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Windows 7 starts to boot and fails part way through when my SATA configuration is set to RAID (from IDE). Before Win7 fails, the raid display shows everything as healthy with no actual raid volumes created (I want to pull the data of a drive before taking the plunge). Following the advice here ( http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/cs-025783.htm ) I tried installing updated software, but it fails to install with the error "this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". I gather from other searching that I need to have RAID enabled in the BIOS to install this. Obviously if I can't boot in RAID I can't install the software to fix the boot process, ugh!
As for alternate workarounds, I couldn't find any updated firmware and my drives are already connected to SATA ports 4 and 5. So, how do I enable RAID on my controller? Is it impossible?
And yes, I've read http://communities.intel.com/message/72274 it didn't have anything helpful.