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Vista AHCI Raid cd/dvd driver

Last response: in Windows Vista
June 10, 2008 3:26:05 PM

I'm trying to install a clean version of 32-bit Vista, but having problems. I just replaced my MB with a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H. I have 2 SATA HDD (500 each) which I'm going to run on Raid 0. I have 2 Asus SATA DVD-RW drives.

When I try to install Vista I receive an error message requesting the CD/DVD Drivers. There aren't any and I can't get past this point. If I change from Raid to AHCI in the Bios, it will let me install but recognizes the HDD as two separate drives.

1) Should I Install Vista in AHCI and at the point where it asks me where to install, install the Raid drivers? Should I also convert back to Raid after I've installed?
2) Keep trying to install Vista in Raid mode and find an old IDE drive to use?
3) Any other suggestions?

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June 18, 2008 3:32:10 PM

No, you can't switch between AHCI & RAID and expect your harddisks to work in RAID. Most likely you'll get a "bootmgr is missing" error at bootup.

If you're doing RAID, you must enable RAID in bios & set up the array prior to installing OS. Look at your mobo manual for how. Follow it to the letter.