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RAID 0 with 2 Raptor 74 Gb - Windows Freezes During Install

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March 9, 2010 11:47:01 PM

Alright so I bought a couple (used) 74 GB WD Raptor WD740ADFD drives. My home desktop is currently not working, as my video card died. I work as a systems technician, and am able to mess around on a 2nd computer at work. I used each of the drives, and installed Windows 7 on them. Ran a performance test and they were super fast. But when I go to install them as RAID 0, setup won't finish.

The computer: HP DC7900, business computer
The drives: WD Raptor 74 GB WD740ADFD x 2

So I've played around with RAID quite a few times on this work computer, but always using the drives that came shipped with the computer. I believe they are Seagate Barracuda 7200.xx 160 GB drives (can't remember which version exactly). I've set up raid with 2 and up to 5 drives. Worked perfectly and Windows setup went smoothly.

When trying to setup with the Raptor drives now, Windows install will freeze right after copying all files to the hard drive. For Windows 7, it freezes at the black "Starting Windows" screen with the animated Windows logo. Setup won't even get far enough to let me install drivers or anything.

So I guess my question is...is it because of the computer I'm trying to set this up on, or is there something I can do to fix this? I might try to borrow a PCIe video card from work this weekend so I can try installing them at home, but it's driving my crazy that I can't get them to work on my work computer.

If anyone has any info that may help, or if you need more information, just let me know! Thanks!

Logan
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March 23, 2010 3:59:23 AM

I'm thinking it might be the drives. Have you tried sticking them into another computer, with different hardware, and trying to install Windows 7 on them as well?
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March 23, 2010 12:00:49 PM

On my work PCs, I could install Windows 7 on each of them separately, but together as a RAID 0 I couldn't. I brought them home and was able to install Windows 7 on my EVGA 780i SLI motherboard. But when running the boot cd of the WD memory test, it told me to call technical support for one of the drives for a "SMART Error." So I contacted them and they just had me return the drive. So I figure instead of actually installing 7 and having my drive fail soon, I'll return it now.
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