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    New OS install on RAID

    I am so stuck. I am trying to setup a server for my small business. I purchased an Intel P4 system without an OS (I have Server 2003 to install). When I turn on the computer all seems to go fine through the POST. No IDE drives are shown, it does list the RAID drives. I have a Boot disk floppy for the RAID drivers and press F6 when prompted during the OS install. Then when prompted I press "S" to install drivers, the screen shows the Intel RAID driver, I select it and then when I press ENTER to continue the OS setup the screen says that no hard drives can be located, press F3 to exit.

    What am I doing wrong. This is my first experience with RAID systems and Windows Server.

    Thanks,

    Bret

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    Re: New OS install on RAID

    Bret,
    I assume you checked the BIOS for the proper configuration.

    There is a good guide to Raid setup HERE
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    Re: New OS install on RAID

    HI Bob,

    Being new to the whole RAID thing I'm not sure what I should see in the BIOS. I have checked it and it shows no IDE drives. I can't remember the exact spot it does show that I want to use a RAID array as the boot disk. After the regular POST comes up the option to enter the RAID utility window comes up. I press the tab key as it says and that shows me the two 160 gig hdd and that they are mirrored.

    I will checkout your link. Thanks.

    Bret

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    Re: New OS install on RAID

    Hi Bob,

    Well, I double checked myself agains the link you provided and have done everything that was described in that article. I can't figure it out. I have an email in to the tech support for this computer. Hopefully I will be hearing something from them soon.

    Thanks for the assistance,

    Bret

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    Re: New OS install on RAID

    Hmm. I just struggled through this myself on a Proliant ML110.

    Here's an alternate way to load the RAID drivers, make a custom XP disk with the drivers on it. I followed the instructions in this link.
    http://www.maximumpc.com/2005/01/how_to_slipstre.html

    I took several tries to get everything right, but once I did, everything loaded with no problem.

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    Re: New OS install on RAID

    Thanks for all the help everyone. As it turned out, I just needed to get the correct RAID driver on the floppy. Why on earth would a computer manufacturer put out a CD with 10 different RAID drivers on the one CD? Cost I suppose is the answer. But, then why not clearly mark each computer with the number of the RAID driver that you need. I finally found the correct driver by just making the floppy disk 8 times. I should feel lucky that I didn't have to go through all 10.

    The other sad part is that I didn't get much help from the tech support people at the motherboard or computer company. They both gave me a standard form reply email.

    Thanks once again, I love the lounge, it is such a great source of comfort to know that you are all here.

    Bret

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