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Windows 7: Problems setting up RAID


27 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Problems setting up RAID

First, I looked through the forum history and couldn't find my solution. If this has all ready been covered I apologize.

I'm trying to set up raid 0 on a fresh install. When I go to install the drivers on setup I get the following error:

"To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable windows installation"

I am using the ICH10R chipset, I have enabled RAID in the bios, and then created the raid 0 array in the RAID bios.

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and I have used the 64 bit raid drivers from the install CD, from my mobo's website, and from the intel website (assuming I should be using Intel Matrix Storage Manager).

The array is detected by windows; however, It won't let me install it without the third party drivers.

When I download the drivers, I unzip the files and burn them to a cd

I've never set up a raid before, are these the right drivers? what am I doing wrong?


if screen shots would help ask and ill take some

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27 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Pepsi dude

the drivers are probably correct. win 7 just doesn't want to install them because they are digitally un-signed. There is a tutorial here on sevenforums on how to work around that but so far I haven' been able to find it. You might want to search on forcing driver install or unsigned drivers while I look. I am also going to enlist our tutorial guru if he is online

Hope this helps and as soon as I find a link I will be back


EDIT: according to our guru we dont have one. sorry thought we did. you can probably google it. Unsigned drivers are an unknown. To bad we couldn't find another

Sorry

Ken
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27 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for looking ken
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28 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I figured out the problem.

I was assuming since windows wouldn't install on my RAID array that I needed to install the raid drivers. This assumption was wrong.

I kept getting the error "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition" when trying to install on it.

Solution: You HAVE to set your RAID array as the FIRST boot device. Not your CD-Rom. Hair pulling problem, simple solution.
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29 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

bump
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03 Jan 2010   #6

win7
 
 
Still can't get Win7 64 bit to recognize RAID drivers.

Folks,
I have read several posts about those of us doing a clean install of win 7 64 onto brand new 1 terabyte drives in RAID 0. I have downloaded the latest Intel drivers, I have got by RAID set up correctly in my BIOS, etc. When I go to drivers during the install, the error message reads that the drivers are unsigned. Now, I read that somewhere there is a workaround for that. Please, someone help me step by step to make a new disk, etc so I can get this done. I have Windows 7 RC 32 bit on a 500 gig hard drive, so I can do other things. I have read forum threads about making a disk, etc, but it makes no sense to me the way it is written. I would rather use the BIOS for a RAID instead of Drive expert, etc using up precious CPU cycles. Thanks for the help. I just need some step by step help. I am not a noob, but the details of workarounds escapes me. Thanks, again!!!!
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04 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

With windows 7 you shouldn't need to install the raid drivers.

Step 1: Go to your bios, enable raid.
Step 2: Restart, Go to your raid bios (CTRL+I for ICH10 chipsets I believe, look in your book). Your raid bios will flash after your initial post before it tries to boot from CD.
Step 3: Set up a RAID 0 array. When setting this up I left everything default. (This is done through your RAID bios)
Step 4: Go back into your regular bios, set the RAID array you just created as your FIRST boot device
Step 5: Restart, install Windows 7. No need to select the "Install Drivers" option.
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17 May 2013   #8

64-bit
 
 
Pepsidude185 is right, follow dude's direction

Also guys, for me I needed to remove all USB devices so my array would show up in the BIOS to choose as 1st boot device. Until I removed everything, i.e., all USB sticks and whatnots, the BIOS wouldn't even show me the ARRAY to choose as 1st boot.

Did we really think the drivers were "unsigned" b/c of some stupid Win error? I kept thinking, really?!! C'mon, I'm sure your MOBO manufacturer is using the correct driver.
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17 May 2013   #9

64-bit
 
 
Well, that didn't exactly work but THIS DID!!!

ok, check everything pepsidude said to, then for me I DID need to remove the USB stick but I ran into the same stupid "unsigned" error. I'm using the Windows 7-64bit image. I have a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 mobo so I went to the Gigabyte forums.

This is where it gets good...so the forums said to use the 32-bit RAID driver when you install Windows 7-64bit. THAT WORKED!! Array recognized, installed Win-7 64bit. All is great. OS boots, array is functioning properly and it's definitely Windows 7 64 bit.

go figure...hope this helps someone else b/c I've been banging my head against a wall for 3hrs now.
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17 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skunk182 View Post
Also guys, for me I needed to remove all USB devices so my array would show up in the BIOS to choose as 1st boot device. Until I removed everything, i.e., all USB sticks and whatnots, the BIOS wouldn't even show me the ARRAY to choose as 1st boot.

Did we really think the drivers were "unsigned" b/c of some stupid Win error? I kept thinking, really?!! C'mon, I'm sure your MOBO manufacturer is using the correct driver.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skunk182 View Post
ok, check everything pepsidude said to, then for me I DID need to remove the USB stick but I ran into the same stupid "unsigned" error. I'm using the Windows 7-64bit image. I have a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 mobo so I went to the Gigabyte forums.

This is where it gets good...so the forums said to use the 32-bit RAID driver when you install Windows 7-64bit. THAT WORKED!! Array recognized, installed Win-7 64bit. All is great. OS boots, array is functioning properly and it's definitely Windows 7 64 bit.

go figure...hope this helps someone else b/c I've been banging my head against a wall for 3hrs now.
Dude, this problem was more than 3 years ago, the problem is probably solved by now.
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