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    Unhappy Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Tried the SP3 only slipstream and it says no disk found once you get to the screen where you would pick which disk partition to install to

    I wanted to install with the SATA set to "RAID" because I'll be using RAID w/it soon...

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    You need to create your RAID array before installing the operating system. You can't create a RAID array with a single 500GB drive.

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Just make it easier on yourself and slipstream SP2 and the Intel Driver for AHCI (I assume that is what you are setting the BIOS to) only for now, install SP3 later on.

    Yes, as said above NO RAID without 2+ drives

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    I'm not going to RAID the OS disk for now (500GB disk). I've got 3 1.5TB disks and I want to either use 2 in a RAID 1 mirror, or 3 in a RAID 5.

    The XP Pro + SP3 slipstream (with nothing else added, no options changed) installed fine when I "Set All To Optimized Defaults" (maybe I did failsafe, not sure, it was late at night and I was tired) - anyway, it turned off AHCI/RAID and set the onboard SATA to "IDE" mode.

    Everything seems stable now. But, if I switch the ICH to "RAID" mode it won't boot to Windows and if it's not set to RAID mode I can't install the Intel RAID driver :(

    I've been building my own PCs for more than a decade, this was the first time that it simply wasn't worth the hassle - this Gigabyte board has been a giant headache (maybe Seagate is to blame also, wtf why were all my 1.5TB disks setting themselves to show only 500GB?!? There should be some way to LOCK that "feature" off!!!)

    If I billed the time I've spent working on this PC at $30 per hour, I could have bought a few Dell PCs by now :P Hopefully I will really like the PC once it's stabilized and working for a while, it's nice and quiet. I got an Antec 300 case with a couple slow spinning 120mm cooling fans, an ATi 4670 video card (very low power, not noisey once you put the case cover on) and an efficient 45nm Intel E7400 CPU. This was all prompted by my current "main" PC literally heating up my room if I leave it on 24/7. I want to be able to leave my PC on without having the video card (and the rest of the system) sucking gobs of power when it's just sitting idle.

    I want to thank all of you, it looks like it's going to work now, the last thing to do is see if I can get SeaTools to repair my 1.5's disk size, if not, RMA to Seagate...

    EDIT: Hmm, some of you are telling me "don't slipstream the driver" but others are telling me do... At $59 maybe I do want to go ahead and get a 2nd 500GB disk to mirror the OS...

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Maybe I will finish setting up my OS + apps & games, then back it up, then build a mirror and restore from backup to the mirror...

    What do you guys think about Windows 7? I haven't tried it yet. I'll see if I can get a free copy [legally] somewhere, Microsoft already has enough $ they don't need more from me!

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Quote Originally Posted by critofur View Post
    I'm not going to RAID the OS disk for now (500GB disk). I've got 3 1.5TB disks and I want to either use 2 in a RAID 1 mirror, or 3 in a RAID 5.

    The XP Pro + SP3 slipstream (with nothing else added, no options changed) installed fine when I "Set All To Optimized Defaults" (maybe I did failsafe, not sure, it was late at night and I was tired) - anyway, it turned off AHCI/RAID and set the onboard SATA to "IDE" mode.

    Everything seems stable now. But, if I switch the ICH to "RAID" mode it won't boot to Windows and if it's not set to RAID mode I can't install the Intel RAID driver :(

    I've been building my own PCs for more than a decade, this was the first time that it simply wasn't worth the hassle - this Gigabyte board has been a giant headache (maybe Seagate is to blame also, wtf why were all my 1.5TB disks setting themselves to show only 500GB?!? There should be some way to LOCK that "feature" off!!!)

    If I billed the time I've spent working on this PC at $30 per hour, I could have bought a few Dell PCs by now :P Hopefully I will really like the PC once it's stabilized and working for a while, it's nice and quiet. I got an Antec 300 case with a couple slow spinning 120mm cooling fans, an ATi 4670 video card (very low power, not noisey once you put the case cover on) and an efficient 45nm Intel E7400 CPU. This was all prompted by my current "main" PC literally heating up my room if I leave it on 24/7. I want to be able to leave my PC on without having the video card (and the rest of the system) sucking gobs of power when it's just sitting idle.

    I want to thank all of you, it looks like it's going to work now, the last thing to do is see if I can get SeaTools to repair my 1.5's disk size, if not, RMA to Seagate...

    EDIT: Hmm, some of you are telling me "don't slipstream the driver" but others are telling me do... At $59 maybe I do want to go ahead and get a 2nd 500GB disk to mirror the OS...

    Well to set BIOS to RAID and boot windows, that Windows install must have been installed using the Pre-Install RAID Drivers, that is why it fails to boot as there is no drivers or RAID Array. To Install the driver, you must set BIOS to RAID, create a RAID Array in the RAID BIOS, then install a OS With the RAID Driver

    Slipstreaming is up to you, I only said not to because it seemed you maybe were having issues with it all. You can just as easily manually install them during the OS install

    But again to install a RAID Driver, Slipstream or manual, you must have two or more disks, the BIOS Set to RAID, a RAID Array created in the RAID BIOS, and then install the driver prior to the OS Install.

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Simply put if you want raid you have to re-install the os with along with the raid drivers.

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    Default Re: EP45-UD3P - disk issues, can't install XP, HELP!!

    Or if XP you can perform a Repair install and load the drivers then, little bit easier if you already have apps and such installed. Windows updates will need reinstalled though, but that's it

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