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Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« on: 28-December-12, 01:36:16 »

Hi there, I have a MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard that I just recently purchased. As part of my upgrade I also got 2 Seagate 3TB drives to put into Raid 0 to function as my boot drive.

I'm unable to figure out how to get windows installed. I Setup the raid array under legacy mode to configure the array and then set it to start the array using the "UEFI driver". After that I set the boot priority so that it boots into the EFI shell. I selected my DVD-ROM drive that had the windows 7 x64 install disk and the BOOTX64.EFI file from the shell. From there I booted the install disk and used the amd raid driver from the msi motherboard page then followed the prompts until I got to unallocated space then hit next. At that point it just comes up saying it couldn't format the disk and gives an error code.  :confused2:

Everything in the manual for the motherboard points to it supporting booting from a GPT drive but I'm unable to get it to work. :noidea: Maybe it doesn't support booting while in raid?

Here are the system spec's
OS: Windows 7 Pro x64
CPU: AMD FX-8320
MOtherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD80
RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz
GPU: Nvidia 660 Ti x3 SLi
Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200rpm Raid 0 4k sectors with 64KB strips
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #1 on: 11-January-13, 12:59:32 »

I am having this exact same issue, except i'm trying to install Windows 8.

Did anyone find a solution, please help msi
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #2 on: 11-January-13, 13:38:35 »

If you are installing in UEFI mode for win 8 don't use Legacy. You will create the raid array inside uefi bios. Then boot to your install media in win 8 mode, i find it helpful to use a usb stick for the install media and also include all raid drivers on the stick. Load the newest drivers using f6.

The VD may need to be reformated using diskpart to GPT for this to work in Win 8 mode. (I haven't tried this in raid mode myself)
Here is a guide if you need such.
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=163500.0
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #3 on: 11-January-13, 17:25:17 »

The option to do this is not present on this board 970A-G46
When I enable UEFI Driver no additional menus appear.
Is there a hotkey or something to open it up within the UEFI BIOS Screen?
Only in Legacy ROM mode do I get an option to configure the array via CTRL+F

Please help.

Thanks.
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #4 on: 11-January-13, 17:50:54 »

On my board, when I enable win 8 features and disable legacy, I hit f10 save reboot then go back into uefi bios.

Then you will see the raid controller in the advanced section, where the nic controller options are.(just above the nic options actually)I assume yours are in the same place. From there you can create your VD and hopefully it will creating it using GPT so you won't need the extra steps. Let me know if you don't see it and I'll try to dig up a screen shot of your bios.
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HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #5 on: 11-January-13, 17:57:05 »

I definitely don't see it, all the screenshots I see about this topic are only for Intel Boards.

AMD boards seem not to have full UEFI RAID support  :biggthumbsdown:
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #6 on: 11-January-13, 18:03:45 »

This board:
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=BIOS

Doesn't have win 8 features.

So try this, enable legacy raid.

When you goto install windows, hit Shift+f5 to enter dos.

Then use diskpart to format the drive to GPT.
Then retry to install windows.
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PSU:  Corsair GS700
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MEM: Corsair 2133 2x4gb CL: 9 Dominator Platinum
500GB HHD
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PSU: Corsair AX1200I
Cooler: Corsair 80I
SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB SSD
Startech Raid Controller Card
HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
HDD: 2x Seagate 1tb 7200 in Raid 0
OS: Win 8.1 Pro in UEFI mode
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #7 on: 11-January-13, 18:09:05 »

I tried that, but it doesn't work. The install seems to go through but doesn't boot into windows after.
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #8 on: 11-January-13, 18:14:00 »

Did you use F6 to installed the latest AMD raid drivers?
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Driver&os=Win7%2064

Raid Manual:
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Manual

Might not have 3tb support, I'll check on that for you now.
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SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB SSD
Startech Raid Controller Card
HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #9 on: 14-January-13, 19:02:28 »

@daxt0r
The 970XXX doesn't support raid w/ 3tb drives at present.
There may be a work around in the near future, but the short answer is NO.

Sorry.
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500GB HHD
COOLER: Zalman 9900
OC: (Turbo)4.5Gh
Ram: 2133Mhz 1.55v
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HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #10 on: 15-January-13, 12:23:41 »

Thanx , just as i suspected :(  :hat tip:
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Re: Installing windows with 2 3TB Seagate drives in raid 0
« Reply #11 on: 15-January-13, 18:12:20 »

daxt0r I have attached an SOP from MSI regarding your issue. Let me know how it works as I have nothing to test it with myself.
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500GB HHD
COOLER: Zalman 9900
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Board: X79A-GD65 (8D)
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SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB SSD
Startech Raid Controller Card
HDD: 2x Seagate 500gb 7200 in Raid 0
HDD: 2x Seagate 1tb 7200 in Raid 0
OS: Win 8.1 Pro in UEFI mode
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