View Full Version : RAID without FDD

01-10-2007, 07:51 AM
Maybe it's a stupid question, but here goes nothing:
Can I (or anyone else) set up RAID arrays without FDD and F6 key when installing Windows? Can it be done with a CD or DVD. I'm building a new PC and I dont want legacy cables in it. That includes all PATA cables, unsheated power cables or anything that may impede airflow. Oh yeah, the board will 85% ceritainly be based on p965 chipset, but I don't think that matters. Please help.
Thanx in advance.

01-10-2007, 09:31 AM
You will need to create a slipstreamed copy of the XP install disk and put the proper raid drivers on it as well. I am not quite sure how to do it, but it isn't too hard if you are good at making ISO's and such. Otherwise, just use a floppy drive with the cable without installing it in the case. Just leave it off to the side while installing, then get rid of it once windows is installed.

01-10-2007, 12:30 PM
Yeah, that's the only way around it.

MS fixed this up in Vista, you can select the IDE driver from any device, even a USB pen drive.

01-10-2007, 09:09 PM
I guess that I will have to go Vista in that case. nah, it is going to be a new machine, so I guess that XP will have to go:FIREdevil ('bout time!!!)
Thanx guys

01-11-2007, 10:32 AM
You'd be better off making your own slipstreamed XP CD than migrating to Vista.

01-11-2007, 01:53 PM
yeah its easy to do - do it all the time, I built my own dvd that installs winxp (all drivers, service pack2), Office2003, nero etc.


01-11-2007, 08:19 PM
You'd be better off making your own slipstreamed XP CD than migrating to Vista.

Maybe, but I have a reputation for being first in my area to try new things. XP is, what, 5 or 6 years old now? That's just too old now, time for a renovation! I am considering to buy a separate HDD and go Fedora or Mandriva as well as Windows.