Realizing that I being able to develop on my desktop would come in handy while my laptop was otherwise in use, yesterday I decided to turn it on and bring it up to speed. Seeing as I had no Visual Studio installed, I decided I might as well upgrade to Windows 7 before I bothered to install anything. While booting to an install thumb drive, I recalled the horrible pain in the ass I had to go through to get my RAID working to install Vista some years ago. The mobo on my computer is an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (socket 939) so I first went and looked into exactly what I was running and what I could find on the internet. The mobo supports RAID through nForce4 (NVidia) and a Silicon Image controller. So first thing I did was downloaded a plethora (yes El Guapo, I know what a plethora is) of drivers that seemed like they’d fit the bill. After trying this for several hours last night, I hit failure. Deciding it wasn’t meant to be, I put up a disappointing status on the good book and went to bed.
Not to disappoint me like my driver search had, I awoke to a few different suggestion, most of them from Atomic. After further talking with him at work, I decided to try a couple different things:
- Unplugging the SATA cables from the onboard SI ports and plugging them into the Nvidia ports.
- Updating my BIOS.
- Turning off the SI controller and turning on the Nvidia “MediaShield” controller.
- Trying to find newer drivers again.
So after getting home from work today, the first thing I did was update the bios. This went over well until I rebooted and my RAID controller couldn’t find any devices (not even hard drives!). At this point I was pretty sure I had completely EFFED my entire system. After plugging the cables into the Nvidia ports and trying again, I still had nothing. At this point I just said screw it, as long as I can get the damn thing to install. So I scoured my bios and found how to turn off the SI Controller. However, there was no way to turn on Mediasheild. After a bit of research, it would seem that while I have the Deluxe mobo, Atmoic has the Premium. Mine is without Mediashield. Still screwed, I spent another hour trying to load different drivers. I went through Asus and Nvidia’s sites as well as numerous forums and found nothing. Finally I came upon Silicon Image’s PCI to 4 Port SATA150 drivers. Finally I had pay dirt. The drivers successfully loaded during the Windows 7 install and showed my now recreated (and blank) RAID array. So while I failed to keep any of my data (not as bad as it could be thanks to primarily using a laptop) I am now running Win7 on both home computers.