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Need Help Installing Windows on SAS Array

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Hi Guys.

I picked up a Dell Perc5i Raid controller.

It came out of a Dell precision 690

I want to install Windows XP Pro X-64 on my SAS Array.

What driver do I need for windows to see the drives?

I have a Raid 0 stripe created with the LSI/Dell Manager.

Basically, if someone could highlight which driver I need to download from Dell, and how to install that onto a floppy, or how to make a bootable USB memory card to install them on would be great.

A response would be much appreciated

K-TRON

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Hi Guys.

I picked up a Dell Perc5i Raid controller.

It came out of a Dell precision 690

I want to install Windows XP Pro X-64 on my SAS Array.

What driver do I need for windows to see the drives?

I have a Raid 0 stripe created with the LSI/Dell Manager.

Basically, if someone could highlight which driver I need to download from Dell, and how to install that onto a floppy, or how to make a bootable USB memory card to install them on would be great.

A response would be much appreciated

K-TRON

Looking at this page: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...tid=&impid= under "SAS Raid Controller", the driver link gets you here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...-1&impid=-1, where there is information about putting it on a floppy.

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I downloaded "BR165680"

I followed the directions, and installed it on the floppy drive

Windows stated that the specified driver wasnt compatible with XP X-64

So

I changed the operating system in the pull down menu option to XP X-64

I downloaded and installed "BR165682"

I press F6, and it reads/loads the file from the floppy disc.

Than installation continues

When it gets to the step of selecting the drives, Windows fails.

It says that Windows did not detect any discs. blah blah, To quit installation press F3.

I am running a TYAN Thunder N6650W (S2915) motherboard with two Opteron quad core processors.

I tried disabling the onboard SAS, but that makes no difference.

The LSI/Dell manager states that the drives are "online"

The floppy after the file is copied states that there is only 79.5kb used

Is there something I am missing?

I have the SAS breakout cable in the white slot, should I have it in the black instead?

K-TRON

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No idea, assuming you have the right INF and SYS (and whatever other driver files there are-- should be only a few hundred KB tops, 79.5KB may or may not be right) extracted to the floppy you should be good to go.

Any reason why you're using such an old OS? XP x64 always lagged with driver support, Vista and Win7 are much better in x64 versions.

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Just after I posted my last post, I figured why not try using the black connector.

Windows XP X-64 installed without any problem.

I guess the white port is the slave or secondary SAS breakout point.

It is working fine now.

XP X-64 works good for me. Sees the 32gb of ram without a problem and it works good with my CAD software.

I am not a fan of Vista. Havent bothered with 7, cause I prefer XP still.

I have tried Server03 but that is the most stubborn operating system I have ever used.

Thanks everyone

K-TRON

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