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October 2, 2010 7:32:13 PM

I'm new to RAID installation and I'm having a few issues with installing Windows 7 on my array.

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
2 x 500GB WD CAVIAR BLUE

Here's the steps I've already gone through:
1. Set my storage configuration to RAID
2. SATA ports 1-4 = RAID & SATA ports 5-6 = IDE
3. Restarted and configured my array so my HDD's are in RAID0 with 128k striping size and the capacity is 999.99GB
4. Began Windows 7 installation

I've loaded the RAID drivers to a USB drive provided by the software that came with my motherboard. I start the Win7 installation and choose "custom installation." No HDD's are posting at this point. I select the "Load Drivers' option and will navigate through my USB drive to the RAID drivers. I'll select next and I'm prompted with "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows installation."

I'm left scratching my head at this point and I can't progress any further. I've tried also tried the Vista drivers to no avail. The drivers from the ASUS support site have the same issue.

I've been searching forums and can't get a direct answer. Please help!
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October 2, 2010 8:17:01 PM

Try installing Windows normally without loading any special drivers. Windows 7 already includes drivers for most motherboard RAID implementations that use the Intel ICH chipsets.
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October 2, 2010 8:24:00 PM

The array isn't on the drive list. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
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October 2, 2010 9:28:55 PM

Evidently, but I'm not sure what it is.

Anyone else?
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October 2, 2010 10:10:44 PM

> Windows 7 already includes drivers for most motherboard RAID implementations that use the Intel ICH chipsets.

That motherboard does not have an Intel ICH chipset;
it has an AMD 790X Northbridge and an AMD SB750 Southbridge:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


While I'm checking your motherboard's User Manual,
try setting all of your SATA ports to RAID mode in the BIOS.


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October 2, 2010 10:26:49 PM

On Page 3-10, under "Storage Configuration",
it looks as if you need to ENABLE "OnChip SATA Channel"
and then change "OnChip SATA Type" to RAID.

Then, read all of Chapter 4.4: RAID Configurations
e.g. you must run the Option ROM to assign HDDs to arrays
or to JBOD mode (Just A Bunch Of Disks).

Use Cntl-F to invoke that Option ROM, as described
on Page 4-13.


Then, for any HDDs that are non-RAID (aka "JBOD")
the controller should identify them as such.


Also, I'm not at all familiar with AMD's 790X chipset,
so you should confirm what I'm saying here
with someone who has direct experience with the 790X.


Lastly, WD's Caviar Blues are NOT "RAID Edition" ("RE"),
so they are not recommended for any RAID arrays.


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October 3, 2010 12:50:39 AM

I have used these drives in a RAID config before and ran into the same problem. I just can't remember what I did.

I have made my drive assignments and created my array. It shows them as RAID0 in POST. My problem is with the RAID drivers in the windows installation. It says they're not digitally signed and won't let me load them. They're shown in the raid driver load menu, but I'm prompted with this: "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows installation."
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October 3, 2010 1:58:11 AM

Well, I found some drivers that worked (I think). Now I'll get up to the Windows logo and I'll get a BSOD then the system restarts. The BSOD only stays up for a fraction of a second.
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October 3, 2010 4:46:36 PM

It seems that my problem is getting the correct RAID drivers. Does anybody have any experience with SB750 or know where to get working RAID drivers for it?
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August 21, 2011 6:38:10 PM

jcv0085 said:
It seems that my problem is getting the correct RAID drivers. Does anybody have any experience with SB750 or know where to get working RAID drivers for it?


If you have found the answer to this, please share with the rest of us. I'm having the same exact problem.
email me at: evans_dav@hotmail.com
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December 23, 2011 2:52:45 AM

jcv0085 said:
I'm new to RAID installation and I'm having a few issues with installing Windows 7 on my array.

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
2 x 500GB WD CAVIAR BLUE

Here's the steps I've already gone through:
1. Set my storage configuration to RAID
2. SATA ports 1-4 = RAID & SATA ports 5-6 = IDE
3. Restarted and configured my array so my HDD's are in RAID0 with 128k striping size and the capacity is 999.99GB
4. Began Windows 7 installation

I've loaded the RAID drivers to a USB drive provided by the software that came with my motherboard. I start the Win7 installation and choose "custom installation." No HDD's are posting at this point. I select the "Load Drivers' option and will navigate through my USB drive to the RAID drivers. I'll select next and I'm prompted with "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows installation."

I'm left scratching my head at this point and I can't progress any further. I've tried also tried the Vista drivers to no avail. The drivers from the ASUS support site have the same issue.

I've been searching forums and can't get a direct answer. Please help!




Thanks... In got it which i want..

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