Hello, newbie to the forum!
First, I'd like to say this is an awesome forum! It's nice to see people willing to help others... Too many forums out there are just a place for people to attack and belittle each other for no good reason instead of helping them!
I sure hope I can find the help I'm seeking too.
You can look at the system hardware involved in my profile if needed. It is all brand new hardware. But for now, here's the nature of the installation problem:
The BIOS is currently set mostly for defaults/auto except for where I needed to specify RAID for the respective SATA ports connected to the two drives I want to stripe and to boot from CD for Windows 7 installation so I adjusted these settings accordingly.
The motherboard has an onboard AMD 890FX based RAID controller. I have two 2TB SATA3 drives configured for RAID0 using the onboard RAID controller software. The RAID controller software reports slightly over 4TB as logical drive #1. Everything seems fine at this point.
Next step: Boot from the DVD to install Windows 7 Ultra 64. This attempt is a clean install, full (non-upgrade) version, to be installed onto a 4TB RAID0 array using two brand new HDDs.
During the installation I supply the device drivers
as specified by the mobo's owner's manual. Windows7 installation accepts them no problem.
Suddenly, there is a problem... Instead of showing the available drivespace as just under 4TB, after the RAID hardware driver
is supplied the list will then show two partitions, one barely over 3TB and another one roughly 1 TB. It does not show one 4TB drive after the driver has been provided from the mobo's driver CD.
If I continue to install on the 3+TB drive anyway, the installation routine seems to go through the usual motions... But then comes up with an error... Something about not being able to prepare the drive for booting and to try to re-run the installation program again. It always ends at the same point with the same errror. I will post the exact error message after I give it another try. I should've written it down already, but it's no problem for me to re-create it.
So... If someone posts that Windows 7 cannot be installed on a 4TB partition for whatever reason, like it cannot address over 3+TB of drivespace or other reason, then I can just forget about using the two drives in a RAID0 array and use them as 2 single drives.
Or... If there is a known fix or work-around, please enlighten me!