I have a genuine Windows 7 Professional OEM installation disk which worked fine on the Maxtor HDD (apart from permissions issues, but don't get me started on that). It was only when I attempted to set up the RAID 5 that it started hanging.
It is now 8:00am and I have reset the BIOS to defaults. Windows Install has recognized the only connected HDD without the requirement to load drivers
from the mobo support disk and the green bar is progressing along the bottom of the screen.
It has got as far as the 3rd re-boot (after loading services) and I am looking at a black screen with the mouse pointer and nothing else. I shall go and make a coffee and leave it alone for a few minutes.
Back with coffee 10 minutes later and system the same. Pressed reset button on base unit. booted into safe mode with command prompt. 'Preparing to start your computer for the first time', then 'Windows cannot complete installation in Safe Mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer'. Have been this way before and it just hangs again, but will try anyway. 'Set up will continue after restarting your computer'.
So far this is the same as with the RAID5 configuration and the 3 separate disks. Sure enough, windows starts and hangs.
Press reset button again, select safe mode with command prompt. Press shift F10. At C:/windows/system32, I type compmgmtlauncher and get to the computer management screen. Select Device Manager and under other devices I have yellow warning triangles next to Ethernet Controller and USB Controller. Disable both. Close command prompt and click restart computer. Back to where I was an hour and a half ago. Going for a shower. Will post again after formatting HDD(s).