Instal Windows 7 on RAID with no Floppy


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Just D

Does anyone have experience instaling Windows 7 with additional drivers and
no floppy, say, to the RAID array? I know XP had this problem, is that fixed
and we could use USB or some other swapped CD with drivers?
 
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Seth

Just D said:
Does anyone have experience instaling Windows 7 with additional drivers
and no floppy, say, to the RAID array? I know XP had this problem, is that
fixed and we could use USB or some other swapped CD with drivers?
Starting with Vista and the transition to a PE based installation routine
(the OS installer is called Panther and it runs in a PE environment) USB
thumb drives and the like are recognized during setup and can be used for
loading needed drivers at installation time.

When you boot from the Win7 installation disk, when you get to the drive
selection screen and no drives show up, you can load drivers then.

Also, many newer motherboards with onboard RAID chipsets also offer
driverless support (a RAID volume shows up as a standard BIOS drive).
 
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Just D

Hi Seth!
Starting with Vista and the transition to a PE based installation routine
(the OS installer is called Panther and it runs in a PE environment) USB
thumb drives and the like are recognized during setup and can be used for
loading needed drivers at installation time.
This is a very good news, thanks! I just wanted to avoid any surprises.
nLite doesn't work with Win7 (yet?).
When you boot from the Win7 installation disk, when you get to the drive
selection screen and no drives show up, you can load drivers then.
That's really a great step ahead for MS! :) It's like 640k was enough for
everybody.
Also, many newer motherboards with onboard RAID chipsets also offer
driverless support (a RAID volume shows up as a standard BIOS drive).
That's true, but I tried to switch Windows 7 to start using RAID
configuration and failed. I had to roll back to keep working. It was easy to
switch from IDE to AHCI although, but RAID requires a few more hacker's like
unsafe steps including replacement driver references right in the registry,
I saw one article on the Internet, that was tricky. For some reason MS
doesn't load and also doesn't let us load the RAID drivers if the computer
"thinks" that there is no device installed.

I hate the systems thinking for me or restricting me in something that I
know should be done somehow. Same for floppy, luckily resolved finally!

Just D.
 

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