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Windows 7: New RAID Array and Clean Install Win7HP-Help with RAID Driver Install

09 Apr 2013   #1

Win 7 Starter 32 Bit
 
 
New RAID Array and Clean Install Win7HP-Help with RAID Driver Install

Hi ,

RAID and Win 7 Home Premium newbie. Short version of long story - replaced old dead RAID Drives in Win XP system with (2) new 500GB Drives plus plan to upgrade RAM to 8GB (would have liked more but $$$) and install new OS = WIN 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.

MB is GA-EP45-UD3R Rev 1.1 and I am having trouble figuring out how to get, prepare and install the Intel RAID Drivers for 64 Bit Win 7 HP.

My main problem is that on the Gigabyte site they offer two RAID Drives.

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Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy. OS: Windows XP 64bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 8.9.0.1023 0.32 MB 2009/08/11
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Intel SATA RAID/AHCI Driver OS: Windows XP 32bit, Windows XP 64bit, Windows Vista 32bit,Windows Vista 64bit,Windows 7 32bit,Windows 7 64bit,Windows Server 2003 32bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 8.9.0.1023 13.10 MB 2009/08/11
The first "pre-install" driver extract to a 64Bit (bootdisk - Win XP 64?) and the second "I do not know when to use it" Driver extracts to a (iata_cd.exe).

This is where I am totally lost. Which RAID Driver and from where do I install during the clean install of Win 7.

I get the need for a USB Stick/Thumb Drive with the RAID Driver on it that Win 7 will ask to be pointed at, but which Driver????

I cannot extract anything from the iata_cd.exe. Tried 7-Zip, Universal Extractor and File Alyser - I do not see a Win 7 64Bit Raid Driver??

Do I point Win 7 at the whole file??

The first Driver states that it is for Win XP 64 Bit or Win Server 2003 64 Bit but it is extractable?

My new RAM and OS will arrive in the next couple of days so I really need help with this.

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10 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The pre-install driver will allow setup to install the files correcty on the RAID array this is offered for XP only.

When you have created the RAID array in the BIOS Utility and you launch the windows 7 setup does it show the new array as a possible install location? If so there is no need for a pre-install driver (Windows 7 supports a variety of RAID setup out of the box).

If you do need a pre-install driver, you have not been offered one for Windows 7/Vista on the Manufacturers website. The only solution to this I have found is to Download "7lite/Nlite" and build the "post install" driver into the Windows 7 image then burn a new disk (or burn to USB pen for faster install).

Hope this helps.
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10 Apr 2013   #3

Win 7 Starter 32 Bit
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for the rapid reply. At this stage I had not tried to install Win 7 64bit but the new RAM and OS Pack arrived this morning so I guess that's next.

Quote:
The only solution to this I have found is to Download "7lite/Nlite" and build the "post install" driver into the Windows 7 image then burn a new disk (or burn to USB pen for faster install).
Now I have a headache.

If Plan A does not work I will be back because that scares me.

Thanks ... I will be back asap. Hopefully full of good cheer, good will and happiness.
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10 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

If the RAID array is not seen on Installer Drive Selection screen you can Load Drivers at the link shown:
SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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10 Apr 2013   #5

Win 7 Starter 32 Bit
 
 

Hi,

Followed the link and it leads to a Tutorial. I could not find any links to Download the actual Drivers the Tutorial refers to.

Did I miss something?

Thanks for the reply.
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10 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Click on the download button below for the driver

download
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10 Apr 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you read the tutorial? It shows where to insert the driver during install which is what I said it was for.
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10 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Greg , I believe he wanted to know where to get the drivers cause the link didn't mention it . But I added the download of the driver on my post above .
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10 Apr 2013   #9

Win 7 Starter 32 Bit
 
 

Hi,

Yes I read the Tutorial and it refers to
Quote:
1) Copy your SATA drivers to a disk. (Floppy, CD, USB)
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The Tutorial does not show a link of where to get this Driver.

In the discussion after the Tutorial "theog" supplies this link

[QUOTE Hi alarober,

You will need drivers for your Sata Controller, NOT DRIVERS FOR YOUR HD.

As you have a Intel download from here: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...ntel%c2%ae+RST[/QUOTE]

That link ...

.... leads to a general Intel screen asking you to fill in details of your system etc and contains a banner which says in red letters - No Downloads Available.
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10 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Laopa

Click here the driver is there click on the DOWNLOAD button
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