Fernando 1 wrote:I doubt, that you really followed my instructions and that your problems were caused by my guide.
I did follow your guide. It was pretty straightforward. There was only one point that I found vague, and it was in the optional registry cleaner that was included by you, but from someone else:
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2. Look into the Device Manager (>"View">"Show hidden devices") and make sure, that the drivers of all listed NVIDIA nForce S-ATA and RAID devices really have been successfully updated (especially drivers with customized INF files might not be updated by the installer).
...just what do you look for to verify that all was successful?
Fernando 1 wrote:You forgot to mention the Vista version (32/64bit) you are running and the details about what you have done.
1. Are you sure, that the NVIDIA nForce RAID Controllers of your mainboard do support RAID5 arrays at all?
2. Was it a fresh OS installation? If yes, which nForce SATA and RAID drivers did you load during the Setup?
I didn't mention my version of Vista because this is a Windows 7 guide that I'm following. The file I unzipped was named "Fernandos_Vista_Win7_64bit_Actual_NF4-7_Driverpack_v7.2"
Up until I did a clean install of Windows 7 a few days ago, I was using the nvidia RAID5 array under Windows Server 2003 without any problems.
Windows 7 64bit was done on a clean hard drive just a few days ago. Windows updates applied. Then I tried installing your drivers.
Your guide did not create the mess that was in my screenshot eailier. That was from me trying to undo the installation done by your guide.
Fernando 1 wrote:Calab wrote:
My current device mangler looks like this:
I was able to get my device mangler cleaned up. I ended up using the nVidia legacy VISTA drivers from the nVidia website. The SATA controller driver that is working is 10.3.0.42, for example.
Unfortunately, I don't see a single drive for my RAID5 array. I see three individual 1TB drives. The BIOS does show a valid RAID5 array though. Also, there is no nVidia RAID tool installed either.
Fernando 1 wrote:The main issue is the fact, that no NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller has been installed. That is the reason why your OS doesn't see your nForce SataRAID arrays.
That's why I think the reegistry cleaner is involved. Windows isn't trying to install the default drive any more.
Fernando 1 wrote:Other question:
How did you get the "DELL PERC 5/i integrated RAID Controller" and the "MagicISO SCSI Host Controller" installed?
The PERC driver is the Windows 7 driver from Windows Update. MagicISO was a simple download and install from the web. Nothing special there.
The PERC has seven 500GB drives attached into a singlele RAID 5 array. Other than having LOTS of problems with bad Seagate drives, it's working fine.
Fernando 1 wrote:One of my issues is that I ran the included registry cleaner:This is no problem, if you have followed my guide.
I didn't know what a successful attempt would look like, and assumed that it was fine. My fault for moving too fast, I know.
Anyhow, at this point, the device manager "looks" normal, but I still have a few issues/questions...
- RAID is enabled on all four SATA ports in the BIOS. RAID BIOS shows two arrays - a three drive 1.8TB RAID 5 array (three 1TB drives), and a single drive 1.8TB JBOD array (2TB drive).
- Device manager shows "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller" twice under IDE/ATA controllers.
- Device manager shows "NVIDIA nForce RAID controller" under Storage Controllers.
- Device manager shows my array drives as individual drives under Disk Drives.
- Disk Manager shows the 1TB drives as individual drives instead of a single large drive.
- No nV RAID tool has been installed.
- How do I get Windows to see the array and how do I install the NVIDIA RAID tool?