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RAIDing Windows XP:
How to Install Windows XP
on a RAID Array of Hard Disk Drives

Last updated: 1/18/2004

WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION

The only difference in the Windows XP installation with RAID 0, RAID 0/1, and JBOD as compared to a RAID 1, Mirrored configuration is that the combined drive size will be about twice as large. The Windows XP installation is shown with the RAID 0 configuration for perfomance-oriented readers (e.g., gamers).

Install Drivers

These instructions for Windows XP installation assume you want the computer to boot to the RAID array just created. The installation or presence of a third hard disk drive is not required to do this or to operate the computer with a RAID array.

From the last step, the computer should boot to the windows XP CD and display a blue DOS screen similar to...

Windows Setup

 

 

 

 

 

Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver...

20. Watch the Status in the white band at the bottom of the screen.  When it says, "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver..." do so and do it before it goes away. If you didn't, reset the computer to start the Windows install over.

The Status will then indicate the system is loading files, etc. and stop at menu that looks like this"

Windows Setup

Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

 <none>

* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S.

* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows,
press ENTER.

  S=Specify Additional Device  Enter=Continue   F3=Exit

21. Press the S Key.

Windows Setup

Please insert the disk labeled

Manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk

into Drive A:

*  Press ENTER when ready.

  Enter=Continue  ESC=Cancel  F3=Exit

22. Insert the floppy with the RAID controller drivers.

Windows Setup

You have chosen to configure a SCSI adapter for use with Windows, using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.

Select the SCSI adapter you want From the following list, or Press Esc to return to the previous screen.

HighPoint HPT3xx ATA RAID Controller (Win2000)
HighPoint HPT3xx ATA RAID Controller (WinXP)
HighPoint HPT3xx ATA RAID Controller (WinNT 4.0)
  Enter=Select  F3=Exit

23. Don't let the mention of a SCSI adapter confuse you.  Highlight the XP choice and Press Enter to select it.

Windows Setup

The drive you have provided seems to be newer than the Windows default drive.

Windows already has a driver that you can use for "HighPoint HPT3xx ATA RAID Controller (WinXP)".

Unless the device manufacturer prefers that you use the driver on the floppy disk, you should use the driver in Windows.

S=Use the driver on floppy  Enter=Use the Windows default driver

24. Well, the default Windows XP driver does not work, so
press S.

Windows Setup

Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

HighPoint HPT3xx ATA RAID Controller (WinXP)

Unless the device manufacturer prefers that you use the driver on the floppy disk, you should use the driver in Windows.

* To specify additional SCSI adapters....


  S=Specify Additional Device  Enter=Continue  F3=Exit

25. Press Enter to continue.

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