Installing Windows to a RAID 5 Setup

123girr

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Recently I bought 3 SSDs to upgrade my hard drive performance. The RAID steep went fairly well, I was able to get my BIOS to recognize the 3 as 1.

Things started to get buggy when I tried to install Windows onto the setup I had going. I was hoping to just get a clean install, so I prepped an Installation USB ahead of time, plugged it in to install windows and it asked me which drive I wanted to use, showing all 3 SSDs as an option. I've been struggling, trying to figure this out for the past 3 hours, but I haven't been able to find any answers.

Can anyone explain what's going on?
 

kanewolf

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What motherboard? Which version of Windows?

Beyond, that -- I wouldn't recommend your implementation. It is unlikely that your disks will fail. RAID isn't protecting from anything else. You are more likely to lose everything with a failed rebuild or some other problem.
 

123girr

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Motherboard Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
Windows 8.1

I did a little more digging and found that I'm supposed to install the RAID drivers, but I have no clue where to find them. I've looked all over the ASUS driver downloads, but none of them mention RAID.
 

kanewolf

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When I looked up that motherboard -- https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/HelpDesk_Download/ downloads there is a SATA download. It says:
Version 1.2.1.329&3.8.1540.3 2013/12/172.73 MBytes

AMD AHCI Driver V3.3.1540.26 for Windows XP 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
AMD AHCI Driver V1.2.1.329 for Windows Vista 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
AMD RAID Driver V3.3.1540.26 for Windows XP 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
AMD RAID Driver V3.3.1540.29 for Windows Vista 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
AMD RAID Driver V3.3.1540.35 for Windows 7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
AMD RAID Driver V3.8.1540.3 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)


I would believe you will have to slipstream or use the keyboard interrupt to add the RAID driver during install. Slipstreaming is probably the better answer.
 

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