I have been able to set up a mirrored raid set (RAID 0) - no problem.
However, there is no way on earth to install XP Pro. I know about slipstreaming and XP installation and adding drivers either manually or by nLite. I have successfully created custom/slipstreamed XP Pro SP3 disks before AND used them. But with the DG45ID board it's the blue screen of death as the installation gets to "Starting Windows" after loading all its drivers.
Intel's site has several articles all pointing to effectively the same things - create a slipstream disk.
No matter what - this WILL NOT WORK.
I have a Sony USB floppy and using that (without "slipstreaming" drivers into the CD) it will allow F6 to initially find the drivers but when it later tries to load the drivers the floppy cannot be found - even though it was just used! But in http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-020811.htm#usbfloppy I see from the MicroSoft article "A connected USB floppy disk drive does not work when you press F6 to install mass storage drivers during the Windows XP installation process" that the Sony USB floppy is not supported!
There has to be a way to install XP on the DG45ID configured with RAID. I'd really appreciate any pointers people might have.
Will Windows 7 have the same problems installing on the RAID drives?
From the Microsoft article you see that the supported floppies are listed as in the table below
|Plug and Play ID||USB floppy disk drive model|
|USB\VID_057B&PID_0000||Y-E Data; Sony part number 09K9835|
|USB\VID_0644&PID_0000||TEAC; IBM option part number 27L4226, FRU 05K9283|
If I go and buy a TEAC drive how do I know that it's Plug and Play ID is the supported one? You'll notice inthe same article that one Y-E Data drive is supported and another isn't.
In this whole process I've selected the iaStor drivers not the ia AHCI drives because RAID is referred to in the iaStor.inf.
Again - anyone know if Windows 7 can install without without issue on the DG45ID with RAID set up?
ps:I can instal the OS if in the BIOS I set "Configure SATA aqs IDE", but then I sacrifice the benefits of RAID.
Because of the way drives are packaged by various companies, it is hard to tell if the drive itself is TEAC or any other supported drive.
I just bought a "Targus" usb floppy which said nothing on the package about drive manufacturer. Once removed from the packaging I noticed on the back of the drive casing "TEAC". Humm... tried the install with F6 and - lo and behold, may the gods be praised - it worked.
Now XP Pro is installed on the DG45ID with RAID.
I have the same problem. This is a Microsoft Win XP issue, not an Intel issue. I was able to create the RAID volumes no problem in the BIOS of a DG45ID motherboard with the latest BIOS as of this date. I then proceeded to try to install Win XP Pro using a new in the box Mitsumi external USB floppy drive (Mitsumi Model N533) with the windows XP drivers for RAID. The BIOS detects the Mitsumi USB floppy drive (an 'approved' selection from Microsoft's own URL on this very issue) but when I do F6 during install, it does not detect the floppy drive. Therefore, Intel good, Microsoft bad. I tried every USB port on this DG45ID motherboard front and back side during F6 install attempts: nothing worked. The forums seem to indicate that everyone is able to do it with a TEAC variety drive. Helpful to know that Targus brand is a TEAC drive. Final version of Vista and all versions of Windows 7 already have the Intel RAID driver included so no F6 install required; just pop disk in and do install.
Yes you can install windows 7 64 bit on a DG45ID with RAID I did it using a BYTECC usb floppy and loaded the Intel newset raid drivers during w7 install no problem . Now using two ent. class 160 raptiors RAID O , works good preety fast , just whished I had gone SSD instead of RAID . One ssd is much faster than any raid.