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April 6, 2012 12:20:22 PM

All,

I've been searching everywhere to no avail, and I've had a lot of luck asking other questions here in the past... Potentially this could belong in the Motherboards forums, though, I don't think anything is wrong in that regard.

I have a new build I'm working on (far too much):

Intel i7 3930k
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
ASUS P9X79 Mobo
2x Intel 520 SSDs to be run in RAID 0 (plugged in to the Intel 6.0 SATA slots)
Nvidia GTX 680
etc.

To begin, I have updated my BIOS to the latest, Firmware on the SSDs was already at the latest, and set the drives to run RAID mode in the UEFI BIOS, then this allowed me to configure the drives in the Intel Storage Manager, nothing too new to me, I've done RAID 0 SSDs before, just not on x79. The drivers for x79's RAID Controller weren't around for Windows 7 SP1's release apparently, so upon booting from the DVD Drive, a prompt will display to install drivers for the SATA/RAID controller, drivers you can't swap CDs for but have to use a Flash Drive for.

The X79 uses a series of RSTe drivers, and the most recent one (that they haven't pulled), is the one I'm trying to use. I grabbed this from Intel's website, but I've tried tons of older (and pulled) versions of their c600 x79 SATA/RAID RSTe controller drivers, and it constantly tells me to check with my vendor for updated drivers.

So I tried dragging and dropping my files to a bootable partition HDD, where I can install Windows from the external hard drive (I didn't have a Flash Drive large enough, but it's configured the same way). For this, I put the same files onto the external, but added in the SATA/RAID drivers as well. Initially, I didn't know you had to press F6 to get the prompt to display for finding additional drivers when a partition is found (the external) that obviously can't be installed to. When I did this though, I had a different error, stating I could not use unsigned x64 Drivers. ARGH!

I suppose I might be close though... can anyone provide some insight as to what is happening here, and how I might be able to Bypass the check for unsigned drivers (I know they're correct and will work)? I think I could make a RT 7 Lite customized install, which I tried as well, and got yet ANOTHER problem, probably due to how I customized the image to include Boot Drivers that caused it to complain that required drivers, iaStorA.sys, the one in question here, were not found on the customized Windows 7 install and were required to even get to the point where I could load them by pressing F6 (or when it prompts me to).
So here I am, 10 hours and 1 hour of sleep later, trying to figure this out.


Thanks all.

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a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 6, 2012 2:40:52 PM
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I've used one of (2) Intel RSTE drivers, those listed on ASUS's site - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_2011/P9X7... (Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver Software V3.0.0.2003) and Intel's - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&... (RSTE_3.0.0.3020_F6-Drivers.zip)

I really only recommend a Flash Drive install as I've posted in the link you referenced. It defiantly works, I'm running RAID on my ASUS X79. Further, I've seen folks have problems using both the Windows 7 DVD + Flash Drive, so I can only strongly recommend you go out and get a Flash Drive. I've only heard about folks creating a bootable Custom DVD and having success, but I've never attempted myself.

Select Custom (Advanced)

(F6) instead click on Load Driver
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April 6, 2012 2:43:36 PM

Best answer selected by rekijitsu.
April 6, 2012 2:44:45 PM

jaquith said:
I've used one of (2) Intel RSTE drivers, those listed on ASUS's site - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_2011/P9X7... (Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver Software V3.0.0.2003) and Intel's - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&... (RSTE_3.0.0.3020_F6-Drivers.zip)

I really only recommend a Flash Drive install as I've posted in the link you referenced. It defiantly works, I'm running RAID on my ASUS X79. Further, I've seen folks have problems using both the Windows 7 DVD + Flash Drive, so I can only strongly recommend you go out and get a Flash Drive. I've only heard about folks creating a bootable Custom DVD and having success, but I've never attempted myself.

