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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    In the yellow ports I have the six drives for the Raid array and in the purple ports i have the drive that the os is on along with a cd/dvd drive. The setting in the Bios is as follows:
    Sata Raid/AHCI Mode [RAID]
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [Disabled]

    Onboard SATA/IDE Device [Enabled]
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode [IDE]

    The driver I got from Gigabyte website sata raid 8.5.0.1032. I have tried to build the array before installing the os and also after with no luck if I build it before and RAID is selected in the "SATA RAID/AHCI Mode" it gives me the BSOD at 34 minutes.

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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    Please remove the RAID drives and set the Intel BIOS settings (TOP) to IDE and install your OS with only the OS Drive and CD Drive connected to the purple ports.

    You will need a clean SP1 or greater XP install disk, with no drivers slipstreamed. You slipstreamed the Intel drivers but you are not installing your OS to a Array on that controller so that is not going to work. It very well may work, but to make things easier on yourself you may want to use a normal disk instead so the install is not confused. It may actually be fine to use that disk, but just do not set the BIOS to RAID until you are done installing.

    What you need to do basically is this.... Install to the Gigabyte controller in a NON RAID Environment, then install your Intel INF Drivers in the OS.

    Then you will go into the BIOS and set RAID Enabled for the Intel ports, then build your array and go back to windows and install the Matrix storage manager, second link here >>
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...torage+Manager
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    I've gone thru it now I just have to wait 58hrs for it to initialize trying to keep a positive outlook but I have done this once and the array didn't show up.

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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    58 hours! WOW, that is a lot, why so long? I have made RAID 1 with 3x250GB and it only took seconds to be ready, RAID 0 instantly

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    Well just got done initializing and still doesn't show up on disk management. I can see the drives and the controller under hardware but no where else. The array is Raid5.

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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    The drivers installed or has the yellow mark on them?

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    All of the drivers installed and the drives are plugged into the yellow sata connectors.

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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    Please show us what Matix Storage Manager says, if you have not installed this it may be why. Be sure you are using the latest Matrix and Chipset drivers (Second Link for both pages) >>
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...?ProductID=816

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...torage+Manager

    This is odd for sure, but I really have not had a OS on the Gigabyte ports and then a large array on the Intel ones, but I do not see why it would be a problem unless you do not have the matrix software installed. Sorry if I forgot to tell you this earlier but I do believe it could be the issue if you don't have it installed

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    I do have the matrix storage manager installed it shows all the drives and then I initialize them, this is what took 58 hrs. When it was done the manager showed a array with all the disk but when i go into the disk management it is not there. I have downloaded and confirmed I have the latest chipset drivers and the correct matrix manager. I am at a loss.

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    Default Re: ga-ep45-ud3p won't load xp with raid enabled

    First of all XP home would not be supported in a RAID configuration only XP Pro.
    I've had XP Home running on a RAID0 array (two WD2000JS 200GB drives) without issue. All that was needed ofc was the correct RAID driver (NVidia RAID on an NForce 4) and away I went, after setting stripe size first. I believe you can't create a software RAID config via disk manager in Home, but there is no limitation for a hardware RAID, as after all, most of the work is transparent to XP, it just needs to communicate with the RAID conteoller, and the controller decides what data to write where etc.

    This is a puzzling problem indeed. I know that when you install the Matrix Manager, the usual channel entries where you can see what drive is plugged into where, in Device Manager is replaced by a single entry, in my case "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller". However all drives show up correctly in both My Computer and Disk Management.

    I'm sure I read about a similar problem when researching AHCI/Intel Matrix Manager for optimizing my new SSD. I'll have a look through my browsing history and figure out where I read it and if it may help. I'll post back if I find something useful.

    58 hours is a long time, but RAID5 does have heavy duty redundancy, so maybe that's why there's such a long wait, due to each drive having redundancy data for every other drive in the array.
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