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BIOS is not seeing SATA RAID

By tuffgi ·
MoBo: MSI K9N2 AM2+ nForce 750a
2Gig Ram
Radeon HD4550
X2 Seagate 1.5 TB

I set up the Raid in the BIOS and when the Riad util starts it sees both drives and says they are healthy. However, I do not see the SATA drives in the BIOS. When I try to install Vista I don't see the drives. If I set the BIOS to IDE it works fine but I would rather run the drives striped Raid (0). I have tried every setting in the BIOS to read the drives in Raid with no success. It seems pretty straight forward. What am I missing/

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Did you check that the RAID

by ComputerCookie In reply to BIOS is not seeing SATA R ...

drivers are compatible with Vista?

Did you press F6 when prompted to install the RAID driver before you proceed with the Vista install

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RAID Drives

by willcomp In reply to BIOS is not seeing SATA R ...

are not usually displayed in the main BIOS.

As computercookie said -- you likely need F6 drivers for the RAID controller.

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Where you are going wrong here is that you need to

by OH Smeg In reply to BIOS is not seeing SATA R ...

Press the F6 Key when the first blue screen appears in the Windows Installer and when prompted insert a Floppy with the RAID Drivers copied to it's Root in the A Drive and install the RAID Drivers there.

If you don't have access to a Floppy you can Slipstream the RAID Driver to a Vista Install Disc with vLite available for download here

http://www.vlite.net/download.html

don't forget to read the instructions on their Web Site here

http://www.vlite.net/help/

BIOS normally can not see any RAID Arrays as it loads before the RAID Drivers are applied and loaded tot he system.

Col

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Flash Drive

by willcomp In reply to Where you are going wrong ...

With Vista you can use a flash drive in lieu of a floppy drive for F6 driver installation. Also believe you can use a CD but flash drive is more convenient.

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Yep I know

by OH Smeg In reply to Flash Drive

I just like to follow the KISS Principal and not confuse the OP too much.

Col

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KISS

by tuffgi In reply to Yep I know

True that... :)

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Keep It Slip-Streamed?

by seanferd In reply to Yep I know
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That is one big plus

by Jacky Howe In reply to Flash Drive

with Vista and Windows 7 being able to access USB instead of a Floppy. I wonder if the BIOS manufacturers could allocate A and B drive to USB.

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Never happen

by ComputerCookie In reply to That is one big plus

to logical, in a real world you'd expect something like that.

However, its taken many years for them to boost L2 cache and now they're out to at least 12 MB shared on Quad core processors even though XP and Vista can't recognise the shared L2 so it defaults to 256 KB (too lazy to load W7 so I don't know about it).

Obviously legislation is useless as you only have to look at the USB experiment!!!

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Could you imagine if it was in a real world using this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Never happen
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