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how to slipstream RAID/SATA drivers into WinXP boot cd?

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March 1, 2005 1:55:12 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

I'm about to install 2 SATA drives that I intend to run in a RAID array. I
don't have a floppy drive, so I've been following the instructions in this
how-to article about slipstreaming SATA/RAID drivers into my Windows XP boot
CD. This is the first time I've tried something like this, though, so I have
a couple of questions.

The first is pretty basic. How do I know which drivers I need to install?
I'm checking out the directory on the CD that came with my mobo, and under
Promise, there are two folders that look like they could be what I'm looking
for. But then again, maybe not. One is called 378ATA and the other is called
378RAID. There is also a folder called VIARAID, under which is a folder
called 6420RAID, and beneath that, a folder called SATA. How do I know which
one I need? Shall I just copy the XP .sys files from all of them to be safe?

The second question is a little more specific. Once I've found/copied the
appropriate .sys files, in the article it says:

quote:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Now that we've added our RAID/SATA driver files to the mix, we need to
tell Windows Setup about the existence of these drivers and how to use them.
You'll need to look it up in your driver's INF file. This file is usually
found in the same place as the SYS file you located in the previous step and
will probably have the same name, albeit with an INF extension. Open the INF
file in Notepad and copy the PCI identifier string, which is a series of
characters beginning with PCI\VEN-for instance, PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3376. There
may be other text on the same line as the identifier string; if this is the
case, start at the first occurrence of PCI\VEN and copy the text up to but
not including the last period (or the end of the line, whichever comes
first). If your driver's INF file contains multiple PCI identifier strings,
copy all of them into TXTSETUP.SIF.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Now in the case of one of the .INF files associated with a .sys file I think
I need to copy, there appear to be two PCI identifier strings. The first is:

%PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc% = viasraid , PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149

So does that mean I ought to only copy the part that says
PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149? Do I copy the whole thing? And in either case, do I
include the percentage symbol at the beginning of the line?

The second PCI identifier string seems to be:

PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc="VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller"

Again, do I just copy up to the period? If so, it appears it would be the
same as the string I copied before. Or should I copy the whole line?

These are the most specific questions I've asked on these forums. I hope
they aren't too technical. I would certainly appreciate any help you can
provide and am happy to clarify if you need me to. Thank you.
March 1, 2005 2:59:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

Your Motherboard Manual [or in some case a separate RAID manual] will provide
all the information pertaining to the files that are required for the
purposes to which you intend to use RAID.

Remeber that there are 3 basic types of use for RAID - basic, stripe and
mirror.

Read more about slipstreaming:
http://unattended.msfn.org/

"nikko" wrote:

> I'm about to install 2 SATA drives that I intend to run in a RAID array. I
> don't have a floppy drive, so I've been following the instructions in this
> how-to article about slipstreaming SATA/RAID drivers into my Windows XP boot
> CD. This is the first time I've tried something like this, though, so I have
> a couple of questions.
>
> The first is pretty basic. How do I know which drivers I need to install?
> I'm checking out the directory on the CD that came with my mobo, and under
> Promise, there are two folders that look like they could be what I'm looking
> for. But then again, maybe not. One is called 378ATA and the other is called
> 378RAID. There is also a folder called VIARAID, under which is a folder
> called 6420RAID, and beneath that, a folder called SATA. How do I know which
> one I need? Shall I just copy the XP .sys files from all of them to be safe?
>
> The second question is a little more specific. Once I've found/copied the
> appropriate .sys files, in the article it says:
>
> quote:
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Now that we've added our RAID/SATA driver files to the mix, we need to
> tell Windows Setup about the existence of these drivers and how to use them.
> You'll need to look it up in your driver's INF file. This file is usually
> found in the same place as the SYS file you located in the previous step and
> will probably have the same name, albeit with an INF extension. Open the INF
> file in Notepad and copy the PCI identifier string, which is a series of
> characters beginning with PCI\VEN-for instance, PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3376. There
> may be other text on the same line as the identifier string; if this is the
> case, start at the first occurrence of PCI\VEN and copy the text up to but
> not including the last period (or the end of the line, whichever comes
> first). If your driver's INF file contains multiple PCI identifier strings,
> copy all of them into TXTSETUP.SIF.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
> Now in the case of one of the .INF files associated with a .sys file I think
> I need to copy, there appear to be two PCI identifier strings. The first is:
>
> %PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc% = viasraid , PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149
>
> So does that mean I ought to only copy the part that says
> PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149? Do I copy the whole thing? And in either case, do I
> include the percentage symbol at the beginning of the line?
>
> The second PCI identifier string seems to be:
>
> PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc="VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller"
>
> Again, do I just copy up to the period? If so, it appears it would be the
> same as the string I copied before. Or should I copy the whole line?
>
> These are the most specific questions I've asked on these forums. I hope
> they aren't too technical. I would certainly appreciate any help you can
> provide and am happy to clarify if you need me to. Thank you.
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 1, 2005 12:13:49 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

