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Windows 7: RAID drivers, Windows 7 and Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-DS2

04 Dec 2014   #1
timj17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
RAID drivers, Windows 7 and Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-DS2

Hi,

I have 2 30gb SSD drives hanging around and decided to create my new PC using them both in RAID 0. That seems to have worked fine through the Gigabyte utility and shows a 54GB disk on startup.

During Windows 7 installation it cannot see any disk. I have downloaded the RAID driver from Gigabyte onto a USB pen, but it shows as empty when I browse for the driver during the Windows installation. The driver I downloaded was an .exe file? Is that correct, or should I be looking for a real driver like a .inf files?

Thanks, Tim


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04 Dec 2014   #2
timj17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

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04 Dec 2014   #3
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Not an expert on your situation, but I think an .exe would be self-installing from a windows environment, and you aren't there yet. 30GB is rather small partition from which to install and run Windows. Are the disks formatted and present in the BIOS setup?

I see where you are going though ...

Feed your greed for speed by installing SSDs in RAID 0 | PCWorld
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04 Dec 2014   #4
timj17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I wasn't really after the speed advantage, just something to do with 2 otherwise useless SSD's. I only need to instal windows and office, no docs will be stored on it. So should be ok for a while, until updates become to large for the disk!

Any ideas anyone?
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04 Dec 2014   #5
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timj17 View Post
I wasn't really after the speed advantage, just something to do with 2 otherwise useless SSD's. I only need to instal windows and office, no docs will be stored on it. So should be ok for a while, until updates become to large for the disk!

Any ideas anyone?
Save the driver (.inf file) on a USB drive and load it when asked during Windows install.
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04 Dec 2014   #6
timj17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

But there is only an exe file on the gigabyte website. How do I get the inf?
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04 Dec 2014   #7
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Did you try F6 during the install and prompt for the USB drive?

Update: The Gigabyte .exe appears to facilitate booting from USB/floppy.
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05 Dec 2014   #8
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timj17 View Post
But there is only an exe file on the gigabyte website. How do I get the inf?
If you are using the AMD RAID drivers (version 6.1.3.35) from the Gigabyte site you listed,
run the exe file (double click on it), it will extract the drivers to a place you designate.
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06 Dec 2014   #9
timj17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, that worked eventually. I had another issue as well, setup was saying it needed dvd drivers for my external drive. Solved by cancelling to the blue windows 7 screen, swapped drive to another USB port, then instal again, worked fine.
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06 Dec 2014   #10
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You're welcome.
Glad it worked
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