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Installing WinXP onto RAID 1 array


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I'm helping my brother-in-law build a new computer. Since we always like to do things in the best way possible, he bought two 200GB WD SATA hard drives that we want to configure as a RAID1 array.

Well...we during the Windows install we can get as far as creating/deleting partitions and no further. On that screen where the drive(s) usually shows up with a size (in the bottom portion of the screen), it only shows that there 4 unknown drives. There is no way to select a drive to create/delete a partition and when any other key is pressed we get a BSOD.

Any thoughts?
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This could be pointing to a setup issue with the RAID configuration.

I presume that you've gone into the RAID configuration screen and built the array in RAID1 format first? Otherwise Windows is just going to say "I'm not interested, now <insert appropriate profanity here>." :tazz:

Not quite sure why it says 4 unknown drives though, you don't have a card reader or anything like that?
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sounds like you made the raid controller drive disk wrong.,,you are using a floppy disk and then hitting f6 during install, correct?
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The answer to the first question is: yes, I did configure the RAID before trying the install. As to your statement, yes there is a card reader there. I think we might try disconnecting the reader and trying again.

The answer to the second question is: I'm not sure where to get the RAID controller from. I looked through the manual and it does not reference making a disk (I have also done this at work with a different MB and that manual has instructions on how to create the RAID floppy). I suppose I'll have to look at the MB manufacturer website for more info.
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You can usually make the F6 disk by booting off the motherboard CD, if an appropriate disk hasn't been supplied already.
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