i have a problem with booting into the desktop....and it happens with vista or xp...it gets to the status screen,,,,the bubble goes across the screen, and will go into the desktop....sometimes if i boot with last know config,,,it might go into the desktop then
i am running amd gig ma790gp-ds4h motherboard, and have 2 seagate hard drives...they are same model #,,but different in storage size -500 vs 320.....
my thoughts are that the 2 different size hard drives are causing me problems.....something just different about em,,,even though same model number....seagates 7200.11
thanks for helping with suggestions....i have dismantled the raid array, and finally got windows xp running...i am not sure what the problem is...sort of think its got something to do with the seagate drives maybe,,,,,i should try another make hard drive and see what happens....i have run chkdsk, messed with the ahci and ide settings , drivers......spent a lot of time on it......
XP creates partitions at 31.5KiB offset or 63 sectors - an odd value that destroys many of the benefits of striping RAID. That's why RAID performed so poor under Windows all these times.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 create partitions the proper way - with 1024KiB offset which means it is aligned with all RAID0/RAID0+1 and SSDs; however some RAID5 are still unaligned with this offset and would need manual adjustment. Windows does not support using bare disks without partitions, which would have solved this issue. Windows also doesn't support dynamic stripe sizes, like ZFS does.
well....one thing i just found out, and will give raid a try today again,,is that in vista..you need no raid drivers for the 3rd party drivers....the drivers are included in the operating system...so that could be my problem.