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Installing Vista with RAID0 - NTLDR issues

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Old 03-27-2009
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Installing Vista with RAID0 - NTLDR issues

Ok, I am running a clean install of Vista Business on a Dell XPS420. I
installed a 2nd HDD and booted the computer. I used the Intel ROM
utility and setup the RAID0. Setup the BIOS for RAID etc.

Rebooted to the Vista DVD and it saw everything, I made new partition
(single) and formatted it. I even loaded the latest SATA drivers from a
USB stick.

Windows installed just fine...no issues. I installed network drivers
and the latest ATI drivers (I had on a stick ready) and it wanted to
reboot. Fine.

Now I get a NTLDR error at bootup. The BIOS says there is no HDD to
boot (in the boot sequence) but in the Drivers section, it shows both
drives with their details.

I tried to use the Vista DVD to repair, it says it found the
installation and found problems with my computer's startup options. It
asks if I want to apply repairs and restart, I say YES! It comes up with
a 'Failed to save startup options' box.

Whats up?!?! Driving me crazy!


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Old 04-26-2009
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Re: Installing Vista with RAID0 - NTLDR issues

It's been a few weeks and no response to the op but this looks similar
to my problem...

I want to run Vista 64 on one HD and use another pair in raid0 for
storage. I was able to install on the single drive and everything boots
up and works properly. But if I enable the raid in the bios Vista won't
boot. It will hang up and then gives me all of the safe mode options. It
doesn't matter which option I select, none of them will boot.

So I go back into bios and disable the raid and it boots up ok again.

Next, I try to install Vista on the raid and disable the single drive.
Works just fine.

Why am I unable to boot up with the raid enabled? Does this have
anything to do with the installation process?


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