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Windows 7: Win7 w XP Mode vs SCSI

05 Oct 2009   #1

Win7 w XP Mode vs SCSI

Despite exhaustive exploration & testing, I have not been able to get Windows 7 RTM to properly run my SCSI hard drives.

Though my XP OS & hardware passed MS's Windows 7 compatible test and my actual 32bit Windows 7 RTM install, recognizes my Adaptec 2940U2W PCI SCSI Host AND successfully installs latest available** XP\Vista 32bit drivers, my SCSI DVDrom & HD's will not function properly.

[** - Adaptec will not update this driver beyond Vista compatibility]

After ""successfully"" loading the SCSI host drivers, both my AHCI SATA & SCSI drives are visible in 'My Computer' BUT NOT in native Windows 7 'Computer Management' & 'Storage' / 'Disk Management' screens for drive management. In fact, when selected, 'Disk Management' loops/hangs & becomes non-responsive and requires a hard reboot to clear.

Has anyone else with "SCSI's" experienced this?

Has anyone with any brand / type of SCSI controller & drive combo, succeeded in BOTH installing & properly running same?

Does anyone know if the upcoming 'XP mode' patch update will enable 'true' SCSI drive usage within Windows 7?


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05 Oct 2009   #2


No, "xp mode" will not help your install of windows 7 to see your real hardware. It just doesnt work that way. If the vista drivers dont work, then i hate to say it but your out of luck. You can give the windows xp drivers a try, but thats your only recourse.
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05 Oct 2009   #3

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For XP Mode to run you have to have Windows 7 installed and running. XP Mode is not a way to use Seven, it is an application that runs XP in a virtual process in Seven so it has nothing to do with SCSI usage.

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