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Windows 7: RAID Array Issue?


24 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
RAID Array Issue?

I noticed something odd...

In an attempt to ensure all files (including boot files) were installed on only my SSD, I disabled all my other HDD's in the BIOS.

Installed Windows 7 RTM x64, everything worked well. BUT when I re-enabled all the other HDD's...Windows 7 blue screened before it could load (got half way through the animation, then poof, blue screen)

Wouldn't boot in Safe mode, System restore did nothing...

Reinstalled Windows 7 with my SSD and RAID array enabled and everythings fine.

Seems Windows 7 can't handle a RAID array being added after installation, as in it can't find or handle the driver for it when it gets suddenly added.

Anyone have a similar issue? Not looking for a resolution because I have everything running fine now. Just curious if anyone has encountered this or similar.


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24 Aug 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cyberwolf View Post
I noticed something odd...

In an attempt to ensure all files (including boot files) were installed on only my SSD, I disabled all my other HDD's in the BIOS.

Installed Windows 7 RTM x64, everything worked well. BUT when I re-enabled all the other HDD's...Windows 7 blue screened before it could load (got half way through the animation, then poof, blue screen)

Wouldn't boot in Safe mode, System restore did nothing...

Reinstalled Windows 7 with my SSD and RAID array enabled and everythings fine.

Seems Windows 7 can't handle a RAID array being added after installation, as in it can't find or handle the driver for it when it gets suddenly added.

Anyone have a similar issue? Not looking for a resolution because I have everything running fine now. Just curious if anyone has encountered this or similar.
CW

Win 7 does seem to be finiky when it comes to raid. I found out the hard way not to remove the raid when I recommended a user not have the controller attached when he was installing. It fixed all the other problems with drivers till he installed the reaid controller the BSOD. SO I guess its a balancing act.

Hope this helps

Ken
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24 Aug 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't have any SSD's, but don't think it will make any difference. Anyway first time I added RAID (on Vista at the time, but should still work the same in 7) I enabled the controller(s), and before installing the drives installed the RAID driver in Windows. I then installed the drives and configured the array, booted to Windows and the array was detected and installed with no problems.

Then took it a step further and imaged Windows and reloaded the image on the RAID, and it worked without issue for six months or so (did a fresh install when SP1 came out)..
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