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    Windows 2000 Professional
  1. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Fine, that you succeeded at least. 1. You should never try to unplug any of the RAIDed hdd's unless the power of the system is completely off.2. My recommendation: Let the RAID array be a "basic disk". Since I am working with different RAID arrays I have always used Acronis TrueImage.All the best to you! Fernando Hi Fernando: Could you tell me why both of the physical disks in the RAID 0 array appear in the "safe to unplug" USB dialog box in the notification area? Is this some kind of glitch in the NVIDIA program? This is my first go at "software" RAID and this really seems odd and unsafe (if I accidentally unplugged one of the disks by accident while unplugging a USB stick for instance I would have to rebuild the array from scratch)... I use a Highpoint controller for a RAID 5 array on a different computer (my preference is definitely a seperate controller card for RAID)... Your thoughts on this would be appreciated... Tree
  2. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Yes, you should do that. No, nothing will happen with the already installed nForce SATA and RAID drivers, because they are the same. You should nevertheless check the MediaShield (IDE/Storage Driver) option to get the RAIDTOOL installed, if you want to have access to the MediaShield Console from within the OS. Good luck! Fernando Howdy: The slipstreaming worked like a charm, the array works well... I did notice a couple of things: 1) Both of the HDD's are shown in the USB "safe to unplug" dialog on the notification tray (IE you could apparently "stop" either or both of the HDD's) 2) The striped array is showing in computer management as a basic disk (should I upgrade the array to a dynamic disk?) Have you had any success cloning a RAID 0 array (could you recommend software that will allow me to image the array)? Thanks for your time Fernando Tree
  3. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Yes, this method will work with Windows 2000 SP4 too.The W2k IDE drivers of the nForce chipset driver set 6.86 are a good choice for your nForce4 RAID system, if you want to get Windows 2000 installed. When you are going to prepare the W2k boot-CD with integrated nForce SATA and RAID drivers, you have at least 2 options: integration of the IDE\Win2K\LEGACY folder content as textmode driver or integration of the IDE\Win2K\SATARAID folder content as TEXTMODE driver and additionally the IDE\Win2K\SATA_IDE folder content as PnP driver. Whatever option you choose, you will not recognize any difference regarding the stability and the performance of your RAID system. The advantage of the second option is, that the nForce SATA and RAID drivers of your W2K installation will be digitally signed by Microsoft (WHQL certified). Good luck! Fernando Morning Fernando: I used the v6.86 to make the nLite ISO... I integrated the textmode drivers and the entire SATA_IDE folder as a PnP driver and the ISO creation went well... I will give it a go when I get home tonight... If all goes well and the OS is finally loaded onto the RAID 0 array, should I then execute the setup on the v6.86 driver package and load everything (the audio, ethernet, RAID and IDE drivers)? Will overwriting the RAID and SATA_IDE drivers become an issue if I do this? I'm guessing it probably wouldn't be an issue... Hope this works Cheers Tree
  4. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Howdy Fernando: I was recently bequeathed a Chaintech VNF4 MOBO (not the Ultra)... I attempted to use two five-year old 40 Gb Samsung Spinpoint SATA I HDD's to create a bootable RAID 0 array for the OS (WIN 2K Pro SP4)... Prior to using the HDD's, I ran the Samsung ES Tool on them to make sure there were no errors (they were OK) and then wiped them with DBAN... I found the latest NVIDIA drivers (v 6.86 for this OS) and a somewhat helpful guide on their site (Configuring bootable NVIDIA RAID array for a Windows XP 32-bit/Windows XP 64-bit Edition installation)... I figured the difference between XP and 2000 SP4 would be negligible in terms of setting up the RAID array... I enabled the RAID in the BIOS, rebooted and went into the RAID config screen (F10), configured the two drives as a striped array, set them as bootable and rebooted... I had previously copied the SATARAID files onto a floppy for the F6 install... I hit F6 when the OS asked for the RAID drivers, and left the floppy in until the OS had completely loaded and took everything out when the OS loader said to remove the disc(s)... The OS recognized the RAID 0 array (because I had a single 74 Gb drive as the primary partition to format with NTFS)... The whole process went without a hitch but on the first reboot, I got a BSOD (something about an inaccesible boot partition) before Windows loaded... I rebooted and went into the BIOS to see if the RAID array was set as the Boot disc and it was... I rebooted and got the same BSOD... I wiped the discs and reloaded from scratch but got the same deal again... I accidentally came across your XP thread and I had no idea that this NVIDIA RAID driver thing was a global issue... I'm wondering if the slipstreaming method will work with Win 2000 Pro SP4? Your thoughts on this would be appreciated... Tree