Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Setting up RAID 0 and installing Win7 on it

17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows XP SP3
Setting up RAID 0 and installing Win7 on it

Hello, I'm new to setting up RAID arrays and installing Win7 and I'd just like to clear some things up. System:
MOBO: Asus P7P55D
CPU: Core i5 750
GPU: Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 700W

I currently have WinXP SP3 installed on a WD 1TB Green HDD. I recently bought two Intel X25-M's with 80GB each to put them in a RAID 0 array and to install Win7 on that array.
I know how to set up a RAID 0 array in BIOS but I have one question. I sort of figured out that I have to remove XP and set up the RAID 0 before installing Win7 or it won't work. Is that correct? So I basically have to remove XP, then set up RAID 0 in BIOS and then insert the Win7 DVD and start the setup. There's one more thing I'm not sure about; it said somewhere that I need to have a USB flash drive with the RAID driver in order to successfully install Win7 on the RAID 0 array. Is that really necessary?

I would really appreciate some help because I don't want to mess up anything. Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 64bit

How to set up a Raid 0, with SATA drives.

This is a simple guide on how to set up a raid 0. I recommend setting up a Raid 0 with an even number of identical SATA hard drives.
  • Install your hard drives in your case and plug the sata cables in. If you are planning to overclock, make sure you check your MOBO manual to see which sata ports are locked. You want to use the locked ports for the Raid 0.
  • Remove the jumpers from the back of the hard drives, and put them in a safe place for future use.
  • Prepare to format your computer. Get your windows disc, and the Sata/Raid floppy disc that came with your Mobo.
  • Set the bios to load from CD Rom first, Local Drive second, and Floppy third. (if you don’t have a floppy, you should. They are only 10 dollars. Otherwise borrow one from a friend.) I have had problems doing it with a usb drive in the past.

  • Start your computer, and put your windows CD in the CD Rom.
  • Shut down your computer.
  • Start your computer and go into the bios. (Press the delete key or your specified key) as the computer is booting up
  • In the bios find and enable the Raid/SATA Ports that you are using.
  • Exit the bios and get ready to push your F10 key, or whatever key your screen/manual tells you for entering the Flash/Raid Bios.

Now you’re in the Raid Bios.

There are four things you will need to do.

(All Raid bioses are a little different, but the premise is the same.)

  • Set the Stripe/Mirror section to Stripe.
  • Set the Stripe to 16kb, or 32kb. The larger you set the kb, the faster your raid will be BUT the larger you set the kb the less efficient use of hard drive space you will have. (If you have twice the hard drive you’ll ever use, set it high.)
  • Move you hard drives over to the array. The screen will show you your hard drives. You will need to move them over to the array.
  • At some point the Raid bios may ask you if you want to clean/wipe the drives. Say yes.
  • Exit the Raid bios.

Get ready to push F6 quickly

After you've exited the raid bios, it will boot into the windows install setup. When you see "press F6 to setup third party drivers, Hit F6, and insert the floppy disc(If you haven't already). Then it will start the normal format process. It won’t actually read from the floppy disc yet. (If you’ve never formatted a computer before, you have no business trying to set up a Raid)

Watch the bottom of the screen. When it asks you if you have third party drivers press F6 100 times, LOL. (It’s very important that your F keys are on. Some newer keyboards you must enable the F keys on the keyboard.)

Start normal format process.

  • If you have 2 X 100 gig hard drives, it will show up as a 190 gig partition.
  • Set it up NTFS
  • Do the long, not the quick format. You want to format the partition.
  • When it asks for the third party drivers put the Floppy in. Load both sets of drivers on the disc. It will ask for them one at a time. Load the first set on the list first. When that’s done, it will ask again. Load the second set on the list.
  • Leave the floppy in the drive until you’re done loading the full windows operating system. It may need access to the floppy disc during that time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Setting up RAID 0 and installing Win7 on it

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Installing Win7 on Raid mode Drive
Laptop Model Sony Vaio SVT13113EN 500GB HardDrive + 32 GB SSD SATA Mode set to RAID When i tried a clean install of windows 7 (Home premium) the installation setup couldn't detect my drive and I tried loading drivers from flash drive manually got the message "No signed drivers found.....". ...
Installation & Setup
Setting up Raid 0
Hey :) I'm looking to possibly setup Raid 0, using Asus Drive Xpert. I have a 750GB and my second hard drive is 1TB. Will I lose some memory off the 750GB drive? Cheers
Performance & Maintenance
Need help setting up RAID
Hi, im trying to setup a RAID0 with a vertex2 as my OS and 2 x 1tb hdd drives. i know the SSD works cause i had it running earlier today in non-RAID mode. Now for Raid, I Secure Erased Windows 7 to start from scratch. Checked made sure the boot wasn't frozen and set RAID setting in BIOS, but I...
Installation & Setup
Help with setting up RAID
Hey guys, I'm running a 500GB WD Blue SATA drive and thinking about getting another 500GB or 1TB internal drive. Wondering if anyone knew of a good tutorial for setting them up in a RAID. I am a complete noob to the idea. 'Nother question, Would I have to format my current drive to set it up...
Hardware & Devices
Setting up Win7 on Raid 0
I have never done a raid setup before and I don't know how to go about doing that. That said, I currently have 2 drives in my system. One has win xp pro installed and another has win7 pro. I just bought 2 300gb velociraptors. I want to set them up in raid0. On this, I want to install win7. I...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:23.
Twitter Facebook