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Thread: New SSD + Existing RAID 1 + clean Win7 install = no go




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    Unhappy New SSD + Existing RAID 1 + clean Win7 install = no go

    My current setup is an EX58-UDP4 with Vista Ultimate x64 installed on a RAID 1 partition (ICH10R ports 0 and 1). I bought a new 80g Intel X-25 SSD that I attached to port 2 to do a clean install of Windows 7. Within Vista the new drive was recognized without any issues. When I boot and get into the bios the SSD is not listed as an option in the Hard Disk Boot Priority screen. The Intel CNTL-I screen lists the newly installed SSD as an "Unknown Disk" - there are no options to really "do" anything with it. When I try to install Windows 7 the new SSD is not even listed as an option - only the existing RAID 1 and an external USB hard drive are options.

    I'd like to save the data on the existing drives and dual-boot into Vista and Win7 until I migrate my data and feel comfortable with Win7. For the life of me I can't figure out what I'm missing.

    Can anyone help?

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    Default Re: New SSD + Existing RAID 1 + clean Win7 install = no go

    I believe that when running RAID either all the drives or just the non RAID members (not sure which) are not shown in the boot priority setting. they need to be configured as a non RAID member in the ICH10R BIOS.

    If possible, backup your precious data then remove the RAID array, remembering exactly what drive went on what controller and making a note of all relevant settings. You should be able to keep the array in tact by doing this. Whether it will need a re-build I don't know.

    You can then install the SSD on port 2 of 0-5. Do it under AHCI, then when the install is complete install Intel Matrix Storage Manager, meaning that RAID drivers will be available. Now re-instate your RAID 1 and see if you're in business.

    Is the RAID 1 array currently being used to boot off, ie is the primary partition set as "Active"? if so, there may be issues that can't be solved unless you break the array, place the SSD on port 0, RAID 1 drives on 1 and 2, then install Win 7 on the SSD followed by completely recreating the RAID 1 afterwards in theIntl RAID BIOS/ROM utility.
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    Default Re: New SSD + Existing RAID 1 + clean Win7 install = no go

    Go figure I got frustrated and booted up Vista. I went back into the Intel Storage Matrix Manager and the SSD was of course still there. Even though I had initialized and formatted it 30 minutes prior it now said "unallocated" again . I also got an error message saying that I needed to re-"mark as a non-raid drive" again even though I did it before. I re-marked it as non-raid, rebooted, and lo and behold the boot screen now showed the raid 1 and the "non raid drive". The Win7 setup then had no problem installing to the new drive - the existing drives are still up as expected. I don't know if it was a Vista problem, Intel problem, or just a stupid error on my part. Either way the problem is gone but I do sincerely appreciate the time you took to provide some guidance....Thanks.

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    Default Re: New SSD + Existing RAID 1 + clean Win7 install = no go

    No problem.

    I'm pleased you got everything working, and without having to rebuild your RAID 1 too.
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