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How to install Raid 0 Driver after installed XP

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July 25, 2008 7:56:05 AM

I need to created Raid 0 for my rig with win XP installed on it. I just bought 2 x 500 Gb Seagate SATA HDs.
After Reading the manual come with GA-EP45-DS4P. It said the RIAD driver must installed BEFORE in order windows to recognized the raid.
I don't want to format my hard disk to do this ! Is there anyway I can create raid 0 and install the driver after installed windows XP ?
I did try to created the Raid 0, but the windows XP failed to load and keep reboot by itself continuously because it missed the drivers .
Thanks for any helps !!

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July 25, 2008 12:42:42 PM

If you are adding the two new drives as additional storage, just connect them and check they both work as stanard first. If you then enable the raid controller, WinXP should detect new harware and you can then install the driver. Reboot and setup the array. When windows starts, Drive Manager should show the array, which you can then partition and format as you wish.

Mike.
July 25, 2008 6:38:33 PM

I did as you said and windows XP recognized the two drives as drive D: and E: I Goto bios setup, enable SATA as Raid, Saved the setting , after the rebooted, the new windows popup said I have new Raid and ask me to configure the new raid to raid level 0 , After I set the two new drives to raid 0, Assigned new raid 0 volume, saved the setting and reboot system again. Here it come the problem !!? After reboot and POST when it start loading windows the system keep resetting by itself at the point where the winXP logo appeared and keep doing it endlessly ???!
I had to hard resetting by press the reset button on my case. Then get into raid menu from bios, delete the raid volume, saved the setting and reboot system. the windows XP boot successfully .!!!
"The win XP could NOT load the raid because it missed the driver "
That 's what it said in manual book ! Is there anyway I can load the raid driver into win XP recognized the raid volume after I setup the raid volume from the bios so that when win XP loading it can recognized the volume ??
Thanks for all Inputs
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July 25, 2008 8:22:52 PM

Your ICH controller was/is probably in IDE mode when you installed Windows XP. In this case, when you switch the BIOS to RAID mode, Windows no longer has drivers to start up on that controller (i.e. the RAID drivers are not installed in the Windows installation). As a result, when Windows attempts to start up, it is actually giving you a blue screen error (STOP 0x0000007B), but then reboots so fast that you cannot see the blue screen.

If you actually want to see the blue screen, go into the System control panel, go to the Advanced tab, click the Settings button under the Startup and Recovery section, and uncheck Automatically Restart. Then attempt to start your machine up again after switching the BIOS to RAID mode and you will see the blue screen.

To successfully change your ICH to RAID mode and still allow your existing Windows installation to boot, you will need to follow the procedure in the Hard Disks forum Switching Storage Controllers without Reinstalling Windows.
July 26, 2008 12:22:20 AM

It was my mistake not clarify my question:
I had 3 HDs:
Master HDD is Seagate 1 TB Contain Win XP OS and applications.
The others two HDD are 2 x 500 Gb Seagate SATA. These two are the one I want to create Raid 0 volume, there is no OS or applications on these 2 HDD, just want to create raid 0 from these two HDD and I don't want to transfer Win XP OS to these 2 HDDs.
The system boot from my 1 TB Seagate HD.
I just want to create Raid 0 from these 2 x 500 Gb Seagate for my Video Editing storage.
Since I created raid 0 from bios, the windows XP refuse to boot even if I set the bios to boot from Seagate 1TB not from raid volume
any idea why this happen ???
July 27, 2008 3:25:14 AM

Yes, I perfectly understand that your system boots from the 1TB single drive.

What you're not understanding is that the 1TB drive (C) and your proposed RAID volume (2x 500GB drives) are on the same controller. If that controller is going to be in RAID mode to support the 2x 500GB drives, your Windows installation MUST have the RAID driver to boot from any drive connected to it, whether that boot drive is RAID or single.

Follow the procedure I linked to in my post.
July 27, 2008 6:46:38 PM

Thanks for your info SomeJoe !
I got this working this mornibg; What I Did:
1)- Load the Matrix Storage Manager driver ( from Intel Website ).
2)- Save and reboot computer.
3)- Go to GA-EP45-DS4P Bios enable RAID / AHCI to enable save and exit BIOS.
4)- Enter the RAID Configuration menu from Boot Up ( Pressed Ctrl + I ) configed 2 x 500 Seagate HDD as raid 0, save and exit.
This time the win XP boot up suceessfully and showed I had Raid 0 volume in my system.
Now I can go ahead to use my Adobe Master collection CS3 for my wedding from CD to DVD's
Thanks again for all helps and info ! You're the man, SomeJoe !
July 28, 2008 1:43:02 AM

Excellent. Yes, the Intel Matrix Storage Manager installation will install the proper drivers, which can then be used if the BIOS is changed to AHCI or RAID. This obviates the need for going through the full procedure I cited.

