Does x64 require a SATA RAID Driver to install non-RAID SATA Drive

Does x64 require a SATA RAID Driver to install non-RAID SATA Drive

Post by VGhlb3JldG » Sat, 16 Jul 2005 08:08:01


I am very confused with the fact that I have found no concrete area where it
says if you need to have RAID Drivers for installing normal SATA Drives that
aren't on a RAID. I was able to install Windows XP 32-bit onto a sata drive.
The installer was an original copy with no service packs. It would seem
counter productive to me if Microsoft required SATA drivers for non RAID hard
drives. Please help.

If you don't want to read that long paragraph my question is: "Are 3rd party
drivers required to install Windows XP Pro x64 onto a SATA Drive that isn't
part of a RAID?"

Final Piece: I have 6 SATA port on my Motherboard. 2 that are off "alone"
and can't be used in the RAID. Then I have 4 that are tied to a Silicon Image
RAID Chip. The Hard Drives are in the two ports that are alone. I need some
help.
 
 
 

Does x64 require a SATA RAID Driver to install non-RAID SATA Drive

Post by Tom Fergus » Sat, 16 Jul 2005 10:02:36

If you are installing XP 64 bit to a SATA drive that is _not_ part of a
RAID array, you do not need to install RAID drivers. However, if you are
going to want to read or write to a RAID array subsequent to the OS
install, whether to install or use applications that were installed to
the RAID, create or read user files, you will have to install
appropriate drivers subsequent to the Windows 64 bit install.

If RAID is wanted and is to be independent of the SATA drive with the
OS, you will have to make BIOS changes (if the controller is on-mobo
chip set) or otherwise create the array _and_ load drivers for it.

I urge you to check the mobo manual carefully to determine which
connectors are controlled by which controllers. Some mobos have more
than one HD controller type by more than one chip maker. For some of
these, Windows XP 64 bit does not have drivers yet no does anyone else.

Hope this is what you want to know.

Tom
MSMVP
Windows Shell/User

"Theoretically" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in

:I am very confused with the fact that I have found no concrete area
where it
: says if you need to have RAID Drivers for installing normal SATA
Drives that
: aren't on a RAID. I was able to install Windows XP 32-bit onto a sata
drive.
: The installer was an original copy with no service packs. It would
seem
: counter productive to me if Microsoft required SATA drivers for non
RAID hard
: drives. Please help.
:
: If you don't want to read that long paragraph my question is: "Are 3rd
party
: drivers required to install Windows XP Pro x64 onto a SATA Drive that
isn't
: part of a RAID?"
:
: Final Piece: I have 6 SATA port on my Motherboard. 2 that are off
"alone"
: and can't be used in the RAID. Then I have 4 that are tied to a
Silicon Image
: RAID Chip. The Hard Drives are in the two ports that are alone. I need
some
: help.

 
 
 

Does x64 require a SATA RAID Driver to install non-RAID SATA Drive

Post by John Barne » Sat, 16 Jul 2005 10:12:32

Depends on your motherboard chipset. Nforce4 works with no drivers on most
SATA I drives. Via requires drivers at F6 for any SATA install.
Give more information if you need additional help