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William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 04:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I setup the sata drives using the MB FastBuild utility so they are of Raid 0, rebooted everything looking like it's suppose to from the manual, my bios operating mode is set to raid. So I boot from my windows xp disc, and then it says press F6 to install raid, so I press it, nothing happens, I keep pressing it, then it moves on to press F2 for system recovery. Thinking that it was either the XP disc or keyboard I tested the keyboard the F6 key does work, so I then get a friends XP Pro disc, it comes to the press F6 to install drivers, and it ignores it again, nothing happens, like as if I'm not pressing it. So I'm not sure if there's some setting I have wrong where XP will ignore the install if it's not correct or what.

the keyboard I am using is a standard Dell keyboard, and I also tried using a microsoft keyboard, and it still didn't work.


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guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 04:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
Did you put the floppy disc in the drive? Did you format the drives in the RAID array?

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 04:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
I did format them to array, and I tried it with the floppy in and with the floppy out.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 05:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
What happens when you press F6? I'm trying to understand how it went to System Recovery by pressing F6 repeatedly. Perhaps some error message was missed.

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 05:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 12, 2005, 05:16am EDT

 
>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
no it didn't go to the system recovery system. It's just when I press F6 it's like I'm not pressing any button, it doesn't do anything.


it was as if I didn't press a key and then it moved on to asking me to press F2 for system recovery, then when you don't press F2 it goes to installing windows, but after it's done loading everything, it says it can't load because it cannot find anything to install it on. Thats because the raid drivers aren't installed, so I'm stuck with a blank system.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 05:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
Oh. That's right. I had forgotten. Hmm, that is an interesting dilemma. Just as an idea, check to see that your BIOS is set to detect your keyboard. Also, as another test, press F2 to see if it will let you in to the system recovery. (I'm just wondering if it will accept any keypresses at all.)

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 05:38am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
yes I did try pressing F2 and it did take me to the system recovery, and then it says please insert the system recovery floppy, press any key to continue, so I figure I'll press F6, and it recognizes the key and searches for the disk.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 05:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
I think I'm about as confused as you are. Have you tried holding down the F6 key? The possibility that both XP discs have errors in the exact same place is an extremely low percentage.

Do you have BIOS setup with the RAID array to be seen? Give me a second and I'll check my RAID settings in BIOS. Maybe I'll see something, although we probably have totally different BIOS software.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 05:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
Ok, I have my IDE configuation set up like this:

Configure SATA As........................................RAID
OnBoard Serial ATA BOOTROM.....................Enabled

ONBOARD DEVICES CONFIGURATION
ITE8212F Controller......................................IDE Mode.................(That's my SATA controller.)

BOOT
1st Drive......................................................Intel RAID_Volume0

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 06:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have the SATA configured as raid, and it's enabled. Not sure about the onboard device configuration, and I did say my raid drive in my list of boots. But I also took a step in, putting the win xp disk's in this computer loaded them up and tried pressing F6 to install raid and it did the same thing it was doing in the other, so I'm not sure if you have to have some setting so it knows there's raid for it to continue, or if both disks have the same error. I guess a 3rd OS might help, hell I'm pretty close to going to linux, just not sure how to install raid drivers.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 06:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
This is a stretch, but where does it put the drivers for the RAID array when it writes them?

"Nothing will visibly happen, but after the installation files are copied from the CD, you will see an extra screen for the loading of storage device drivers."

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=830&page=8

It's almost as if the installation files aren't being copied from the CD. I'm just wondering if this could be a RAM or Hard Drive problem that is causing this.

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 06:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I found out if I go through raid with my two HD I'll loose 80gb because they're not the exact same HD, so I will go and try and set my HD just through SATA, but still not sure how to do that, and if I would need to isntall drivers for it too.

guru Shane Aug 12, 2005, 03:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
You will still need to install the drivers for that too, but try it and see if it works.

William Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 06:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
I did and it still doesn't work with F6, but I let the install go through, and it went on saying it couldn't find a place to install windows on, but it said press S to for a special device, so I did and then it says please insert a floppy of the hardwares manufacture, so I put in the sata drivers and it did not detect it, so I was wondering if I didn't setup the floppy right. Do you know how to setup the floppy and what drivers to download? I downloaded the WD Serial ATA RAID Controller Card Driver from here http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=2&swid=10 It would be nice if I could still install the drivers through that way without pressing F6

Lawrence O. Wilson Aug 12, 2005, 09:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
My experience with installing SATA or RAID drivers: After pressing the F6 key, the install program continued but it did reach a point where it asked for the floopy disk!


William Wilson Aug 13, 2005, 03:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
well I downloaded Promise SATA378 Driver V1.00.0.26 from the Asus website got a floppy used the make disk had the disk made, ran windows xp, made it to where it asked for the disk put the disk in pressed enter, and it acted like it was the wrong disk, it just kept asking for the disk. So I then downloaded the 7mb via raid driver pack, and it came with sata drivers and a readme to set everything up, so I did on a floppy, and tried it on the xp install, and what do you know it doesn't work, so I don't know if I have something wrong or anything.

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Edited: Aug 13, 2005, 04:04am EDT

 
>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
>> So I boot from my windows xp disc, and then it says press F6 to install raid, so I press it, nothing happens, I keep pressing it, then it moves on to press F2 for system recovery. Thinking that it was either the XP disc or keyboard I tested the keyboard the F6 key does work

As Lawrence said, when you press F6, the option to load them doesn't come up until about a minute later. Then you press S to specify a device, it takes a peek at your floppy to see what's available, you select which to load, and repeat until you have all the ones you need (NVRAID requires 2: RAID and a Controller).


7MB sounds like a bit much. All it usually requires is a .sys, .dll, and .cat for sure (I did not need CAT for installing mine but generally you'll need it). Look for detailed instructions on what files are needed at the manufacturer's site (nVidia had it under FAQs).

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William Wilson Aug 14, 2005, 07:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
I disabled the raid utility and the promise utility, because I didn't want raid, my HDs are detected in the bios, I made a drivers disk using my support cd. I then get to the point where it asks for my hardwares manufacturer's disk, so I insert the floppy disk, and it just blinks and asks for the disk, like I have the wrong disk or something. I been at this for like 2 days now, trying differant things, like only having one drive in. Now I'm begining to think that my floppy drive is bad, even though I bought it brand new and it is detected by the bios too. So any suggestion, on just installing a SATA hard drive without raid, would be great.

Steve Weller Aug 18, 2005, 09:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i have a chaintech zenith 9cjs with a brand new dimondmax 10 250GB sata hd. my bios recognizes it but when i go to install windows xp home i press the f6 key then press s to specify a different drive and when i press enter after that it feeezes up when it it is trying to load the files from the floppy. the disk that i am using is a floppy that has copied files from the mobo driver disk. the harddrive was oem from tigerdirect. please if anyone knows why it freezes when it tries to load the files let me know.

Steve Weller Aug 18, 2005, 10:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
never mind i had to formatt my floppy disk the long way i did that and now it recconised it and is so far so good

Tad Cook Sep 02, 2005, 06:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Installing Raid drivers w/ WinXP press F6
Here is a question. Should I have the RAID disks already installed when I do the new Windows installation, and load the drivers? Here is my new setup. I want to set up two SATA drives to RAID-1 with an Abit AS8 motherboard. They will just hold data and applications. But I want to load my OS into a seperate IDE drive, which will not be RAID. Problem: somehow every time I try to install Windows XP Pro, it installs it to one of the SATA drives. The only way I seem to be able to reliably install to the IDE drives is to disconnect the SATA drives. The plan is to hook those up after Windows is installed. Is there a way to install the RAID drivers after Windows installation?


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