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by Omega_Nemesis28 / September 15, 2007 1:27 PM PDT

I'm trying to do mirroring (RAID 1 to be specific) on 2 250GB hard drives.

These hard drives are SEPERATE from my Windows XP Pro SP2 installtion which is located on my 80GB hard drive.

After seting up the the RAID on the 2 hard drives, Windows refuses to boot. It gives me "Windows cannot boot with current hard drive configuration. Cannot read installation from boot disk..." and a bunch of support options like read the manual for further directions.

If I delete the RAID array - I can boot to Windows without a problem and everything is in tact on the Windows hard drive. Why does the RAID effect the Windows boot? Infact, in my BIOS, I have the Windows hard drive on a higher priority boot then the RAID array when it's setup.

Can someone help me?

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Not Supported
by Darton Fury / September 15, 2007 4:26 PM PDT
In reply to: RAID 1?

XP doesn't support fault tolerant volumes. It only supports software RAID 0. To configure RAID 1 with XP requires installing host adapter hardware.

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by Omega_Nemesis28 / September 15, 2007 5:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Not Supported

May i ask what that is?

I didnt create the RAID in XP if that's what your stating. I used my RAID 680i chipset controller to do it.

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RAID Controller
by Darton Fury / September 16, 2007 2:17 AM PDT
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Buy a RAID 1 Controller card and your problem should be solved. Your motherboard supports it but your operating system doesn't without added hardware.

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This area is hard on owners. Here's what I learned.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2007 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: RAID 1?

The RAID drivers must be installed during the OS install. (Some will correct me they can be added later...) But this is an area that XP doesn't handle well so my lesson is to go with what works.

I get my RAID drivers setup on DISKETTE and then begin the XP install. For existing installs I try the XP REPAIR INSTALL (using F6 and that diskette) and have corrected a few machines that way.

Without the diskette seems to be an area that many lose months on. Sorry I don't have time to fumble so I install the drive and get it done.


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Same problem even with fresh XP install and floppy
by zoomie007 / December 14, 2008 4:41 AM PST

I get the same lengthy error message even though I started with a fresh installation of XP and a floppy diskette created using the RAID driver diskette creator from EVGA's website. I'm using an EVGA 680i motherboard with two 150GB WD Raptor drives.

What is confusing is that it appears that the first half of the XP installation worked in RAID 1 form. After Windows setup rebooted so it could continue installation in non-blue screen form, I got the aforementioned error message and had to turn off RAID. But when I rebooted and installation continued, it did so TWICE... once for each installation of XP that had been initiated on the two hard drives. I now have two identical, fresh installations of XP.

Bob, could you perhaps go into more detail regarding how you used the "XP REPAIR INSTALL" and the diskette to set up RAID on existing installations of XP? I couldn't quite figure it out. Thanks for the help!

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I see you wrote "XP" a few times.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2008 4:53 AM PST

Another lesson learned here. I now insist on the XP SP2 CD. Why? Some RAID drivers tank, bluescreen or worse without a current XP CD.

"could you perhaps go into more detail regarding how you used the "XP REPAIR INSTALL" and the diskette to set up RAID on existing installations of XP? I couldn't quite figure it out. Thanks for the help!"

I don't do anything different than what you read at when you search for "XP REPAIR INSTALL."


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Should have been more specific
by zoomie007 / December 14, 2008 6:15 AM PST

I am using an XP SP2 CD. Tried the "repair install" track with the diskette just now, watched it specifically load the RAID drivers, still no luck. Any ideas? Or is there any more info I can give that might describe the situation in better detail?

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To get more specific
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2008 1:10 AM PST

We turn to your machine's manual. Or if it's an addon card, that manual.

Links to such manual to be supplied by you.

-> Since RAID is not a Microsoft feature the only item I can guess is amiss is the "prep" we do to RAID prior to installing XP SP2. However I don't have your links to the manuals to see if you did the work.

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