But let's see what RAID system was used? I re-read your post and didn't find it.
It could be the upgrade version but I've used that to install clean (I used prior discussions and had my old Vista DVD at the ready) so I'm left to wonder what hardware RAID you have.
Hi - hoping someone can help here.
I have just bought a copy of Windows 7 and two brand new 2TB HDDs. What I want to do is raid the two drives together with raid 0 and install Windows onto the array. This would give me a 4TB C drive with Windows installed.
So far today I have had little success...
After reading as much I can I have discovered that I may not be able to install Windows onto a 4TB drive and may well have to partition a 2TB section to install Windows on. I am fine with this, even if this means loosing the other 2TB (hopefully I can partition this into another drive, but I'll worry about that later).
Unfortunately I have discovered that I accidently bought an upgrade version of Windows 7 and the product key will not allow me to install Windows as a clean install. This should not be a problem as I have a working copy of both XP and Vista.
I installed XP onto a 2TB partition on the raid array and attempted to upgrade to Win 7, this did not work and told me I had to format and perform a clean install (which I cannot). Next I attempted to install Vista and this is where I have run into issues.
I am now unable to install any OS on the raid array. I can see a 2TB partition but when I attempt to install onto it I receive the following error message "Windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine. To install Windows, restart the installation".
After reading several forums I tried formatting the array using a DOS prompt but after 3 hours (when the format got to 100%) I received the error "all NTFS boot sectors are unwriteable. cannot continue. format failed". I have also tried to format the drive using Gparted (a linux-based boot application allowing partitioning and formatting etc.) this also failed with no obvious error message.
I am now completely stuck, any help would be much appreciated.