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WinPE masstorage drivers -testing

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Hi folks...

I am using WinPE 1.2 ( the one based on WinXP ) and I am trying to add masstorage device drivers to the CD. I know how to add drivers of this kind, done a coupple of times, however, this time it will not work. I am trying to boot a server with a RAID controller and when running diskpart it crasches. My question is:

If I insert a ordinary XP CD and hit F6 to specify additional drivers and the OS swallows the drivers, would this be a GO sign for WinPE 1.2 ? and if the OS BSOD's cuz of the drivers, will this be a adequeate test to say that the drivers are not applicable on WinPE (1.2) since the drivers a ordinary meant for Windows 2003 server?

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Crashing is Diskpart's way of saying "it cares". It also does this in 1.2 if it can't find any disks to muck with.

If you can F6 these drivers with a full OS cd, this would be a good indication they can work in WinPE.

What drivers are they?

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Mine was the perc 4 driver for Windows 2003 avail from Dell webby...
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Can you

-stick the drivers on a floppy
-bang on F6 while booting and add them
-access HD/run diskpart in WinPE?

thanks.

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Yup, if i hit F6 at boot I can load 3 of 6 drivers (for diffrent devices) while the 3 remaining drivers doesnt work with WinPE 1.2.

Also, HDD access is acchieved with the 3 mentioned above, 3 remaining doesnt list any when running:

list volume (diskpart)

Thats about it, now I have moved onto WinPE 1.5 ( where the same driver seems to work for all devices as long as I change the TXTSETUP.OEM file for each chipset I want to support.

Any1 know why MS changed this behaviour in WinPE 1.5 vs WinPE 1.2? The one that states, only chipsets listed in the [Defaults] section is used when doing PnP?

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As with a full blown Windows installation, i go F8 and choose debugg..

then I can see exactly which driver is used for the mounting of drives (RAID) etc etc... any way to do this in WinPE. My prob turned out to be a compability problem.

One supplied driver for a chipset worked ( to a certain point / not all features ) when it was using a nearby compatible driver. If I could just load some kind utility or what ever to verify which driver been selected due to PnP for which RAID I could eazyly saved some precious time...

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