Glad you got it working.
October 14, 2008 2:41:51 PM

Hello,

I've been searching high and low for some help.. I have the same problem, I think.

I have just built my new pc, 3 hard drives, one 80GB Seagat Barracuda with Vista Business, then I have a nother two 500 Seagates. Those 2 are not formatted yet.

My motherboard is a ASUS M3a78-EMH-HDMI

At the beginning I tried going into the BIOS to change sata type to raid etc (I found that info elsewhere), but then when I rebooted it wouldn't recognise any of my drives.


I needed tio use the internet so the only thing i could do was to change it back and just install the OS. I don't have a clue what to do. Do need another controller? I need to buy one? I have raidxpert installed from my MOBO CD but it's just jubberish to me, I don't know if that's the raid drivers or what.

Please help.
October 14, 2008 6:46:31 PM

I am using Vista Business 32bit.
July 3, 2009 8:42:24 PM

i also got the problem. I installed window xp after that i enable raid in bios and it already had raid 1, end up my window cant boot up. it displayed error message " error loading operating system " anybody could help me please? and also even cant go to bios setup. :( 
February 16, 2010 11:48:55 PM

jean quang said:
Thanks for your info SomeJoe !
I got this working this mornibg; What I Did:
1)- Load the Matrix Storage Manager driver ( from Intel Website ).
2)- Save and reboot computer.
3)- Go to GA-EP45-DS4P Bios enable RAID / AHCI to enable save and exit BIOS.
4)- Enter the RAID Configuration menu from Boot Up ( Pressed Ctrl + I ) configed 2 x 500 Seagate HDD as raid 0, save and exit.
This time the win XP boot up suceessfully and showed I had Raid 0 volume in my system.
Now I can go ahead to use my Adobe Master collection CS3 for my wedding from CD to DVD's
Thanks again for all helps and info ! You're the man, SomeJoe !



the intel matrix storage manager will not successully install unless the bios is set to raid.
August 26, 2012 1:51:45 AM

Hey, i just spent around 4 or 5 days non stop trying to change my system from being installed on a single 240gb ssd to raid 0 on 2 ssds totaling around 480gps, now i didnt want to start from scartch (reinstalling windows, programs, etc) so initially i had windows 7 ultimate 64 bit installed with native ide on 1 ssd, now the problem was that i ran out of that 240gb, so i read into it that instead of buying a ssd thats 480gps it would be more beneficial to buy the same ssd and turn it on raid 0, performance boost and cheaper, so i brought another one, backedup the ssd drive into an image on another hdd, setup the raid array, recovered the image onto the new raid array, but from there on i had problems, anyway, after researching and going through 100s of pages on the new about reg tweaks, raid setups, windows settups, installing programs and so on, since everywhere i read each guide still had so much stuff left out, i wrote out the perfect guide on it, so that i know exactly whats what so i dont get stuck again, anyway, i thought its only right that i share this knowledge to the world to save people time and know how to go about this, so here is the guide, just a tip, read every single thing to educate yourself the most and know exactly what is what:

