OK. I disconnected the Raid1 drives and changed the setting in f@ from RAID to IDE. Now I can boot my backup drive. No problems with it.
Why cant I boot it as a stand alone drive when RAID is enabled? It is not part of a raid confiig. I need to be able to boot up the drive into WindowsXP so I can format the Raid1 mirror and to a ghost copy back to them...
Your suggestions are appreciated...
This is not a very active message board. I thought the Intel support persons were monitoring this forum and replying to customer issues??
I was able to get the two raid1 disks recognised by the winXP cd and got them partitioned, formatted, and a base load of winXP loaded onto them. So now I know they are functional. I dont want to load/configure everything again. I did reload since I installed this sysbrd so all the drivers are good.
All I need now is to know HOW DO I LOAD THE RAID DRIVER to the backup hdd that wont boot? It must be the fact that there is no raid driver loaded that it wont boot. If anyone reads these forums please let me know how I can do this....
I replied to a similar previously.
If you are using Windows XP, the best way to install the OS on the RAID mode is to use Nlite. If you have Vista, copy the F6 driver to a USB pen and load it later when asked. (note if you are using 32 bit OS,use the 32 bit driver otherwise use 64 bit)
I have installed Windows XP Nlited version several times. It works fine without any problem.
The BSOD that you have, indicates that the driver was not loaded properly.
So i will advise you to do it again, follow the instructions from the website below.
Connect only the drives that you created the raid, after the OS installation complete, you can connect your backup drive.
Once OS is installed, install all the drivers in the following order: chipset, audio, graphics, lan, intel Matrix software etc.
Connect your backup (make sure it is set as the main boot drive priority in the bios)
The F6 driver for this board is on the link below:
Website for 32 bits Windows: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/T8Clearance.aspx?Type=&agr=Y&ProductID=2933&DwnldID=15251&url=/15251/eng/STOR_all32_f6flpy32_184.108.40.2067_PV.zip&PrdMap=&strOSs=44&OSFullName=Windows*XPProfessional&lang=eng
Website for 64 bits windows: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/T8Clearance.aspxType=&agr=Y&ProductID=2933&DwnldID=15251&url=/15251/eng/STOR_all64_f6flpy64_220.127.116.117_PV.zip&PrdMap=&strOSs=44&OSFullName=Windows*XPProfessional&lang=eng
Hope this helps a bit.