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    Default XP Setup Doesn't See Raid Drive

    Hello all. Looking for help setting up a raid-0 array. I have EP45-UD3P mainboard and two W/D 640 GB Sata drives attached at Sata ports 0 and 1 (intel ports). I set the BIOS SATA Raid/Ahci Mode to RAID and the HD Boot Priority is set to [SCSI-0 : Intel Volume0] first. When I try to install windows (Xp home SP2), the install loads the files but fails when it does not find a hard drive. [Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed...]. I know the drives work as I have had them installed individually. I load the F6 drivers from a floppy drive. I can select the drives and set up the array via Ctl-I. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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    Exclamation Re: XP Setup Doesn't See Raid Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by SCTony View Post
    Hello all. Looking for help setting up a raid-0 array. I have EP45-UD3P mainboard and two W/D 640 GB Sata drives attached at Sata ports 0 and 1 (intel ports). I set the BIOS SATA Raid/Ahci Mode to RAID and the HD Boot Priority is set to [SCSI-0 : Intel Volume0] first. When I try to install windows (Xp home SP2), the install loads the files but fails when it does not find a hard drive. [Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed...]. I know the drives work as I have had them installed individually. I load the F6 drivers from a floppy drive. I can select the drives and set up the array via Ctl-I. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
    While I didn't have the same issue as you I had to do additional steps to get AHCI mode to work because the Floppy/F6 method didn't work no matter how many times I tried or with different boot drivers from Giga's site/Intel's site or off my original Mobo CD.

    Not sure what to do for a raid setup to work with the ICH10R + XP.

    For anyone wanting AHCI mode on WinXP after XP is installed use these links.

    HOWTO: enable AHCI mode after installing Windows - PC Perspective Forums (Use the steps here + step below for ICH10R)

    PC Perspective Forums - View Single Post - HOWTO: enable AHCI mode after installing Windows
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    Thanks for the reply KayossZero. I don't know if it matters but my original XP disc is SP1. I slipstreamed SP2 via nLite. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Default Re: XP Setup Doesn't See Raid Drive

    I dont have r chipset. Thats one of the reasons i went for ud3 normal,aside from a small cost saving,No interest in raid arrays, tho apparently the ICH10 will work them .
    There is a post in the last 2 days about raid setups n xp tho(somewhere).I replied to it n so did Nickel20 I think.
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    Thanks Kick. I've been looking but haven't found an answer yet. I'll try to find the thread you mentioned.
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    Default Re: XP Setup Doesn't See Raid Drive

    Not to derail the subject here but having been using raids for a while and making a few mistakes with them i find loading the OS on its own single drive much safer and creating a 2 hard drive raid for data.

    I used to run my os off a large raid such as yours and just partitioned a small c: and then another patition for the rest of the data. but when the raid failed on me i had no means to recover anything.. it was quite fustrating.

    So now i run my OS on an old (but decently fast) 36gb 10k rpm raptor drive and run my 2x 640gb in raid 0 with all my games and data on it. Sure i might lose some performance on windows boot up time but since i am working on the raid most of the time with movies and games i get most of the speed i need.

    Plus its usually easier to install the OS and most times it will detect a single drive and not the raid. and once i load windows i can install raid drivers after for my data.

    just a suggestion. =)

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    Thanks Dred. That may be worth trying as I am going nowhere fast trying to set up this raid. Thanks.
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    Yay! Writing to you from a raid-equipped computer. I finally got it working. I learned two things in the process: 1. I am a bonehead and 2. Intel ICH10R Sata AHCI Controller does not work as a RAID controller. I was selecting the wrong driver set. It should have been the ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO Sata Raid Controller. (note to self - read more closely) I also learned that if Setup cannot copy the driver files off of the floppy, you need to COPY all the files on the floppy into a sub-directory named A:\$OEM$\TEXTMODE\ (which you have to create).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCTony View Post
    Yay! Writing to you from a raid-equipped computer. I finally got it working. I learned two things in the process: 1. I am a bonehead and 2. Intel ICH10R Sata AHCI Controller does not work as a RAID controller. I was selecting the wrong driver set. It should have been the ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO Sata Raid Controller. (note to self - read more closely) I also learned that if Setup cannot copy the driver files off of the floppy, you need to COPY all the files on the floppy into a sub-directory named A:\$OEM$\TEXTMODE\ (which you have to create).
    That's cool, I was considering going a raid route when I built my new rig and adding a second Western Digital 640g Caviar Black (which is screaming fast drive even by its self btw) but I decided against it after flipping through benchmarks and seeing the fail rates reported by users.

    Having said that though in case I ever do it in the future it's good to know it does work for XP. I hate Vista and prefer my TinyXP09 100%!

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    Hi KayossZero. I know what you mean about the failure rates. I dont think there is such a thing as a reliable hard drive. I am glad I setup the Raid(1st time)- the speed increase is very noticeable. HDTune reports 177 MB/s compared to 93 for the drives singly. As for disk failures, I installed a Samsung 1 TB to use for backing up my photos/vids/important stuff. The two 640s in Raid = 1.2TB so i should be pretty well set for storage. TweakTown is a great site. Keep up the good work everyone.
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