You wouldn't read about it!!
Have tried every possible config of win 7 x64 to 2 x 2tb hdd's on the intel controller - ahci, non-raid raid and raid0 with efi enabled then disabled with all of them, and the only one that suffers a major blowout in boot time is the one I want to use - raid0 with efi!
With that config, the boot time nose dives from a fairly quick 20 secs, to a frustratingly tedious 1 min and 40 secs, most of which is with very little hdd activity.
Also, when installing the drivers, they install fairly quickly on all configs except raid0 + efi, where it will sit at 100% for an inordinate length of time [minutes] with absolutely no hdd activity, to the point where your sure the system has hung.
There was one interesting observation. On this last attempt, I rearranged the order in which I installed the first few drivers.
Whereas previously I was leaving the installation of the usb3 drivers till after vga, this time I installed chipset, then EM, then usb3 front with a few restarts in between to check boot time.
When I installed the usb3 front driver, this time the driver not only installed, but after the long wait at 100%, I had green ticked 'new device' messages popping up, unlike in my first post here where they installed but failed to start.
Wether this was because of the change in order of driver install, I can't say for sure, but it was a small step in the right direction which did create some excitement in me, but that was soon shot to pieces when I did a restart and the boot time was still insanely slow.
I've revisited this issue with 2 x 2tb hdd's on the intel controller in raid with efi and it's still the same problem when installing usb3 or lan drivers before win updates, in fact this time it really screwed up and errored out as per below pics.
This pic is the error at the end of installing usb3 front, after waiting the usual eternity at 100% progress
Then after clicking the ok button
Rob, I don't have a lot of experience with Renasys drivers, but I did have a Silverstone PCI-e USB 3.0 expansion card in an older machine built around a Renasys controller and my experience was identical to what you describe.
If the driver package your machine uses is similar to what I had, running setup.exe from the main package extracts its contents to a working subbdirectory. Within that subdirectory there will be separate folders for several different controllers. If that's the case, you'll have to find the correct folder for the controller in your system (mine was a uDP720202) and install the driver from there.
Wish I could be more specific, but I hope this helps in some small way.
Hi, thanks for your input. I'm not sure that this is the case here, you can see the folder with all the files in the background inc. setup.exe.
The archive you download from intel is just a self extracting exe with all those files in it. It then runs setup automatically after the extraction.
As noted above, it's only raid with efi that falls over, all other configs of hdd[s] work prefectly.