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