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Help getting Raid controller drivers installed from USB key.

by NLFlower / July 29, 2006 1:02 PM PDT

Hello!!! I have two new hd's in my computer and I am looking to setup a RAID 0 config with them. The hard drives are new and the system has yet to have an OS installed. When the system boots, the BIOS recognizes the RAID controller and allows me to setup the config. Then it proceeds to boot from the Windows cd with the option of pressing F6 if third party RAID or SCSI drivers are needed. After the OS gets through it's early steps, I'm supposed to press "S" to let it know I have drivers to install. However, when I do that it tells me it can't find a floppy drive to install the OEM drivers. My problem is that I don't have a floppy drive and I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to get my USB key to be recognized as a floppy (or anything else if it helps) to be able to copy the RAID controller drivers onto it and then install in the early stages of the OS install. I have read online about floppy disk images, the HP USB floppy tool, etc. I consider myself a lower intermediate level of computer knowledge. I have been trying (I won't say how long, it's embarassing...) on my own to get this, but I can't. If someone can help me through this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading this far.

ERH

AMD Athlon XP 2800 (Barton)
Epox 8rga+
Maxtor Diamondmax 16 300Gb x2
Geforce FX52
SIIG USB 2.0+1394+UltraATA 133 Raid
Viewsonic VA1912wb 19" LCD
Sandisk Titanium 512MB usb key
WinXP Pro

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Please disregard previous post...
by NLFlower / July 29, 2006 2:17 PM PDT

Thanks to any who were going to answer the original post, but it is not necessary. I am taking a different approach to the whole situation...

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USB mem

Depending on the motherboard you have , in the bios options there may be a setting for, USB device to emulate floppy drive. If you enable the setting and set boot proirity on the usb device to first, CD rom to second and HD to third. Save and exit. If you dont have this option you may just have to have a floppy connected. unless you can reburn your OS CD and put the Raid drivers or inf. files on it with all the others. That will make it notice your controller. But you need to know how to slipsteram an OS CD. Thats alot easier said than done without a good bit of knowlege. There are sites that explain. But it is difficult.

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Re: USB mem
by NLFlower / July 30, 2006 3:19 AM PDT
In reply to: USB mem

Thanks for the response. I ended up deciding to go with Raid 1 instead of Raid 0. Based on the manual that came with the card, I can setup Raid 1 on a current Windows install as opposed to Raid 1 which had to be setup on blank/new hd's. I just installed the OS and I will be setting up the Raid config. shortly. Thanks again.

ERH

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