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How I do install SATA raid drivers on Windows Server 2008?

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I looking to install Windows Server 2008 on a newly purchased HP ProLiant ML115 G5 Server and the server has an Nvidia Nforce raid controller built into the motherboard. I have installed two 160Gb SATA HDD drives but the drivers on the HP Easy Setup CD do not recognise the Nvdia controller.
Any ideas anyone?
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Question by:PradeepMistry
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by:DMTechGrooup
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Get the windows vista raid drivers for the product.

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

You need to the f6 custom drives to load.
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by:IanTh
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by:PradeepMistry
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DMTechGrooup replied :

Get the windows vista raid drivers for the product.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
You need to the f6 custom drives to load.
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How do I know which Nforce driver to choose from the list?
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by:PradeepMistry
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IanTh:I would look in hp,s drivers
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=3683706&lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&taskId=135
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already looked here... only drivers for HP raid controllers
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by:DMTechGrooup
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Windows might not recognize the controller as a bootable device and in fact will fail to load because the driver for the controller is required. So you NEED to do the following PRIOR to doing anything else.

* Download and extract the Embedded SATA RAID Drivers to a temporary folder.

* Go to Control Panel-> Add New Hardware->Device is connected->New Hardware->Raid Controller->Have Disk->Browse the folder where the Embedded SATA RAID Drivers were extracted to. Select the .inf file->Install Raid Driver.

* Restart the Server goto BIOS enable the Embedded SATA RAID.

* Proceed with the above steps.

Please let me know the outcome of this.

Here is the link where you can download the drivers from:
HP 4/8 Internal Port SAS HBA with RAID and SCxxGe series HBA Driver for Windows Server 2003 http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&prodNameId=3683706
&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-3adf009917004138afdfd115cb

HP 4/8 Internal Port SAS HBA with RAID and SCxxGe series HBA Driver for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&prodNameId=3683706
&swEnvOID=1113&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-3bad6a5d8e9c4487a4cd73fc6d

HP 4/8 Internal Port SAS HBA with RAID and SCxxGe series HBA Driver for Windows Server 2008
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&prodNameId=3683706
&swEnvOID=4022&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-f3e7814082cf484eb83bd0362b

HP 4/8 Internal Port SAS HBA with RAID and SCxxGe series HBA Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&prodNameId=3683706
&swEnvOID=4024&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-ea2012e21b964c239888f046ba
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by:bdesmond
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Does this model not come with a SmartStart CD? If it does you should boot from that CD and use the subsequent wizard to launch the Windows setup...


Thanks,
Brian Desmond
Active Directory MVP
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PradeepMistry earned 0 total points
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DMTechGrooup - your solution is very detailed but references the HP raid controllers. My inbuilt Nvidia Nforce raid controller will not work with any of these

bdesmond - the server comes with a easy setup cd but this can not be used with an Nvidia Nforce raid controller.

I have installed Windows 2K3 server now by purchasing a usb floppy disk drive and loading the nvidia drivers from the HP website.
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