Intel Matrix Storage Manager RAID controller

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Ol' Jedi, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Ol' Jedi

    Ol' Jedi Guest

    I set up my bios to enable the RAID, then ctrl-I upon boot and created a
    RAID. The onscreen display during boot says the raid is operating normally.

    When Vista tries to install, it shows me the raid disk on the list (478 GB
    (2x250 HDD)). When I select it, vista says "unable to find a disk that
    meets the criteria for installation." No explanation.

    When I disassemble the RAID--Vista installs without issue.

    I assume it is a "press F6 & load driver" issue, but I cannot find a 64-bit
    version of the RAID drivers for the Intel MSM. Anyone else solve this?

    Intel 975XBX MB with E6600 Core 2 duo. Should be 64-bit all the way.
    Ol' Jedi, Jan 31, 2007
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  2. Ol' Jedi

    Guest Guest

    The drive you are installing TO must be the FIRST drive on your
    machine. I was booting XP from my onchip raid setup and wanted to
    install Vista(using the upgrade copy) from XP to the raid setup I had
    on my secondary Raid controller(completely clean and empty drive) and
    had the same issue as you. Well, the problem became that if I made my
    secondary controller the boot drive, there is nothing to boot from, as
    it is empty, thus I cannot run the upgrade.

    What I ended up do was the following steps from here: http://

    This allows you to use an upgrade version of Vistaas a full version,
    where you can boot and install from it. The only caveat is that you
    need to do the install twice. Here are the steps, cut from the

    Step 1. Boot the PC from the Vista DVD.

    Step 2. Select "Install Now," but do not enter the Product Key from
    the Vista packaging. Leave the input box blank. Also, turn off the
    option Automatically activate Windows when I'm online. In the next
    dialog box that appears, confirm that you really do want to install
    Vista without entering a Product Key.

    Step 3. Correctly indicate the version of Vista that you're
    installing: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate.

    Step 4. Select the "Custom (Advanced)" install, not the "Upgrade"

    Step 5. Vista copies files at length and reboots itself one or more
    times. Wait for the install to complete. At this point, you might
    think that you could "activate" Vista, but you can't. That's because
    you haven't installed the Vista upgrade yet. To do that, run the DVD's
    setup.exe program again, but this time from the Vista desktop. The
    easiest way to start setup again is to eject and then reinsert the

    Step 6. Click "Install Now." Select Do not get the latest updates for
    installation. (You can check for these updates later.)

    Step 7. This time, do enter the Product Key from the Vista packaging.
    Once again, turn off the option Automatically activate Windows when
    I'm online.

    Step 8. On this second install, make sure to select "Upgrade," not
    "Custom (Advanced)." You're not doing a clean install now, you're
    upgrading to Vista.

    Step 9. Wait while Vista copies files and reboots itself. No user
    interaction is required. Do not boot from the DVD when asked if you'd
    like to do so. Instead, wait a few seconds and the setup process will
    continue on its way. Some DOS-like, character-mode menus will appear,
    but don't interact with them. After a few seconds, the correct choice
    will run for you automatically.

    Step 10. After you click a button labeled Start in the Thank You
    dialog box, Vista's login screen will eventually appear. Enter the
    username and password that you selected during the first install.
    You're done upgrading to Vista.

    Step 11. Within 30 days, you must "activate" your copy of Vista or
    it'll lose functionality. To activate Vista, click Show more details
    in the Welcome Center that automatically displays upon each boot-up,
    then click Activate Windows now. If you've dismissed the Welcome
    Center, access the correct dialog box by clicking Start, Control
    Panel, System & Maintenance, System. If you purchased a legitimate
    copy of Vista, it should quickly activate over the Internet. (You can
    instead activate by calling Microsoft on the phone, which avoids your
    PC exchanging information with Microsoft's server.)

    This was the only way I could get Vista installed to my secondary Raid
    controller. The way I dual boot now is when I boot up, go into my bios
    and change the boot device. It's a bit inconvenient, but then again, I
    only need XP on rare occassions now.
    Guest, Feb 5, 2007
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  3. Ol' Jedi

    --roy-- Guest

    You can get the Intel Matrix Storage (their new name for their RAID array)
    drivers from Intel at
    Select your Vista version and the download you want. One of them has a zip
    file with exactly the files you need for Vista intallation. There is a
    32-bit and a 64-bit version. You will also want get the appropriate Vista
    version of the Matrix Storage Console. It's essential for rebuilding a
    damaged array. Additional information can be found at
    --roy--, Feb 19, 2007
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