Now all these drives are SATA 3 (6GB) compatible and the MB internal controllers are as such:
Intel® X79 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
The Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD is plugged into SATA6G_1.
The WD 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s Caviar Green Hard Drive is plugged into SATA6G_2
The 2 Velociraptor drives are plugged into SATA3G_3 & 4
SATAG_1 & 2 are occupied by optical drives.
Nothing is in the ASMedia Controller.
My goal is to load Window 7 Home Premium onto the SSD, RAID0 the 2 Raptor drives and have the 2TB as storage.
I have tried installing Windows while in AHCI Mode on the BIOS (BIOS Version 1305, latest). This loaded Windows and booted all ok, however when then trying to switch to RAID Mode after the Windows bootup logo appears the PC BSOD. After reading some forums I found the general consensus is that you cant load Windows in AHCI and then change to RAID.
So last night I installed Windows in RAID Mode, having to install the RAID Controller Drivers via USB. Windows installs, it then says it needs to restart to complete installation however I get this error:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1 Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2 Choose your langauge settings, and then click "Next".
3 Click "Repair your computer"
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt."
Now I have a iaStorA.sys on the USB but no idea how or where to put it into. Any and all help will be appreciated.
You probably need to load the RAID driver at Windows install, although I think that you can turn it on in the registry by changing a single key (if you want to do that you would have to change the Start key in this registry set to zero: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV), but my advice would be to do a clean re-install with bios in Raid mode, using these steps:
Install OS with SSD only and bios set to Raid.
The install Windows 7 with the Intel Raid driver
Then install the Intel chipset drivers and then the latest IRST drivers
Optimize the SSD as if it were in AHCI mode and the install your HDD pair and build an array
Whith all other drives disconnected, Connect your SSD to the Intel Sata III first port, set bios to Raid. Select Custom install. On page showing drive, select advanced and del all partitions. also on the page with drive check the box "have driver, show be lower left side). Select your (now unpartitioned HDD) and try your install.