Intel SATA RAID (1) and Win 7 Home Premium newbie. Short version of long story - replaced old dead SATA RAID (1) Drives in Win XP system with (2) new 500GB Drives plus plan to upgrade RAM to 8GB (would have liked more but $$$) and install new OS = WIN 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.
MB is GA-EP45-UD3R Rev 1.1 and I am having trouble figuring out how to get, prepare and install the Intel RAID Drivers for 64 Bit Win 7 HP.
My main problem is that on the Gigabyte site they offer two SATA RAID Drives. (so does Intel)
Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy. OS: Windows XP 64bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 126.96.36.1993 0.32 MB 2009/08/11
Intel SATA RAID/AHCI Driver OS: Windows XP 32bit, Windows XP 64bit, Windows Vista 32bit,Windows Vista 64bit,Windows 7 32bit,Windows 7 64bit,Windows Server 2003 32bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 188.8.131.523 13.10 MB 2009/08/11
The first "pre-install" driver extract to a 64Bit (bootdisk - Win XP 64?) and the second "I do not know when to use it" Driver extracts to a (iata_cd.exe).
This is where I am totally lost. Which RAID Driver and from where do I install during the clean install of Win 7.
I get the need for a USB Stick/Thumb Drive with the SATA RAID Driver on it that Win 7 will ask to be pointed at, but which Driver????
I cannot extract anything from the iata_cd.exe. Tried 7-Zip, Universal Extractor and File Alyser - I do not see a Win 7 64Bit SATA Raid Driver??
Do I point Win 7 at the whole file??
The first Driver states that it is for Win XP 64 Bit or Win Server 2003 64 Bit but it is extractable?
My new RAM and OS will arrive in the next couple of days so I really need help with this.