RAID Drivers – How To Install With Vista

If your computer came with a RAID controller and you wish to use this type of configuration, you need to either set the BIOS correctly and/or install the proper RAID driver for Vista. For those who have setup RAID drivers before you are most likely familiar with the procedure. But or those who haven’t done this before, this is the basics of getting RAID to work for you.

  • First get into your bios. [Usually pressing F1, F2 or DEL keys] which is done during boot.
  • Then find an option for your hard drives to enable Raid.
  • Next boot your Windows Vista DVD.
  • Choose a language from the list provided.
  • Click the Install now button and enter your product key.
  • Choose the correct version of Vista that you are licensed for from the list and click to accept to the license agreement.
  • Now, on the “Which type of installation to you want to do” screen, choose custom install.
  • If Windows automatically detects your Raid controller you are good to go.
  • If your RAID controller is not detected you will need to go to you motherboard manufacturers website and download the driver to a usb thumb drive.
  • Start the Vista setup by clicking the “Load Driver” button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • With your Raid controller recognized, click advanced drive options and choose your Raid configuration you would like.
  • Continue with the installation.

If you are still having problems you may wish to post your problem over at the web site.

Comments welcome.

[tags]RAID, controller, vista, microsoft, install, dvd, assistance, lockergnome, [/tags]

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nLite lets you choose which components to remove from your Windows system before installation. By removing unnecessary components, you gain greater system speed and security. You can make a bootable ISO with it and even easy slipstream service pack with the click of a button.

You can easily automate CDKey and other personal information so that your installation can go by unattended. Latest versions support driver and hotfix integration as well. Very useful for creating a CD containing SATA/RAID drivers so you don’t need those old floppy drives.

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[tags]Windows, ISO, CDKey, SATA, RAID[/tags]

Home NAS – How Big is Big Enough?

I’ve been beating the home NAS (network attached storage) drum for what seems like eons now. But do I have a NAS in my own home yet? Of course not! Aside from being flat broke at the moment, I just can’t decide which type and size of NAS I want to buy. Spending the company’s bread is one thing … spending your own is something else altogether.

I’ve given thought to taking a number of directions with my home NAS. One of my first ideas was to take a Mac mini and add a couple of external Firewire drives … not a true NAS, nor the cheapest route, but easy enough to implement.

Because the unit will be a media server, feeding multiple clients, I’d like it to be reasonably fast. Now when I say reasonably, I really mean affordably. A SATA RAID seems like it would fit the bill, keeping in mind that the “I” in RAID stands for Inexpensive.

Ranchero Indebto needs the digital space, pronto. I have music files from four computers, not to mention stacks of CDs waiting to be ripped. And I’ve put off a lot of video production due to the lack of space on my primary video-editing platform.

Of the turnkey devices, the new 3TB Buffalo TeraStation Pro is perhaps most intriguing, if a bit out of my price range. While two grand or so isn’t that outrageous for that much storage, it’s not in my cards at the moment.

I still might roll my own with FreeNAS. Ideally, I’d like to start relatively small and upgrade the drives as needs dictate and fund permit.

[tags]NAS, network attached storage, RAID[/tags]

Vista Install – RAID or SATA – No System Volume Found

In looking at some of the postings in the forums, there seems to be some problems for those who are trying to either do a clean or upgrade install, and who are receiving a error message stating something to the effect of ” unable to find system volume.”

This will normally occur when your motherboard supports RAID or SATA hard disk controllers and Vista does not support the onboard controller for your mobo. You will need to go to the manufactures website for the motherboard you have and see if the correct Vista drivers are available yet.

Once you get the drivers downloaded, save them to CD, DVD, or flash drive. During the installation you will see the option, To Load Drivers. select this option and install the drivers and the installation should proceed.

A few have followed these directions, yet the install is still a no-go. Seems like some drivers for certain mobo’s do not work correctly as of yet. Also, I have found in the past, that there is a possibility that the controller manufacture MAY support the proper driver from their website, i.e. Adaptec. Notice the word MAY.

Good luck.

[tags]vista, controller, raid, sata, drivers, [/tags]

SATA Drives Or RAID Arrays In XP

Some computers contain motherboards that support Serial ATA (SATA) hard drivers. The motherboards may have a separate dedicated SATA controller. You can determine if your computer has a dedicated chipset during the POST because a second screen may appear identifying the SATA hard drives.

When you install Windows XP, you may need to inform setup that your SATA hard drives are on a separate controller. You can do this during the text mode phase of setup by pressing F6 when prompted to install additional drivers. Then insert the floppy disk containing the SATA controller drivers. If you don’t supply the drivers, Windows setup may stop indicating that it cannot locate any hard drives.
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Open Up! It's A RAID!

Jules asks:

What is RAID and why would I need it?

RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (formerly Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) which is a system of using multiple hard disks to share or duplicate data.

There are various methods or “levels” of RAID that accomplish different tasks, but I will only cover the first two, as the rest are for higher end servers.

The two primary reasons for incorporating RAID into a computer is for performance and/or data duplication (referred to as “Fault Tolerance” in the hard drive vernacular).
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