Problem with SATA raid drivers

I am running the following rig;
Asus A8V Motherboard (bios revision 0218)
Socket 939 AMD 3200
1GB Kingston DDR 3200 in Dual Channel
And an 80 GB WD IDE drive

I recently plugged in 2 Maxtor Diamondmax 10 80GB SATA drives. (removed the WD IDE drive of course)
Started the system, went to the Asus raid Utility and set up the drives as a Raid 0, 16 KB byte size array.
Put in my raid driver floppy disk (downloaded from the Asus site) and strated my windows XP install (XP pro with SP2)
Hit F6 to specify manufacturer raid drivers. It goes fine, finds the driver and continues. Designate the drive (it shows the two drives as a single 156 gb partition) and format it to NTFS.

So far so good. Windows begins to copy files and stops with the message "windows cannot copy viasraid.sys" and that's it for the install.
I have created multiple floppy disks, verified that the viasraid.sys file is there with everything else, still no dice. Asus tech support maintains that it is a bad floppy drive, as a result, I bought a new floppy, installed it and the same thing happens. I have tested the floppy in another system and it works with no problems.

What are my options? Do I have to somehow slipstream the drivers into my XP Pro install disk, and if so how do I do that as SP2 was slipstreamed onto it originally?
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I also found this one from another very lengthy forum on teh same subject so with thanks to Sebastion here is a copy of his post and solution hope it is what you need too

Hi everyone,

I've just solved a boot problem on my NF7-S 2.0 while trying to install W2K on a SATA drive. First off, to eliminate other reasons, I had only the SATA drive (SATA channel 0) and the CD-ROM (Secondary IDE Master) hooked up.

W2K install from CD went well, hit F6 to install SATA driver etc. I also noticed one hickup in reference to the post from 7/15/2005 by dhume: At first the install screen wouldn't read the floppy, as if it was dirty or something. Solution: Remove and re-insert floppy, now it worked fine. Sounds stupid, but was repeatable when I had to repeat the istall due to not figuring out how to boot from SATA at first. I think somehow the floppy drive is reset and "ready to read" when inserting the disk or something... it never worked when booting with the floppy still in the drive.

W2K install then copied files to SATA HDD. Then, the HDD wouldn't be recognized during the next boot, despite the fact that I had set "First boot device: SATA" and enabled the SATA contoller etc.

The trick was to not only enable the SATA controller, but also to enable the BOOT SATA RAID ROM option in the bios. My incorrect assumption was that you only activate the SATA RAID ROM option if you want to do maintenance on your RAID array, and since I only had a single HDD, I wasn't needing it. However, enabling the SATA RAID ROM option is what makes the SATA drives available for booting, too! You don't need to enter the RAID config (it says to hit Ctrl-S if you want it). Just enable SATA RAID ROM, and now windows boots just fine from the SATA HDD. No driver updates or bios updates were necessary.

Hope this helps a few frustrated NF7-S folks...

Sebastian O.
OptycalAuthor Commented:
Hmm, sounds good.
The problem so far isnt that it does not recognize the drive, it seems to. Just that on the copy files portion of windows install it cannot seem to copy the driver....the link seems tohighlight how to slipstream the driver into the install process, something I had hoped to avoid but may not be able to after all.
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yes I did pay attention to that fact as yu stated you didnt really want to do this.
this part >> (removed the WD IDE drive of course) got me thinking, is the ide cable your using correct pins? I guess it must as bios is detecting the sata drives?


check your steps against these see if you mised anything.

RAID Level Effect Capacity  Performance Fault Tolerance  
raid level --0 --effect-- Striping-- Capacity -- 100 % -- perofrmance--High --  Fault tolerance --Low  
raid level--1 -  effect-- Mirroring-- Capacity --50 % --performance -medium/high--fault tolernce--high
raid level -0+1¹ - effect--Mirroring & Striping--- capacity-- 50 % --performance--high--fault tolerance-High
raid level- JBOD--effect- none - capacity - 100%--performance-normal- fault tolerance-normal

Methods of Installation

There are two methods for installing Windows on a SATA drive and/or setting up SATA RAID:

Option One:

1) Set up the system with essential components only (no sound cards or additional peripherals that are not required at the time of installing the Operating system)

2) Plug in your SATA drive/s

3) Place your Windows CD in the CD-rom and a floppy disc with the driver in the floppy drive

Note* To create the driver disk for Windows installation, you need to copy the contents of the folder named DriverDisk from the zip file, but not the folder itself - just the contents.

4) Boot the system and after the option to enter BIOS, Press the Tab key to enter user window

5) Create your RAID array or simply verify that the SATA drive has been detected

6) Exit and your system will detect the Windows installation disc in the CD-rom and will begin to load the installation program.

7) At the first Blue Screen prompt "Press F6 to install 3rd Party RAID Controller Software" Follow the instructions. It will detect the driver disc in the floppy drive and install the sata driver

8) Continue with the Windows installation

9) If you have set up a RAID array, after the Windows installation, install the driver again by running the setup.exe file. By running it again from Windows the -RAID tool will become available so that you can monitor or change your RAID array set up from within Windows

Option Two:

1) Set up the system with essential components only (no sound cards or additional peripherals that are not required at the time of installing the Operating system)

2) Plug in a Parallel ATA drive

3) Install Windows

4) Install the SATA RAID driver driver

5) Plug in your the Serial drive/s and use the -RAID Tool to set up RAID in the configuration of your choice

6) Partition and format the hard drive/s

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thanks Optycal  did you have success this time?
Best wishes Merete
OptycalAuthor Commented:
Yes, everything was perfect, thanks so much for your help!
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