Install Win7 with RAID

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ToniCipriani, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. ToniCipriani

    ToniCipriani MDL Junior Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    I'm having some trouble trying to install Windows 7 the way I want it.

    I have 3 hard drives on a nForce 570 Ultra RAID controller, with 2 80GB set up in a RAID-0 configuration, and a standalone 500GB drive with 2 partitions, one larger and one smaller, both for stoarge. I currently use XP Pro SP3, and it's configured such that the boot files, XP system files and Program Files folder reside on the RAID array, and my Documents and Settings folder reside on the larger partition in the 500GB. I'm planning do to a clean reinstall of Windows 7 with basically the same set up, with Windows system files and boot on the RAID array, and the Users folder in the larger partition on the 500GB.

    I'm having 2 issues:

    1. I created an Unattend.XML with the ProfilesDir set to E:\Users (the larger partition on the 500GB) and put it on USB for Windows Setup to pickup. But somehow Windows Setup still insist on creating the Users folder on the RAID and ignoring it.

    2. Setup always tries to create the BOOTMGR in the smaller partition on the 500GB, which confuses my BIOS, as it tries to look for the boot files on the RAID, and all I get is the "BOOTMGR missing, hit C+A+D" message. I read up on some places that one way to solve this is unplug all non-RAID drives (i.e. the 500GB), however this creates the dilemma that I need the drive to be plugged in to create the Users folder.

    Are there any ways to get my setup created? I don't want any data residing on the RAID, just system and program files.

    Thanks in advance.