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installing windows 7 for the first time, trying to get a raid 0 configuration with the MSI 990FXA-GD80v2

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December 30, 2013 7:02:09 PM

When I try to install windows with sata mode set to raid windows asks for drivers for the cd drive to install.

When I try to install windows with sata mode set to ide windows says it cant create or find a partition on the one drive that does show up.

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December 30, 2013 7:13:52 PM

the first one was the way to go, you will need the RAID drivers of your motherboard, you can download them from the mobo's website.

After that, you can use the program "RT Seven Lite" to add those RAID drivers to your Windows installation CD (this guide should be easy to follow: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/145343-slipstream-...)
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December 30, 2013 7:16:45 PM

I think installing the iso onto a USB, for me, fixed the "missing drivers" problem. And it had to be in a USB 2.0 port didn't work in a 3.0 port.
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December 30, 2013 7:17:18 PM

a USB thumb drive, google installing windows ISO to thumb drive
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December 31, 2013 6:26:29 AM

I tried installing from a USB and the system asks for a proper boot device or to insert boot media in selected boot device. As if there is nothing to boot from. I followed these instructions for creating the usb boot media, http://pcsupport.about.com/od/software-tools/a/create-i...
Shouldn't there be a way to use the CD/DVD drive while in raid mode?
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December 31, 2013 7:43:55 AM

You need to make the partition active on the thumb drive to be able to boot from it... you can do this from an Elevated Command Prompt (Administrator mode) using Diskpart.

Open the Command Prompt by right clicking and selecting Run as Admin then type the following commands (make sure there is no info on the USB stick you want to keep)

diskpart
list disk
select disk # (replace # with the number of the thumb drive in the list)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=ntfs quick
assign
exit

after that, you can copy the contents of the ISO file to the drive and it will be a bootable windows installation media
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December 31, 2013 9:35:47 AM

If he made the thumb drive ISO using a tutorial it should be read as a bootable media, he just needs to change the boot priority order for USB first. Assuming the motherboard supports this. most new one do
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December 31, 2013 9:36:25 AM

Do u know how to access your BIOS?
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a b $ Windows 7
December 31, 2013 9:37:36 AM

You didnt just drag the ISO onto the stick did u? U had to use some ISO burning software to do it properly
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