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Are the drivers for Dell SAS 5/iR raid card available for winodws 7 or windows xp?

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I have Power Edge 640 Server with Server 2003 installed.  I need to replace the OS with either Windows 7 or XP, preferably Windows 7.  I'm going in circles trying to find available drivers for anything but Server 2003.  Anyone know if Windows 7 or XP will work with this RAID card and if so where are the drivers?  Thanks.
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by:PCGalOfCal
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CORRECTION...IT'S A POWER EDGE 840, not 640.
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I just installed Win 7 Pro 64 bit to a Power Edge 2900 with a PERC 5i, I used the Win Server 2008 PERC drivers 64 bit.
Downloaded them put them into an USB memory and during installation selected the downloaded drivers.
First I did set up the RAID using the PERC BIOS utility to create a virtual drive
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by:PCGalOfCal
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I downloaded drivers but Windows didn't seem to need them.  Is that possible?  The OS installed no problem and the card shows up in the device manager.  I created the virtual disk before the OS install and now I'm syncing the mirrored drives through the SAS cards Bios.  Did you have to sync through the Perc bios after you installed the OS.  I'm curious.  I hope I doing this right.  It looks like the synchronization is going to take hours. Ugh!
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by:xema
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I first installed Ubuntu 10.10, that's when I created the virtual disk I have 4 SAS 148GB 15K RPM drives, I set a RAID 5 with all the disks.
Because I intend to do some music recording with the server and Ubuntu lacks the USB 2.0 drivers I need I changed to Win 7 Pro.
I had to "destroy" the previous file system and I wasn't able to install win 7 until I loaded the Server 2008 drivers, then I was able to install win 7.
I don't remember syncronizing the drives but it took a while to create the virtual drive, probably in the range of an hour.
I did have problems when I installed a video card, nvidia NVS 300 PCIe x1, it took ages to load win and did it with a VGA driver 640x480 16 colors. Installed the nVidia drivers and reboot, got the full capacities on the video card.
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Thanks for your input.  I think it's working and just taking a really really really long time because the drives are 2TB each.  I hope.  Anyway, 7 installed with no problem.
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