Tip & How-To about ASUS M4A79T Deluxe ( M4A79T DLX MB PHENOM I) Motherboard

Problem Using Windows Install Disc with RAID? Some Tips:

After going through some issues installing Windows onto a RAID partition using this Motherboard, I found some things that were helpful.

#1 Install hangs, or I get an error after Installing RAID Driver. Nowhere in the manual does it tell you this (or at least I didn't see it) but when you install the RAID driver during the windows install, the Motherboard automatically sets SATA connectors 1, 2, 3, and 4 to be RAID. That means if the DVD/CD Rom you are using is plugged in to any of those connections, the minute you install the RAID Driver, the Optical Drive will no longer work. You have to use SATA 5 connector on the motherboard for your optical drive

#2 Multiple Optical Drives with RAID. Because of the issue in #1, there is really only 1 internal SATA Port you can plug an Optical drive into when you have RAID configured. There are some solutions if you want more than 1 Optical Drive alongside your RAID configurations.

You can use the ESATA port on the back of the Motherboard with an extra-long SATA cable. If your case has grommets on the back for water-cooling lines, you can run the cable through there, or just in an unused PCI slot on the back.

You can use an old-school PATA DVDrom. If you are installing 2 Optical drives, and one is a DVD burner or reader, you could get a PATA DVD Burner or reader instead. This Motherboard does have a good old fashioned ribbon connection, so it's possible. Typically DVDs or CDs don't move enough data to see a difference between PATA and SATA, but when you start getting into any DVD reading/Writing above 8X or so, you will be throttled.

Get a PCIe controller card. I think of this as the last resort for this board because of it's possibility with graphics cards. Hooking up anything unnecessary to any of the PCI slots would be defeating the purpose of having 2 full 16X PCIe slots. You might be able to squeeze one in on one of the 1X connections, or maybe the bottom full slot, but it could get cramped if you have 2 or more Video cards.

#3 Windows Installation Issues. DVD Drive Stops Reading during install. I had this issue even after finding out my issue from tip #1. I found that some windows install discs mixed with some manufacturer's DVD drives don't get along well. It would start the installation OK, and get most of the way through it, then it would hang and throw up an error. It seems that during Installation, the SATA DVD drive decides that doesn't like the generic drivers anymore, and just stops working. I fixed this by pulling a PATA DVD drive out of an older PC to use until Windows was fully installed. Once Windows was installed, I pulled that drive back out, and Installed my SATA DVD drive, and Windows installed the drivers with no problems.

#4 RAID Performance. I'm not too sure that I'm getting the best performance from this RAID-0 configuration. I'm running 2 WD Caviar Black 500GB HDDs. My Windows Experience score for the drives is still 5.9. Perhaps the RAID configuration would work better with some faster drives, like Samsung drives, or WD Velociraptors... But I'm unsure.

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I upgraded matheboard from p6t6 (stopped working for some reazon) to p6t7. My hard drives have been set up to raid. I have windows 7 ultimate installed. I set bios to raid and choose proper disc as boot 1 but computer keep asking me for selection of proper booting device? Do I have to re-do raid set up and re-install everything or there is some way to fix it? AJ


On many systems with RAID1 support built into the mobo chipset, that system includes some RAID management software in BIOS. You won't see it until you turn on RAID capabilities in the BIOS and add a drive. But you might find all the details you need in manuals on the matter from Dell, so look for those. They could have come with your machine, or you may have to search their website and download.

On systems I've seen you create and manage RAID arrays using that built-in software, NOT Windows tools. In fact, some RAID1 management tools would allow you to convert a single stand-along HDD to a RAID1 array by adding a matching HDD unit and then having the system copy all the data to the second drive. This is almost the same as the process to repair a damaged RAID1 array by replacing one faulty drive with a new one and rebuilding the array.

HOWEVER, Windows ALWAYS needs a RAID driver installed in it to use any RAID array. If you are simply booting from a "normal" stand-alone disk into Windows and then using a RAID array as a data storage system, the RAID driver installation can be done any time after Windows is running as you set up the new storage system. BUT Windows in ANY version cannot BOOT from a RAID array unless the RAID driver has been installed at the very beginning of the OS installation. This implies that, if you want to convert your single disk into a RAID1 2-disk array and use ONLY that as the HDD resource in the machine, you will need to re-install Windows, this time including the required RAID driver install at the beginning, in order to boot from that array.

I have read that there may be ways to convert a non-bootable RAID array into bootable by some complicated editing of Windows registry and boot files in order to force it to load the right driver at the right time from the right spot on a HDD, etc. But I am not SURE that would work. It's definitely for the adventurous knowledgeable techie.

