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Windows 7: Replacing SCSI storage drivers with IDE or SATA drivers

18 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimat x64
Replacing SCSI storage drivers with IDE or SATA drivers

Having issues with RAID0 array being detected by Windows7 Ultimate x64 as SCSI. Apparently these drivers are the 'default' drivers that install when the RAID array is initialized. There is no option at this point to install other drivers instead.

Using DeviceManager, there is an option to 'update drivers', and regardless of the method chosen, even selecting the file for a previously-downloaded set of drivers, Windows7 always comes back with a message of "Windows has determined that the best drivers for your system are already installed". Considering that SCSI drivers are the OLDEST ones out there, and actual SCSI devices are becoming rarer and rarer, how is it that these drivers cannot be replaced with more current and more applicable drivers?

Does anyone know of a usable workaround to install non-SCSI drivers to replace the default ones?

Thanks in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 May 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

If this is for the motherboard listed in your specs, you need to install the AMD RAID driver,

AMD Chipset Drivers

May also want to install the chipset driver while you're at it if you haven't.
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18 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimat x64
Already downloaded

I have them downloaded. When the array intializes, Windows grabs the SCSI drivers by default -- no option at initilization to choose. Hence the need to find a way to replace the SCSI drivers with the AMD drivers AFTER it has initialized.
This is not a question of what drivers I need; it is a question of how to get them to replace the default ones that Windows is ramming down my throat.
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18 May 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Have you even tried installing the AMD RAID driver yet? My SATA drives in AHCI mode all show up as SCSI drives as well until I install the AMD driver. Don't worry about the default Windows driver or trying to remove it as it will just be replaced by the AMD driver.
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19 May 2012   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

SCSI is an acronym standing for Small Computer System Interface. Originally describing the interface between a computer and external peripherals, such as printers, scanners, external drives, etc., it is now also used to describe the interface between the motherboard and certain internal hardware (typically drives).

Along similar lines, people tend to associate IDE with drives that use the 40/80 pin parallel cables. This was also known as ATA (AT Attachment). With the onset of serial drives, the older standard was renamed as PATA (Parallel ATA) and the newer one as SATA (Serial ATA). In all cases, the drives are still IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) devices. All this means is that the controller circuitry for the device itself is mounted on the device, with the advantage that the controller can be designed for the device instead of having to be generic (as was the case when the controller was on the motherboard, either natively or via an add-on card).

As a footnote, my drives are described as SCSI drives, even though they are SATA units.
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19 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimat x64

I have installed the ASUS-supplied RAID drivers and I have also tried the AMD-supplied RAID drivers. Neither one will attach to the logical drive. The logical drive still shows the Windows default drivers attached and nothing else.

I have tried fresh install with the ASUS and AMD RAID drivers, and install will not get past 17% "expanding files". Will install quickly and flawlessly to a single drive in AHCI mode; but not to a RAID0 array. I have saved an image of the fresh install to a single drive to a WD 1TB HDD. Was hoping to image this back to a RAID array, but if I image it back to the SCSI-detected array, it experiences performance degradation and random crashes. Using Acronis TrueImage, so this should not be an "alignment" issue.

Was hoping there might be regedit fix to disable the default drivers and prompt for drivers to install when the logical drive is initialized.
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