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How to setup RAID 0 on Vista HP 32 Upgrade Version
Hi, I'm new in setting up a RAID 0 on Vista.

In short, I'm trying to strip two 250GB drives and install Win Vista 32 Home Premium Upgrade, from Windows XP Pro.

The WinXP is installed as C:\Windows on an old Maxtor 6GB (just so that I can install Vista on fresh drives without having to partition them). The WinXP will have no use other than to allow my Vista Upgrade version to be installed.

I've try these so far but without success:

1) Enabled RAID from BIOS, then boot into WinXP. But the Vista DVD doesn't allow it to install from a dynamic drive (the two BIOS enabled stripped drives; I've even tried clearing the drives after enabling RAID on all SATA channels and cleared MBR and make the dynamic volume as bootable, recombine the channels, drivers installed during installation stage, etc... but to no avail...). The nVidia software recognise it as being a stripped volume with a combine storage of the two drives (falls somewhere around 450 GB or so);

2) So since I couldn't get Vista to install on the dynamic volume, I disable RAID in the BIOS and reformatted them as regular separate drives. Vista installed without problem. After installation and all updates installed, I went back to the BIOS and enabled RAID again. Restart and then it goes to the OS selection (WinXP vs. two options of Vista now). I tried both Vista options but they both gave the error of "Winload.exe" error and refuses to boot. However, once I disabled RAID in BIOS, it's loading up fine again (other than see two Vista load options in OS selection menu).

Any suggestions?

I'm running Intel Core2Duo 6750, 4GB RAM, nVidia 8800 GTS, XFX 680i motherboard (has onBoard RAID 0,1,5), two 250GB SATA (not identical brand - don't ask why; bad decision and financing on my part) and an old Maxtor 6GB IDE.

Thanks for your help in advance.
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