after 10 hours straight of reading forums and trying different things i'm at the end of my rope here.
After a previous HD crash i decided to setup RAID 1 to minimize downtime in the future.
I got an Abit KN9 SLI mobo with NVidia 570 SLI chipset on it, 2GB of memory, and 2 new Hitachi 160Gb Sata hard drives.
I updated Abit BIOS to the latest version (23), set up BIOS and RAID settings to create RAID 1 arrangement. When booting i see a healthy RAID status.
The boot order is as follows: USB drive, CDROM, Hard Drive. There are now separate boot options for SATA or RAID.
Then I slipstreamed NVidia drivers into a Windows XP Pro bootable installation CD using Nlite utility. The drivers work since XP install allows me to create a partition, format and copy files to it. The XP installation process goes through internationalization and network settings without any problems. However, after the first reboot i get the following error:
NTLDR is missing
Press any key to restart
Looks like the drives are invisible to the boot loader.
Any, and i mean ANY, ideas would be greatly appreciated.