RAID working? I've even tried installing Windows onto the RAID drives after booting into the OS installed onto another drive, by choosing the easy install from disc in Windows - this doesn't work as the RAID drivers are reset once again when the system boots.

Any ideas?
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In my opinion there is a problem with either the drivers, BIOS or the motherboard. Here's how to debug:
*check if the RAID in the BIOS is properly configured; disable RAID, restart, then re-enable. Using the manual make sure all the RAID setting are correct (you could also post here some PICs if you think it helps)
*check on the support page of your board is raid is supported for W7. If yes, download the drivers needed from the support page. Place them on an USB key and load them when installing. If you can't get over this step no matter the driver, your board could be having some problems.
*if nothing worked so far try a BIOS update; sometimes there are bugs in the BIOS for some particular configs that get ironed out
*if still nothing I'd wager the motherboard could be broken; I'm pretty sure among the things written above you're gonna find the issue, but in the unliely case you don't, you should contact the seller of your board for RMA.
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