Select Custom (Advanced)
http://www.techtalkz.com/gallery/files/1/Windows7-2008-11-04-14-54-52.jpg
(F6) instead click on Load Driver
http://www.techtalkz.com/gallery/files/1/Windows7-2008-11-04-14-55-06.jpg


Thanks man, I'm going to lay some cash down for a sizeable Flash drive, they are cheap, compared to the 2000+ dollars I've spent already!

I'm sure having it will come in handy as well. I'm sure I get a faster reimage this way as opposed to using a DVD.
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 6, 2012 3:01:56 PM

BTW - I updated the guide, apparently I deleted one step (3 A & B).

Let me know.
April 6, 2012 3:37:25 PM

Yeah, I just hope when Windows 8 lands, that they have this built in (I remember a very similar dilemma happening when I tried installing SATA drives on various Windows XP distros). What a headache, half the battle is figuring out what type of drivers to use as well, since Intel removed one of their new ones due to some major problems.

What would *actually* be my thinking, is they're going to have the option of searching online for these sort of things if you're plugged in to the net.
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 6, 2012 4:06:21 PM

Price of new! Yeah, I thought the same about Windoze 8; we'll see...

The problem with 'searching the web' for drivers is NIC support. So you'd face the same dilemma.
April 6, 2012 10:13:59 PM

I still get "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...".

Here i thought I would be on to something :/ 
April 6, 2012 10:20:53 PM

Might be on to something... Apparently when booting, you can keep hitting F8 and choose to install without checking driver signatures. More to come.
April 6, 2012 10:22:03 PM

Nope, still says I need to use signed drivers...
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 6, 2012 11:22:55 PM

I am assuming here that the BIOS SATA -> RAID and the SSD/HDD, the SSD/HHD are configured in the Ctrl + I Intel RSTE control panel, the iaStorA.inf drivers are unzipped, only the primary boot drive and Flash drive are connected, durin the F8 there should be (2) listed Flash Drives (try both if needed), and the SSD/HDD are on the Intel SATA ports; double-check the manual for SATA ports.

Only use the 64-bit driver load (1) iaStorA.inf driver.
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_V3002003_XPWin7\RSTe_V3002003_XPWin 7\Driver\Disk\64bit\iaStorA.inf
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_3.0.0.3020_F6-Drivers\RSTe_f6_iaStorA_64\iaStorA.inf
April 7, 2012 12:01:33 AM

By SATA drives, you don't also mean to unplug the DVD drive do you? Even if the drive is empty?
April 7, 2012 12:03:14 AM

Also the baseline P9X79 only has Intel SATA ports, and both SATA SSDs are plugged in to the 6.0 ports and configured in a 128 KB RAID 0 configuration.
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 7, 2012 12:10:22 AM

The DVD/BR (ODD) sure you can keep that connected, but I really recommend that you simply unplug the SATA cords to all other drives i.e. HDD(s) until after the OS is installed.

I have seen a few folks having the 'signing' issue, but I never ran across the problem on an ASUS. If the problem persists then make sure you have the latest BIOS installed.
* Use ASUS EZ Flash 2 - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/289507-30-what-flash
April 7, 2012 12:16:49 AM

Yeah the first thing I did was update the BIOS to the latest version out of the box :/  The firmware was topped out on the SSDs already too.

The 2 SSDs in RAID 0 are the only SATA devices attached. Anything else attached is either the DVD drive doing nothing, or my (now Flash Drive) OS image.

This, quite simply put, sucks. I may try resetting CMOS, but I doubt that will help. I'm trying to create an image via RT Seven Lite with the checkbox checked of "Integrate Unsigned Drivers" which is suggested for 64 bit RAID setups.
April 7, 2012 12:40:34 AM

FIXED

Did it by added the drivers in using RT Seven Lite, integrating them NOT as Boot drivers, but as INSTALL drivers in the customization. I was using the Intel drivers (most up to date and highest performing ones), and just integrated them using RT Seven Light, then used the USB Flash ISO-Bootable option.

