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Reinstalling operating system

I need to reinstall my OS I have a recovery disk but no seperate drivers disk,is it likely all needed drivers are on the recovery disk ?

If after using the recovery disk will the computer come back being able to run as it was when supplied?

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  • bobtelecom69 Oct 14, 2008

    Well I put in the recovery disk but it failed after a short time because it couldn't find something called SISRaid drivers, on further investigation it seems these are hard drive drivers,thats why it couldnt proceed,Im pretty sure I have a floppy with these drivers supplied by the manufacturer from new with the computer,the only problem being there is no floppy disk drive fitted on the computer,so how on earth can I load them to proceed?

  • bobtelecom69 Oct 14, 2008

    After starting the recovery cd it stops after a few seconds and says it cannot continue as the SISRaid driivers are missing,these apparently are the drivers for the hard drive ...I do have them but they are on a floppy and of course computers these days usually come withhout floppy drives,mine included,so for the moment Im stuck ....apparantly they cannot be entered from a cd or I would have copied them onto one ...



    The problem is Im seeing it at the moment is that my hard drive is a Sata and Windows doesnt carry those drivers,so therefore the recovery cd cannot continue without the hard drive starting ....

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Vista does have a very extensive driver database already, and should reinstall all of your drivers after you reinstall. If there is a driver that you need that you can not find, you can look on your computer manufacturers website or just post here what drivers you need. You will be OK :)

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  • compgeek09 Oct 13, 2008

    DONT FORGET TO BACK UP YOUR DATA!!!!

  • compgeek09 Oct 13, 2008

    Documents, Pictures, Music Etc....

  • compgeek09 Oct 14, 2008

    I cant believe it is asking for this but.... here we go:) Try this and let me know. Is it asking you to insert a cd?



    Go here, choose Vista> SATA&RAID>SATA&RAID> hit go> choose your download loaction (USA?) then you will need to copy to a cd or possibly a flash drive might work.



    http://www.sis.com/download/



    Keep me posted!

  • compgeek09 Oct 14, 2008

    Hey read these 2 articles. Sounds to me like step 14 is where you are getting stuck. Also, step 15 says that you can use floppy, CD, or USB flash drive. Give this a try and let me know what happens. Thaks for your patience, and I will get you going, If I have to come install it myself..lol Jk I hope this works for you!

    Re: Installing Vista Upgrade needing SATA RAID drivers



    Installing RAID/SATA Drivers
    Raid and/or SATA drivers are not installed by default by the Windows Operating system; therefore if your Raid or SATA drivers are not installed manually at the beginning of the Windows installation sequence, the chances are that you will not have access to your Raid or SATA disk drive(s).

    To remedy this the driver(s) need to be installed during the very early stages of installation of the Windows Operating system

    Clean Install
    1/ Turn your PC On

    2/ As the PC starts quickly insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

    3/ If all goes well a black screen should appear with the legend 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.' If you miss this screen just reboot your machine again

    4/ At the 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD' screen Press Enter or any other key to start the Windows Installation

    5/ Windows will now start loading files into memory

    6/ After files have been loaded the screen will change to a black screen with a green progress bar. Beneath the progress bar are the Microsoft copyright details

    7/ After a short while the language selection screen will appear. Select the desired language, and then click the Next button

    8/ The Install screen will now appear

    9/ On the Install screen Press the Install Now button

    10/ At the next screen Insert your Windows Product Code number and press Enter

    11/ Next you need to accept the EULA (End User Licence Agreement). Place a Tick in the Accept box and then Click the Next button

    12/ At the next screen you will need to Select your Installation type. As you are performing c Clean install only the Custom option will be available for selection

    13/ The next screen asks 'Where do you want to install Windows'

    14/ On this screen, bottom left hand corner, you will see an option marked Load Drivers. Click on this option

    15/ To install the device driver(s) you will need to insert the installation media that came with the RAID/SATA drives and which contains the relevant driver(s). This media can be floppy disk, CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Once you have inserted the media into the relevant drive, Click the OK button

    16/ The system will now search the media for the relevant driver(s)

    17/ After the search has been completed the driver(s) will appear in the 'Select the driver to be installed' Window

    18/ Select the relevant driver and then click Next

    19/ The driver will now be installed

    20/ If more than one driver requires to be installed, repeat steps 17 to 19 until the necessary drivers have been installed

    21/ After all drivers have been installed, click the Next button to continue installing Windows Vista........





    Well, after 3 weeks of seaching the internet for a way to install Vista I
    finally got it to work. Nothing I found out there in numerous forums helped.
    Intel only has the drivers that are a few years old already. Every time I
    tried to Install Vista it told me I needed updated drivers even though I have
    the "newest" ones available.

    Out of the two choices my Vista upgrade gives, If I choose the first, to
    upgrade saving my setting and such it never lets me past the SATA RAID driver
    warning and closes the install. I decided to back up all my **** and try the
    "clean" install which I find out doesn't wipe anything, it just puts all your
    old stuff in a folder called windows.old but you need to re-install many
    programs although some of mine do work run from there.

    Anyway, after selecting to do the "clean" install it still told me that my
    SATA RAID driver needed to be updated but here it gives me the opportunity to
    load the driver from a CD or Floppy or somewhere. I had the floppy with the
    most current driver from Intel that is used for the F6 install. So I figure
    what the heck I'll point it to that floppy. It sees the file as one it needs
    but it rejects it and still tells me I need to upgrade the driver.

    From here I'm just fuming and just playing around since the Vista install
    tells you to uninstall some programs before trying, so I'm mad at having to
    reload those (again) since this attempt failed (again). On a hunch I looked
    at the driver version on the floppy (3.4.6.6222) and compared it to the one
    already loaded on my system in the device manager/properties area. The one
    loaded on my system was version 5.5.0.1035 from the Intel Matrix Storage
    Manager. That driver is dated 10/12/2005.

    So just to do something while watching TV I restarted the Vista upgrade
    install, selected the "clean" install and when it said I needed to upgrade
    the driver again I selected "load driver" and pointed it to my Intel
    directory where luckily that higher driver was located. It found that driver
    and after a minute of pondering my selection Vista started loading.

    Even though that driver was already loaded on my system for some reason the
    Vista upgrade didn't recognize it as valid until I actually pointed it to the
    driver. Weird but it worked and now I'm running Vista 2 days with no
    problems (so far).

    -So, I selected the "clean" install,
    -when it came up with the error I selected "Load Driver"
    -then pointed it to my folder Intel/Intel Matrix Storage Manager/Driver
    -It found the iastor.sys
    -I told it to use that one and Vista loaded.

    It seems a simple fix now but I don't understand why it didn't use that
    drive since it was already installed. To me Vista was telling me that it
    didn't like that driver, so I don't know what the installation program was
    looking at until I told it exactly where to look. Plus, nobody out in
    cyberspace seemed to know how to fix that error. I just got mine working by
    sheer luck and dinking around. Maybe this will help others out there.

  • compgeek09 Oct 14, 2008

    Please note that after step 21 there begins a new article with a different solution, so try both if the first one does not work.

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