Raid issue ga-990fxa-ud3 rev1

uberjames

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Hello all!

I have an issue with my brand new build. I was trying to use my two WD 500 sata3 in a raid 0 array. The raid array was easily created and recognized by the bios. My problem came when trying to then install the operating system win7 x64. I booted from dvd and the normal set up process began. After hitting "install now" the system takes me straight to "you are missing the correct driver. Insert cd/dvd/usb/floppy with the correct driver to load". The motherboard cd doesn't work or doesn't have the driver. So I went to gigabyte to download the drivers for raid for my motherboard. I loaded up the drivers on my usb stick and windows still said that the driver was not there or not correct. After much effort I just installed OS on my seagate 500 sata 2...hoping to be able to set up the raid array after install with my two WD 500 sata 3.

2 questions: why can't windows recognize the drivers that gigabyte provides/or what am I doing wrong?

And if I can't set up raid drivers preinstall, can I install raid 0 on the 2 empty WD?

Ga-990fxa-ud3 rev 1. Amd phenom 2 1090t. Gskill 8gig 1866. Win 7 x64 home premium. 2x western digital 500 sata 3. 1x seagate 500 sata2 with os installed.
Thanks in advance!
 

uberjames

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The controller is sb950. The ports are 0 and 1 sata3. In bios I enable sata controller and change from ahci to raid. I think its just amd sata raid to answer your question.
 

JLM43

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I have the same problem with my 990FXA-UD5. Indeed, the drivers are on the mobo CD, but the x64 AMD driver fails, resulting in Windows refusing to install on my other drives which were previously offered up as candidates. The later driver from Gigabyte's web site don't fail as badly: it doesn't remove the pre-existing target candidate drives, but it still doesn't allow the RAID array to be an installation target.

I'm going to install Win7 x64 on a single drive, take an image, then re-create the RAID-0 array and attempt to restore the image to the new array. One can only wonder when, if ever, vendors will thoroughly test before they deploy.

- John
 

JLM43

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I got around the issue by installing Win7 on a disk on an IDE channel with RAID enabled on channels 0-3, making an image of it, then restoring the image to my RAID system. That sounds a lot easier than it actually was, considering all the dead ends and false starts I went through. After I had things working, I received a response from Gigabyte with an attached preinstall driver (sb950-w764raid.rar). I didn't try it, since I was already up and running. I assume they also have one for x86 systems.

That driver is likely a quick-fix, since the accompanying note was very specific about which channels the RAID system and the installation DVD had to be attached to. I expect that once it's more robust, they'll post it on their support site.
 

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@tadroptopgirl - You need to change your boot priority settings in your system BIOS. Watch the screen during POST (Power On Self Test). Follow the option to enter setup. Navigate to your boot menu, find the boot priority option, and set your CD drive as the first on the list. Optionally, some BIOS's allow a one-time boot priority setting (e.g., mine allows me to adjust the boot priority upon startup with the F12 key). Read your system manual to find out your options.

- John