So here's a quick guide to installing hardware RAID on a motherboard that features a RAID controller. These steps assume you are performing a clean Windows 7 install rather than an upgrade, and they might differ depending on your system set-up, but the general principles should be the same.
  1. Download the RAID drivers for your motherboard from the manufacturer's website and save them to a memory stick.
  2. Back up all your important data!
  3. Turn your PC off and unplug it.
  4. Install 2 hard disks preferably with identically capacity into your PC.
  5. Turn on your PC, press the delete key or F2 key when prompted to get to the BIOS menu.
  6. Find the option to select the RAID mode, save your settings and exit BIOS.image.axd?picture=bios-raid-options.jpg
  7. On reboot you should see a new menu option to enter the RAID controller settings. Enter the key combination when prompted to get to the RAID controller menu. image.axd?picture=amd-raid-menu.jpg
  8. Create a new RAID array selecting either RAID 0, or RAID 1.
  9. Select the disks that will form the array, save the settings and exit.
  10. On reboot press the delete key or F2 key when prompted to get to the BIOS menu.
  11. Check the boot sequence of your PC and ensure your optical drive is top of the list.image.axd?picture=bios-boot-sequence-options.jpg
  12. Insert your Windows 7 disk into the optical drive and exit the BIOS.
  13. On reboot press any key when prompted to boot from the optical drive.
  14. Windows 7 should start installing.
  15. Select your localisation settings and click next.image.axd?picture=localisation.jpg
  16. Click "repair your computer" and click the "load drivers" button.image.axd?picture=windows%207%20repair%20menu.png image.axd?picture=load-drivers-option.jpg
  17. Insert your memory stick and browse to the correct driver and install.
  18. Exit back to the Windows 7 install menu click "Install now" and on the next screen click "Custom (advanced)" to perform a clean install.image.axd?picture=install-windows-custom_thumb.jpg
  19. When you are asked where you want to install Windows 7 you should see that the 2 RAID hard disks are now visible as just 1 drive.
  20. Add a partition to the new drive so Windows with be able to recognise it.
  21. Continue installing Windows as normal.

Dec 04, 2010 | ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer Core i7 / Intel...

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The bios does not recognize the sata hard disk.Whether installing motherboard drives from net will help.Please advise. So I am not able to install windows.The message is something like Raid driver and no enough partition. Govind


Are you trying to install Windows XP?
Is so the problem is that the Windows XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver. To install Windows XP on a SATA hard drive, please click on this link and follow my instructions :-
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive

Oct 30, 2010 | MSI K8MM-V Motherboard

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I can't get the RAID 5 array setup on my computer. Can someone help?


Can you give more details? What have you tried, what doesn't work ...

Aug 03, 2010 | MSI 880GMAE45 AM3 AMD 880G USB 30 Micro...

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RAID drivers in Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Setup not detected


Delete the '32bit' folder from your USB drive, and try again to re-install Windows. Hopefully, it will find the '64bit' folder, and will install from that folder.

Mar 01, 2010 | Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate for PC

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I have recently purchased a new HDD (I now have 2 Hitachi P7K500 HDDs) and built it into my system. I have first formatted the HDD I already had, then configured my BIOS for use of RAID 0. My mobo (MSI K9A2 CF-F) btw has an on-board RAID controller which supports RAID 0, 1 and 0+1. (I changed the RAID setting in the BIOS from value IDE to value RAID. This triggered the RAID BIOS to launch on startup, so I need to have that selected to run RAID.) That all went well. Then I decided to reinstall my OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit) again using my LG GH20N DVD burner/reader, so I used the same drive and disk I have used successfully before. (I have installed Windows 7 like 5 times on that PC) However, during installation, when normally the window asking you on which partition you wish to install Windows would pop up, I get an error message, saying: "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now." This never happened before...I decided to google for a fix, but found nothing. (I found solutions for people using corrupt ISOs (reburn) or using old DVD drives (buy a new one), but the ISO I burned is OK, because it worked fine when I didn't run RAID, and my DVD drive also worked without running RAID. And the RAID array is the only thing I changed in my hardware configuration. (I even disabled RAID, and lo and behold, the setup ran fine!) Sadly, there were no fixes involving any kind of RAID. I need you to find me a driver that will fix this error message, so I can install WIndows 7 on my RAID 0 array. I can burn the driver to a CD-R or copy it to a USB stick, so that won't be a problem. Here's my specs again: Mobo: MSI K9A2 CF-F DVD drive: LG GH20N Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Thank you already, Yannick Verhoog.


1. If you are just setting up your computer to have an a regular HDD and Backup HDD, i would think you should be able to set that up by booting onto your computer regularly, go to start, then into My Computer and right clicking on the HDD you want to set as Raid 1.

But if just want that other HDD for Space on your computer, all you had to do was plug it in and there you go... extra space.

Now if your installing windows 7 on the other drive i would find that pointless because you already have it on your first drive unless your putting 2 operating systems onto your computer.

Hope this helps.

Feb 27, 2010 | Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate for PC

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