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I am attempting to set up a RAID0 array with 3x WD 640gb Caviar Black drives and my motherboards ICH9R controller, and I am unable to install the operating system (windows 7 professional 64bit).

I have my RAID drivers on a USB stick (tried the drivers from Intel as well as those from DFI's site). I start installing windows, it asks for drivers, and I browse to the location. It brings up a little progress bar, but at that point it stops working, and tells me it cannot find any new hardware or something to that effect. I cannot progress beyond this point in the installation, hitting next just brings up that progress bar and its subsequent failure again.

Anyone know how to fix this?
 

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It shouldn't need drivers(they are included). Only XP and below need drivers to see the hardware.

Have you created a raid volume in the ICH9R BIOS?
 

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It shouldn't need drivers(they are included). Only XP and below need drivers to see the hardware.
Well for whatever reason, that isn't working. If there is something that I need to do to "activate" the built in windows drivers or something, please enlighten me.

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Have you created a raid volume in the ICH9R BIOS?
Of course.
 

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Currently trying to slipstream the drivers into the windows disk, I'll report back on how that goes some time tomorrow.
 

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Okay, well that is a no-go. vlite simply isn't working


I am really pulling my hair out here, this is supposed to be really easy to do.
 

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As mentioned above you shouldn't need any drivers.

ICH10R/ICH9R both support RAID 0 with 2 to 6 drives.

I looked up Intel's page on the ICH versions. You shouldn't have a problem.

I know this may be a dumb question, but did you move the raid array to the top of the boot priority list?
 

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It doesn't sound like a driver problem as the OS has the drivers integrated. Something else is wrong.
 

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As mentioned above you shouldn't need any drivers.

Regardless of what should be happening, this is what is happening.

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I know this may be a dumb question, but did you move the raid array to the top of the boot priority list?

It is on there right under my DVD drive. However, why would I want to boot off the array? it doesn't have an OS on it.

And the array does work, I installed the intel matrix RAID storage manager on this HDD with my current win7 install, and it detects the array and such.
 

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Regardless of what should be happening, this is what is happening.

It is on there right under my DVD drive. However, why would I want to boot off the array? it doesn't have an OS on it.

And the array does work, I installed the intel matrix RAID storage manager on this HDD with my current win7 install, and it detects the array and such.

It sounded to me like you were trying to install windows or already did and that you couldn't boot back into it. That's all.

If you can detect the array in windows and it has a drive letter assigned to it as well I can't think of why you shouldn't be able to install windows to the array or anything else with array.
 

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F6 Disc 32 bit
F6 disc 64 bit
try loading this driver, I had to load my raid drivers even though it should be supported from the getgo
Vlite is working sporadically now, so if that doesn't end up fixing it I will try it the normal way again with these drivers


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It sounded to me like you were trying to install windows or already did and that you couldn't boot back into it. That's all.

If you can detect the array in windows and it has a drive letter assigned to it as well I can't think of why you shouldn't be able to install windows to the array or anything else with array.
I am trying to install windows, and to do that I need to boot off of my DVD drive.

And the array is not detected in windows (in My Computer or anything) but I am pretty sure that is because it is not formatted.
 

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Okay, looks like the vlite thing finally worked, windows detected all the space correctly and is currently installing. Fingers crossed it doesn't mess up somewhere.

Will report back with some numbers once this thing is running


EDIT: Just checked on it, windows installation is almost done with no hiccups thus far.

DOUBLE EDIT: Worked fine, I'm posting from win7 running on the array =D
 

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Urgandpasdog,

Have you attempted to go to the manufactures website for your motherboard and locate the SATA drivers? Should you require additional assistance and guidance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5. It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team
 

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Urgandpasdog,

Have you attempted to go to the manufactures website for your motherboard and locate the SATA drivers? Should you require additional assistance and guidance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5. It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica
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Of course, that is where I got the drivers from. The issue was that windows would not properly load them during installation using the normal method. However, the slipstreaming method worked fine and all is well.
 
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