IT'S FINALLY OVER
April 7, 2012 12:41:04 AM

Also, enabled checkbox to use unsigned drivers.
April 7, 2012 12:58:16 AM

I spoke too soon... now it's expecting the iaStorA.sys file to be in \Windows\system32\DRIVERS\iaStorA.sys after I did the first part of the Windows install... *sigh*

Why did I get so close, yet the driver didn't make it to Windows\...?
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
April 7, 2012 1:02:36 AM

I've only seen the 'Seven Lite' needed to be used with Gigabyte's and never and ASUS until now.

Q - are you using Win 7 x64 SP1? ; what exact Windows 7?
April 7, 2012 1:18:57 AM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, I've got a new idea I'm trying now so
July 8, 2012 5:12:25 AM

rekijitsu said:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, I've got a new idea I'm trying now so


So did you figure it out?
March 3, 2013 12:31:27 AM

I am also having this problem! Well the problem where when it tries to load my OS after a fresh install it says the iastora.sys file is either missing or corrupt!

I have the latest drivers from intel and I have both crucial M4 256gb SSD's connected to the sata 6gbs ports and they are detected fine except the correct drivers never seem to work???
March 3, 2013 2:56:03 AM

I don't think I am going to get to the part of being in windows with this but I am going through an install again...

Interesting thing I just realised. It only seems to be loading the 32bit iastora.sys driver not 64bit drivers?

I am not sure why the heck this is?
March 3, 2013 3:00:01 AM

yep I get as far getting to windows boot manager and it throws up the message at me as it has for the last few times - windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt. I am going to run mem test to check my ram but I don't think that is is the issue but I will eliminate it anyway...
March 3, 2013 4:12:06 AM

ok quick update - everything works fine when I run a 32bit os install. So it would seem there is something wrong with 64bit drivers in every single driver I have tried from intel! What the heck...
March 3, 2013 11:14:59 AM

This is just unbelievably ridiculous and I have no idea why a 64bit raid drive will not work!!! Especially the one from intel...
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
March 3, 2013 11:39:06 AM

Hmm...I'm running Win 7 x64...
March 3, 2013 11:04:25 PM

would it help if I took a picture on my mobile and posted here to show the error message I get?
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
March 4, 2013 2:28:50 AM

Follow the guide to the letter I posted above, and in addition read below i.e. running Memtest before installing the OS. In the guide I've even noted places where folks 'do their own thing' and it fails...

Sure post the picture but only after starting from scratch and following the guide to the letter e.g. use a FLASH DRIVE only on a NATIVE USB 2.0 port (you cannot use USB 3.0 ports).
March 4, 2013 3:53:48 AM

Ok I will go through it and try again. I will update you on the progress!

Thanks again for all your help!
March 4, 2013 5:25:22 AM

Hey mate,

Ok I followed your instructions to the letter but as always it is stuffing up when I get to the install part of windows 7.

" To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installiong an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable windows installation. "

This is the message I get with every driver I have tried from current one to the first released one to asus drivers everything! The only versions that seem to be working are the 32bit versions?? What the heck???

I just don't get why it has to be so difficult intel have really screwed up with this board and chipset...

I dunno is there something I am doing wrong to get this message?

Thanks,
Daniel.
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
March 4, 2013 11:16:23 AM

Both the OS and SATA driver bit size MUST match up, so select continue. Use the latest drivers list on your motherboard's site (probably the cause of the warning).
March 5, 2013 9:11:04 PM

Ok so I got it working finally.

What I did was I selected an additional option - make all raid drives non raid (3rd option in the motherboards raid utility), I then re-created the raid array and then all good!

The drivers I installed were all correct and worked fine. Windows 8 installed perfectly and is running perfectly.

Thanks heaps for your support and help Jaquith!

March 6, 2013 4:11:04 PM

well its nice (not really) to see that i'm not the first (or last) person with X79 win7 installtion problem.

My PC is :
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
Intel I7-3930K
2 x 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD's in Raid 0 (Intel 6.0 ports)
PNY Quadro 4000
1 x 1 TB WD Caviar Black
etc....

