Switch from IDE Controller to RAID Controller after Vista Install?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by sully, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. sully

    sully Guest

    Hi All.

    I was having trouble getting Vista to load, and trying different things, I
    switch the controller in the Bios from RAID to IDE, even though I want to set
    my two drives up as a RAID 1. Once I did this and popped out 2GB of the 4GB
    of RAM I had in the system, the install went fine.

    I have both of my 500GB Seagate drives now installed, one with Vista and the
    other as a separate formatted drive.

    My question, is there any way to change the BIOS now to RAID and have these
    two drives become a RAID 1? I was hoping to be able to change the controller
    to the RAID controller, and then just have the one drive build the RAID 1 on
    the other drive. Obviously this doesn't work.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how I can accomplish this task? Like I said,
    Vista would not load for me when the controller was set to the RAID
    controller, even though I loaded the driver when asked during the install.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

    sully, Jul 5, 2007
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  2. sully

    benaminz Guest

    I'm having the same issue with a new Dell Inspiron 545. I purchased tw
    additional seagate barracuda 1.5 TBs to use as data storage in a RAI

    I had to change the SATA mode from IDE to RAID, but now Vista won'

    Has anyone found a solution
    benaminz, Aug 23, 2009
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  3. sully

    Curious Guest

    SATA is an interface standard. PATA otherwise known as IDE is also an
    interface standard. RAID options are for different methods of configuring
    the drives on a system regardless of the interface IDE 100(PATA 100), IDE
    133(PATA 133), SATA 150, SATA 300 or SCSCI, However AFAIK all RAID drive
    configurations require that each of the drives is using the same interface
    Curious, Aug 23, 2009
  4. sully

    DL Guest

    Dont quite follow this statement;
    "However AFAIK all RAID drive configurations require that each of the drives
    is using the same interface standard"
    If you are saying all drives, where raid is used for some, must use the same
    interface that is incorrect.
    My sys is happily running raid on one controler, other sata drives on an
    other sata controler, and ide drives on an ide controler.
    But then I may have missunderstood you.
    DL, Aug 24, 2009
  5. sully

    DL Guest

    Read the mobo manual, or on line at Dell help for your PC as to how to
    utilise the extra drives in raid mode, whilst booting from your origonal
    drive, or post to Dell forums
    The implimentation of raid can vary from PC to PC and can involve various
    bios settings and connecting drives to specific ports, particularly if you
    wish to boot from the origonal drive setup
    DL, Aug 24, 2009
  6. sully

    Curious Guest

    No I did not know that what you are doing was possible. I thought that if
    you were running a 4 drive RAID5 configuration that all 4 of the drives had
    to be using the same interface.
    If you are saying that you have a RAID configuration running on one
    controller and non RAID drives on other controllers of course that that
    would be possible.
    Curious, Aug 24, 2009
  7. sully

    Tom Ferguson Guest

    I do not know how you have the HDs configured for the RAID vs. non-Raid. I
    am going to assume that the configuration is correct on the
    controller(s) and the BIOS setting are correct for the RAID/non-RAID. If
    so, this might be a boot order setting problem.

    Enter the BIOS upon startup and assure that the HD with your OS is set as
    the first HD in the boot order - that is is listed _before_ the RAID

    Save settings and exit.
    Tom Ferguson, Aug 26, 2009
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