Vista 64 Home Premium Installation on RAID

Posted: 01-23-2009, 11:08 AM

I know that this has been dealt with before and I've followed the usefu
John Barnett tutorial without success

Brief history: Recently got a new system with Vista Home Prem 64 SP1 o
a single 500GB drive. Before going too far on setting it up, I got
new SATA 500GB drives with the intent of a clean install on a mirrore
nVIDIA RAID - have retained the working single disc Vista drive an
removed it from the system for now. Set up RAID in BIOS with the RAI
as primary boot, DVD as 2nd boot. F10 to add 2 SATA drives into singl
mirrored RAID, selected Rebuild and Bootable option. Booted from Vist
DVD - RAID shows up as healthy on splash screen. Got as far as th
Install location. Set up new partition, formatted that, loaded lates
drivers (downloaded from Biostar site) using USB stick

First question - am I right in loading nVidia SATA Controller, RAI
Controller and RAID Device drivers? (have tried many combinations in th
20+ install attempts!)

Windows will not recognise the RAID volume as a valid installatio
location. If I delete the array, each individual drive is recognise
and can be formatted. I have tried installing Vista to a separate PAT
drive, booting from that and then installing to the SATA RAID but tha
isn't recognised as a drive (perhaps because I ddn't load the RAI
drivers on the PATA drive)

I've tried flashing the BIOS with the latest firmware to no effect
tried setting up an 80GB partition to install Vista on, downloade
Maxtors Blaster utility to do a full format of the drives - no joy.
have not yet tried removing 2GB of RAM as opinion seems to vary as t
whether this has any effect

If I try to install my old XP 32 OS to get a starting point, I just ge
a BSOD reporting a PCI problem (have a PCI USB hub and PATA IDE car
there)

Once / if I get this working, the next issue will be to get my WLAN PC
card working - have had several attempts with that (using lates
drivers) and even bought a new one- not a flicker of life on the lin
but Device Mgr reported it as being OK

The pub option currently sounds the favourite! Any advice
comments gratefully received before I give up on the RAID option
**
*System Spec:
-*Biostar GF8100-M2-SE GeForce 8100 Socket AM2+ mATX Motherboard*
-AMD Athlon Dual Core X2 5000+
-Samsung 4GB DDR2 800Mhz PC6400
-2 * Maxtor Diamond Max 22 500GB SATA2/7200RPM/8MB Cache
-Sony 20XDVD+/-RW Dual Layer & Dual Format With Lightscribe
-Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit Edition SP1

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Vista 64 Home Premium Installation on RAID


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PaulB
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RE: Vista 64 Home Premium Installation on RAID
Posted: 01-25-2009, 09:52 PM
You should just install the 64 bit RAID drivers during install.
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"BabyBish" wrote:
>
> I know that this has been dealt with before and I've followed the useful
> John Barnett tutorial without success.
>
> Brief history: Recently got a new system with Vista Home Prem 64 SP1 on
> a single 500GB drive. Before going too far on setting it up, I got 2
> new SATA 500GB drives with the intent of a clean install on a mirrored
> nVIDIA RAID - have retained the working single disc Vista drive and
> removed it from the system for now. Set up RAID in BIOS with the RAID
> as primary boot, DVD as 2nd boot. F10 to add 2 SATA drives into single
> mirrored RAID, selected Rebuild and Bootable option. Booted from Vista
> DVD - RAID shows up as healthy on splash screen. Got as far as the
> Install location. Set up new partition, formatted that, loaded latest
> drivers (downloaded from Biostar site) using USB stick.
>
> First question - am I right in loading nVidia SATA Controller, RAID
> Controller and RAID Device drivers? (have tried many combinations in the
> 20+ install attempts!).
>
> Windows will not recognise the RAID volume as a valid installation
> location. If I delete the array, each individual drive is recognised
> and can be formatted. I have tried installing Vista to a separate PATA
> drive, booting from that and then installing to the SATA RAID but that
> isn't recognised as a drive (perhaps because I ddn't load the RAID
> drivers on the PATA drive).
>
> I've tried flashing the BIOS with the latest firmware to no effect,
> tried setting up an 80GB partition to install Vista on, downloaded
> Maxtors Blaster utility to do a full format of the drives - no joy. I
> have not yet tried removing 2GB of RAM as opinion seems to vary as to
> whether this has any effect.
>
> If I try to install my old XP 32 OS to get a starting point, I just get
> a BSOD reporting a PCI problem (have a PCI USB hub and PATA IDE card
> there).
>
> Once / if I get this working, the next issue will be to get my WLAN PCI
> card working - have had several attempts with that (using latest
> drivers) and even bought a new one- not a flicker of life on the link
> but Device Mgr reported it as being OK.
>
> The pub option currently sounds the favourite! Any advice /
> comments gratefully received before I give up on the RAID option.
> **
> *System Spec:*
> -*Biostar GF8100-M2-SE GeForce 8100 Socket AM2+ mATX Motherboard*-
> -AMD Athlon Dual Core X2 5000+-
> -Samsung 4GB DDR2 800Mhz PC6400-
> -2 * Maxtor Diamond Max 22 500GB SATA2/7200RPM/8MB Cache-
> -Sony 20XDVD+/-RW Dual Layer & Dual Format With Lightscribe-
> -Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit Edition SP1-
>
>
> --
> BabyBish
>
> Linux is getting more appealing by the day!
>
BabyBish
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Re: Vista 64 Home Premium Installation on RAID
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:43 PM

Thanks for that - in the working system that I finally got, I installe
all supported drivers (SATA Controller, RAID Controller and RAID Device
on the basis that I didn't want to have to do a whole new install if i
decided that I'd missed one

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