@jaquith i did everything you posted. i'm trying to download the RSTe driver from intel's page

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&...(64-bit)*&DownloadType=Drivers

and copying the files to my Windows 7 SP1 Boot USB but i'm still getting the "Not digitally signed" problem. I've disabled my 1TB WD CB and my DVD*RW by pulling out their sata cables but still no difference.

Anyone know how to disable "Not digitally signed" drivers problem in windows PE using BCDedit ??

or any other suggestions???
March 6, 2013 5:16:17 PM

F#$½ this sh$# im gonna use the marvel raid controler...
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a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2013 5:54:23 PM

panderaamon said:
@jaquith i did everything you posted. i'm trying to download the RSTe driver from intel's page

The instructions are using the full driver package (V3.0.0.2003) and then update the drivers if desired - http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/P9X79_DELUXE/#support_D...

Also, if this is a 'boot' RAID 0 then those drives must be paired (Ctrl + I) in the Intel ROM prior to installing the OS.
March 7, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Warning ! Wall of Text Detected!

Here is the some up of my situation from start to finish :

Right now i've changed to the Marvell Sata Raid controller and its working slow as hell. Did a crystal disk mark and its around 300mb/s read/write which is awful. The controller is path to a PCIx1 (500mb/s) which is causing the problem.

The whole system setup is :

i7-3930k
Asus P9X79 Deluxe (Latest bios from asus)
2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD
1x WD Caviar Black 1TB
32 GB RAM

so from the start:

The 2 SSD's were configured as a single Raid 0 / 128K block from the Intel Raid Bios
The Intel Raid Bios is version 3.5.0.1005 it says it the enterprise edition
I've tried the drivers from the Asus DVD and from the Asus Website
I've tried the drivers (the ones that i could find) from Intel's web page.
I've done the MemTest+ tests and there seems to be no problem
I've tried using a USB and/or a dvd to install W7 and no luck.
I cannot see which driver version comes from the Asus DVD

The drivers i've tried from the Asus site were:


Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver software V11.7.0.1030 for Windows 7/8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.6.0.1093 for Windows Vista/7/8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.2.0.1126 for Windows 64bit XP & 32/64bit Vista & 32/64bit 7.(WHQL)


non of these worked. Win7 install kept giving the "non digitally signed driver" problem.

I was very hopefull about the first one cause its release date was 03/05/2013 (yesterday)

i cant remember the ones i've tried from the intel site

Right now i've installed Win7 because the raid 0 sits over the marvel controller. There seems to be no problems with the other components. Its just that damned Intel Raid Driver that is giving the problem. I'm running some benchtests to see if the CPU overheats and stuff (the SSD benchs are awfuli the quadro 4000 is overheating a bit but thats normal.) if im able, i wanna go back to using the intel Raid Controller but i dont know how....

March 7, 2013 1:04:52 PM

Ok here's an update if anyone is still interested.

I've extracted all the files for the Intel Raid drivers from the Asus DVD and put em on a flash drive that also contains the Win7 installation files. Reverted the SSD's back to the Intel Sata III controller and started installing from there. One of the 32bit drivers started working, i'm now installing from the USB to the SSD Raid 0. (fingers crossed) Will bump with results.
March 7, 2013 1:18:43 PM

nope after the first restart while installation, it "looses" the driver and goes back to the first part of the installation.
a b \ Driver
a b å Intel
a b $ Windows 7
March 7, 2013 3:45:04 PM

panderaamon said:
non of these worked. Win7 install kept giving the "non digitally signed driver" problem.

Ignore it and continue.

Again, everything (OS + Intel RSTE drivers) on the same Flash Drive including the RAID drivers unziped and ready, BIOS set Intel SATA3 Ports -> RAID, Set up your RAID 0 in Intel ROM (Ctrl + I), only use the Intel SATA 3 ports (best to use ports 1 & 2.

Next, launch Windows installer the RAID 0 SSD's (target) should be invisible, Load Intel RSTE drivers, SSD's should 'now' appear, IF unsigned stuff comes up continue, install the OS.
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