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Windows 7: Windows 7 install ate my arrays

07 Jul 2010   #1
dr ill

XP/7 64
Windows 7 install ate my arrays

Hello all. I’ve had a major dilemma with a fresh Windows 7 64 bit install. Had a machine with XP 32 on a mirrored array, I created a second mirror array and did a fresh Window 7 install to that array. During the install at some point when I walked away the machine froze up on a restart, Indicating that it is “detecting Array”. The machine would not boot even from the DVD or move past this lock up. I could not even get at the System set up till I disconnected all hard drives. I finally figured out that the only way to boot is to remove the RAID capability from the HDs in the system set up. So the question is how can I rebuild/recover, or reinstate the RAID arrays if the only way the thing will boot is with RAID disabled? I know I could wipe the drives and do fresh re-installs, but would prefer a better solution. The Windows 7 likely did not fully install as it never asked for a RAID driver. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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07 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Win7 is somewhat allergic to RAID and is best installed to single HD which is not arrayed.

If you want RAID, then try installing your RAID driver at the Load Drivers link on "Where do you want to install Windows" screen.
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