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Windows 7: Big trouble installing W7 on RAID0


15 Sep 2009   #1

 
 
Big trouble installing W7 on RAID0

Hi!

As i mentioned in the title of this thread, i have some problems installing Windows 7 on a raid0 setup.

I got 2 brand new Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB disks, on which i am trying to install windows 7. So i did it all by the book, go into bios, set SATA drives as RAID, press ctrl + i during post, setup a RAID0 array and off i went to the install screen.

I followed the steps the way i should, wait ages for the region and language screen, press ok, wait ages for the x64 or x86 screen, select the one i want (x64) and install everything. Everything went fine untill i shut down my computer to connect my other hard disks.

While power was off i connected my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, and my external Western Digital Elements 640GB HD. So i booted my computer and i got the message: "NO DRIVES FOUND, INSERT PROPER BOOT DEVICE" or something like that, i guess u'll know what i mean.

So i was like, WTF my boot order changed. So i went back to the bios, to the boot order screen, and my entire RAID array disappeared from the boot list. No problem i thought. I rebooted, re-created my RAID array, went back into the windows 7 install, again wait ages for just selecting my region and x64 or x86 screen and stuff like that. Then i came to the part where i had to select my disks. So i chose my RAID array. When i selected my raid array and pressed install it said the following thing: "Could not find or create any partitions. Check your log for more information.

This was the part where stuff starts flying around the room and i start to swear with words that are yet to be invented.

Ive been stuck on this damn part for over 5 hours now. So i REALLY hope any of u might know the answer to solve this ****.

Regards, Patrick

PS. Quick responses are rewarded with virtual kisses.

EDIT: System specs:

Asus P5Q
Intel Q6600
Mushkin 4GB RAM
Ati 4870

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15 Sep 2009   #2

 

My mobo needs two options set to enable the RAID. Turn either off and RAID disappears.

Please provide detailed system specs.

And leave the kissing for someone else. I hear Cindy is lonely.
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15 Sep 2009   #3

 
 

posted specs in TS
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15 Sep 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Astort View Post
posted specs in TS
Initial reaction - What?

Secondary reaction -

OK - I will assume that P5 boards have enough in common to not RTFM at Asus.

Is this option set to RAID?


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15 Sep 2009   #5

 
 

Yup. I followed the Asus manual. My bios and raid array settings are correct, it is just windows messing up.
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15 Sep 2009   #6

 

OK. Disable any onboard component you don't use. COM1, Assign IRQ to VGA, onboard 1394 et cetera.

Before I disabled these (I eventually re-enabled most), I would sometimes lose drives. The HDD count in POST would take a long time - seeing them in the POST but losing them in the BIOS HDD page- odd, I know.
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15 Sep 2009   #7

 
 

Nope, didnt work. It did make my post faster tho...
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15 Sep 2009   #8

 
 

OH GOODY

It got past the Hd selection screen. It is installing windows as we speak. Ill report back with any updates.
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15 Sep 2009   #9

 

went back into the windows 7 install, again wait ages for just selecting my region and x64 or x86 screen and stuff like that. Then i came to the part where i had to select my disks. So i chose my RAID array. When i selected my raid array and pressed install it said the following thing: "Could not find or create any partitions. Check your log for more information.

I re-read. That windows error could mean that the Windows DVD does not have a driver for your RAID. Get your Asus CD handy. Find the chipset drivers. When you get to the screen that selects target drive, load the drivers.

I did not have this issue on my P5B with RAID0 on the Intel Matrix controller.

Where did you get your Windows 7 and what version is it?
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15 Sep 2009   #10

 
 

Downloaded it from microsoft website a while ago. Dont know which version it is.

But errm, i thought every Windows Vista and Windows 7 supported RAID drivers?
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