Adding RAID support for Vista x64 after installation
Posted on 2011-09-23
I installed Windows Vista x64 on a machine quite some time ago. This machine has a few drives. One of those drives I want to mirror with RAID-1, so I installed an identical drive, switched the machine's BIOS from SATA to RAID, and created the array with these two drives. When booting into Windows, however, it makes it part-way through the Vista loading screen before a VERY brief bluescreen appears (too fast to even read) and the machine automatically reboots. I set the motherboard back to SATA mode and Vista booted fine (but the RAID-1 drives appear as uninitialized in Device Manager).
I'm assuming Vista won't start with the motherboard in RAID mode because no usable RAID drivers are installed? Is there a way I can add RAID support to this system without having to reinstall Vista with the RAID drivers?
I'm aware that I could set up mirroring through Vista with minimal performance impact, but I'd prefer to use the motherboard's RAID controller if at all possible.
EDIT: I probably should mention in case it's helpful... the motherboard is an ASUS M3A78-EM. The RAID information shows up as an AMD Raid option ROM version 3.0.1540.34.