Loading Vista Home: Basic, Raid 0

Worms4u

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Good morning everyone, last night I put together a new system SLI, Raid 0, core 2 duo 3.0ghz, 8gb ram, as basic specs.

Anyway I went into the BIOS, turned on the raid array, selected striping, chose the two drives. the UI stated each drive was 465gb, the array is 970ish-gb. The MB states the array is healthy.

Ok so I put in my Windows Vista Home: Basic OS and boot the sytem up, it goes to a screen with a loading bar that says 'Loading Windows Vista' or some such. Next it makes it to the light blue/cloudy background and just sits.

I have a mouse pointer, it does move so I know the system didn't hang. Occasionally my DVD drive will spin up to max speed and read the DVD for a while (like half hour) but the computer doesn't do anything.

So I got to thinking... an OS would see a raid array as merely a single drive, but M$ may have hamstrung the OS by not allowing me to load the raid drivers onto the system because it is a 'basic' OS.

That may be off base, I dont know.

Anyway - For the tl;dr crowed, does anyone know what may be causing the system to hang on the happy cloudy blue screen (not to be confused with bsod).

Thanks guys and gals!
Justin
 

Worms4u

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One thing of note that I forgot to add. I have NOT formatted the drives yet, I haven't had that option yet. Once I set up the raid array as my boot drive, it immediately loads windows as described above. Should I turn the boot option off until it has been formatted? I've never loaded windows vista before (always had xp till now), I am not sure at what point the loading of the OS formats the drives.

Thanks
Justin