Vista hangs during fresh installation.

Please help me. I am having serious difficulty installing Windows Vista Ultimate. I belive the problem lies with the SATA HDD that I have. I have attempted to reseach the issue, but have been unable to solve the problem.

My Settings
My motherboard is a: GA-965P-S3.

I have a Seagate 7200.10 (ST3320620AS) 320GB Serial ATA300 HDD.

The HDD is connected in the slot labelled "SATAII0", the other available slots are the "SATAII1", "SATAII2", "SATAII3" and two others labelled "GSATAII0" and GSATAII1"

In the "Intergrated Peripherals" section of the BIOS the following options are selected:

SATA Port0-3 Native Mode: Disabled
Onboard SATA/IDE Device: Enabled
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode: AHCI

The Problem
I am attempting to make a fresh installation. The HDD is blank.

I load the Vista installation and work my way to the format harddrive section.

I load the following driver via A:\xraid_f.inf which is the SATA RAID driver I optained for the website here:

At the moment the installation hangs after the first initial restart at "Completing Installation".

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Format the HDD from a boot disc, rather than from the Vista CD.

    I also have a question about the RAID driver: Are you running RAID? Cos you shouldn't need or use it if you aren't.
  2. I am not running RAID.

    I don't know how to access A:\ from an empty HDD, or where I would find boot drivers.
  3. I attempted to run the installation without installing any drivers and received a similar problem.

    I don't know how to boot to the A:\ Once I get to DOS I should be sweet to format my HDD. Where can I get the boot drivers I need. I went to a few websites and found DOS drivers, but I can't load them onto my disk, something about incompatiable formats.

    Please help, my computer is currently serving as a heating element in my room.

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