nikko wrote:
> I'm about to install 2 SATA drives that I intend to run in a RAID
> array. I don't have a floppy drive, so I've been following the
> instructions in this how-to article about slipstreaming SATA/RAID
> drivers into my Windows XP boot CD. This is the first time I've tried
> something like this, though, so I have a couple of questions.
>
> The first is pretty basic. How do I know which drivers I need to
> install? I'm checking out the directory on the CD that came with my
> mobo, and under Promise, there are two folders that look like they
> could be what I'm looking for. But then again, maybe not. One is
> called 378ATA and the other is called 378RAID. There is also a folder
> called VIARAID, under which is a folder called 6420RAID, and beneath
> that, a folder called SATA. How do I know which one I need? Shall I
> just copy the XP .sys files from all of them to be safe?
> The second question is a little more specific. Once I've found/copied
> the appropriate .sys files, in the article it says:
>
> quote:
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Now that we've added our RAID/SATA driver files to the mix, we need
> to tell Windows Setup about the existence of these drivers and how to
> use them. You'll need to look it up in your driver's INF file. This
> file is usually found in the same place as the SYS file you located
> in the previous step and will probably have the same name, albeit
> with an INF extension. Open the INF file in Notepad and copy the PCI
> identifier string, which is a series of characters beginning with
> PCI\VEN-for instance, PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3376. There may be other text
> on the same line as the identifier string; if this is the case, start
> at the first occurrence of PCI\VEN and copy the text up to but not
> including the last period (or the end of the line, whichever comes
> first). If your driver's INF file contains multiple PCI identifier
> strings, copy all of them into TXTSETUP.SIF.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
> Now in the case of one of the .INF files associated with a .sys file
> I think I need to copy, there appear to be two PCI identifier
> strings. The first is:
> %PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc% = viasraid , PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149
>
> So does that mean I ought to only copy the part that says
> PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149? Do I copy the whole thing? And in either case,
> do I include the percentage symbol at the beginning of the line?
>
> The second PCI identifier string seems to be:
>
> PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149.DeviceDesc="VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller"
>
> Again, do I just copy up to the period? If so, it appears it would be
> the same as the string I copied before. Or should I copy the whole
> line?
> These are the most specific questions I've asked on these forums. I
> hope they aren't too technical. I would certainly appreciate any help
> you can provide and am happy to clarify if you need me to. Thank you.



TXTSETUP.SIF


[HardwareIdsDatabase]
PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3249 = "viamraid"
PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3149 = "viamraid"
PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3164 = "viamraid"

[SourceDisksFiles]
VIAMRAID.INF = 1,,,,,,_x,4,1

[SCSI.Load]
VIAMRAID = VIAMRAID.SYS,4

[SCSI]
VIAMRAID = "VIA SATA RAID Controller"

This is what I think. Burn your first CD with cdrw media, so you don't
burn a coaster if it doesn't work, and test by booting into the XP
install. Get to the point where the install asks what partition do you
want to install XP on. If you can see the partitions on your Via SATA
RAID array, then your slipstreaming worked, and then you can back out of
the install.

Good Luck!

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