first of all disconnect all sata ports, connect the drive that we will backup, and the drive that we will backup to, to port 4, 5, because we will later enable ports 0, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 to raid and if the drives were connected those ports, windows wouldve rebooted on "windows starting", by default with this system raid is disabled, if it isnt disable it then start the pc, keep pressing del to get into the bios, go to integrated peripherals, go to onchip sata controller, enable, onchip sata type, native ide, onchip sata3.0 support, enable, onboard gsata/ide ctrl, enable, onboard sata/ide ctrl mode, ide, press f10, press enter, reboot to windows, go to start, in the search box type regedit, press enter, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\, for the following list, click on the folder of the same name from the list, then within the folder on the right, double click on start and change the paremeter to the information from the list:
atapi Start = 3 (THIS IS IDE, HAVE IT ON 3 SINCE 3 MEANS OFF)
iaStor = 3 (THIS IS INTEL RAID, HAVE IT ON 3 SINCE 3 MEANS OFF)
iastorV Start = 0 (THIS IS WINDOWS RAID, HAVE IT ON 0 SINCE 0 MEANS ON)
intelide Start = 3 (THIS IS IDE, HAVE IT ON 3 SINCE 3 MEANS OFF)
msahci Start = 3 (THIS IS AHCI, HAVE IT ON 3 SINCE 3 MEANS OFF)
pciide = 3 (THIS IS IDE, HAVE IT ON 3 SINCE 3 MEANS OFF)
once done go to file, exit, shut down the pc without force rebooting, so the software raid is now manually configured, installed and all ports will read the drives if set to raid, reboot, keep pressing del to get into the bios, go to integrated peripherals, onchip sata, raid (THIS ENABLES RAID ON PORTS 0, 1, 2, 3, BUT WINDOWS WONT BOOT WITHOUT THE NEXT CONFIGURATIONs SO DO IT TOO), onchip sata port4/5 type, sata as sata, (THIS ENABLES RAID ON PORTS 4, 5), onchip sata raid5 support, disable (THIS IS NECESSARY OTHERWISE WINDOWS WONT BOOT), onboard sata/ide ctrl mode, raid/ide, (THIS ENABLES RAID ON PORTS 6 AND 7, AND MAKES THE ONCHIP SATA BOOT UP, IT IS VERY NECESARY WE ENABLE THIS RAID, BECAUSE IF WE DONT TURN THIS ON THEN PLUG THE SATA CABLE INTO PORT 0, 1, 2, 3 WINDOWS WILL REBOOT, BUT WITH THE ONBOARD SATA/IDE CTRL MODE ON RAID/IDE, YOU CAN CONNECT IT TO PORTS 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 AND WINDOWS WILL BOOT UP, now that the raid is setup through software and hardware you wont get errors like say you connect cd dvd drive to a raid configured port, that drive will encounter errors like when installing windows you will get an error saying: "a required cd dvd drive device driver is missing..." or when your recovering a backup using acronis "failed to read from sector 0 of hard disk 1", and other hard drives wont even be viewable), press f10, press enter, reboot to windows, once rebooted into windows, at the bottom right you can see a little green dot spinning, this is windows installing drivers for the raid controllers, once its done it will ask you to restart, so click on restart now, once back in windows, give it 5 minutes to see if windows will install more drivers automatically, if not turn of the pc, disconnect all the sata cables from the ports, and connect the drive we are going to back up to the blue port 0, the new ssd drive to port 1, the drive we are going to back up to to port 2 and a cd dvd drive to port 3, once again very necessary that we connect to the blue port as its sata 3 which means its 6gps rather then the white port which is sata 2 3gps, once done, turn the pc on, again check if windows installs drivers, if it does and asks you to reboot, do so, repeat until it doesnt install any more, once thats done, go to start > all programs > acronis > acronis true image home > acronis true image home, back up system, at the top right click on multiple systems selected, then at further top right, click on click on switch to disk mode, check the source drive, in destination select the destination drive you want to write to, in the backup scheme, click on the blue hyperlink, in the backup method select full, at the bottom left check save the settings as default, click on the performance tab, in compression level click and drag to none, click on ok, click on backup now at the bottom right, this may take an hour or more, once done, click on the backup and recovery tab at the top, click on create bootable media, click on next, check everything, click on next twice, select your disc writer, click on next, put a compact disc into your disc writer, click on proceed, click on ok when done, make a note of the name, drive letter, model number, data size, of the source drive and the destination drive, close the program and shut down the pc, start the pc, now there will be a boot bios screen, then raid setup utility, on that screen, and only then (dont tap as it wont work) ctrl + f, press 2 to enter ld view / ld define menu, press ctrl + c, to scroll through the selection press up or down, to change the parameter space, change raid mode to raid 0, for stripe block, the higher the number the faster performance for larger files, for example video games, videos, and so on, whilst smaller the number is for smaller files like text files, word and so on, but since im a media person, video games, media, the best would be larger for me so choose 128 kb, now go down to the drive selection, press space to change the parameter to y, change to y to the drives you want in the array, press ctrl + y to save settings, then again, and change the name to programs, press enter, press ctrl + y again to erase the master boot record of those disks, press any key to use maximum capacity of the array, now you are done and can press esc to exit the setup, press esc then y to reboot, now to restore the image to the new hdd, disconnect all usb drives expect the mouse and keyboard, boot the pc and keep pressing 12 to enter boot menu, insert the compact disc in the disc writer, select cdrom, press enter, select acronis true image home, press enter, in recover click on my disks, navigate to the recovery file, click on next, make sure recover whole disks and partitions are checked, click on next, check everything, check the drive we are going to recover to (the raid array), click on next, click on proceed, the programs drive should have increase the capacity to max and the active partition should be the system reserved one, check restart the computer when recovery is completed, once done and back in windows, eject the disk, windows may install drivers again, once its done it will ask you to restart, so click on restart now, once back in windows, give it 5 minutes to see if windows will install more drivers automatically, if not turn off the pc, connect the rest of the drives to the sata ports, now turn on the pc and keep pressing del to enter the bios, advanced bios features, hard disk boot priority, change the new raid array to the top, press f10, press y, press enter to reboot, now that your back in windows, windows may install drivers again, once its done it will ask you to restart, so click on restart now, once back in windows, give it 5 minutes to see if windows will install more drivers automatically, if it doesnt, check that all the drives appear in my computer and are assigned the correct drive letter, if they are not, go to start, search, disk management, press enter, right click on each disk one by one at the bottom where the blue rows are, (excluding the raid array), change drive letter and path, click on remove, click on yes twice, repeat but this time add and assing the letter to the list above, including the cd dvd drive, once done, reboot the pc.

hope this helps you

Tomas Mascinskas
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