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MegaRAID LSI00208 9260-16i Driver for Windows 2008r2

Hi

I have installed  9260-16i in my mobo GA-H55M-USB3 (rev. 2.0), and I am planning to add 2x 1 TB WD1002FAEX as RAID 1 for Windows 2008r2 OS. Also, I will add 7x 3tb as RAID 6 for file sharing.

Now, I am facing a problem that Windows did not recognize the hard drive to start installation. While I tried many drivers, still can't find the correct one.

Please help.

Regards
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Abdurahman Almatrodi
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MidnightOneCommented:
I found the signed drivers here. The drivers download page for this RAID controller is here.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Did you try the 2003 Intel drivers for the H55 chipset?
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3444#

On installation this should appear as "Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID Controller" and NOT "RAID/AHCI Driver for GIGABYTE GBB36X Controller"

Note that there is also a hardware limitation on this board in supporting some RAID configurations, I don't think Intel support it as a server board at all.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
oops - yes the MegaRAID card .... :o  Must brush up on my 'reading the actual question' skills :)
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rindiCommented:
Have you setup the array for the OS prior to trying the Windows installation? Without that being done the installation won't see the RAID volume whether you are using the correct drivers or not.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Those drives are NOT suitable for that controller.  You can count on data loss if you use them.  See the compatibility list below:

http://www.lsi.com/downloads/Public/RAID%20Controllers/RAID%20Controllers%20Common%20Files/MegaRAID_Value_Feature_Interop_List_SAS2.pdf

(Even WD says these disks are unsuitable for anything other than RAID0,1,or 10 ... so it isn't just LSI)
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Did you set up the R1 in the RAID Controller BIOS?
After setting up the R1 did you make it bootable?
From there, once the R1 was created did you verify that the BIOS HDD Boot Order showed your RAID controller in the first position?

Besides the comments above about the drives not being compatible they may show after you have loaded the driver using that dialogue in the Windows PE OS setup mode.

Make sure that you have downloaded the correct driver from LSI's site. You could also download the equivalent Intel RAID Controller driver from http://downloadfinder.intel.com as they share the same platform.

Philip
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
Nothing is working till now.

Philip:
I install the card, and connected the two 1 tb to it. Then I used the configuration wizard.Then I initialized it. I have attached a picture.
IMG-0399.JPG
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Looks good.
In the RAID BIOS did you verify that BOOT = 0 ?

Once that is done boot the Windows Server install (USB or optical) and in WinPE click ADVANCED and load the driver from a USB flash drive (we put the OS onto a bootable USB along with drivers in X:\_Drivers where X = the flash drive).

Technically the R1 should show up so long as your boot order is correct in the motherboard's BIOS boot order.

We always load the driver by default anyway.

Is that a server board?

Philip
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
Dear Philip:

I contacted LSI support and even the driver they provided did not work for me.

The mobo is not a server one, it is a desktop.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Does the RAID Controller show in the motherboard's BIOS boot order at all?

You may be stuck because the board was not designed to work with a server grade PCIe RAID Controller.

If all of the conditions requested by me earlier are fulfilled then the R1 array should show as an available install location.

But, the motherboard is _not_ server grade.

Philip
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
I see LS120, which I do believe it is it.

Also, I don't think mobo has thing to do in this matter.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
LSi does NOT supply drivers for motherboards.  Only the motherboard supplier is supposed to. This is because the motherboards all have different offsets and programmable configuration settings.   In fact, the motherboard manufacturer is obligated to provide such drivers as LSI has no idea how these are set up, nor are they expected to.

If the motherboard supplier does not offer a driver for whatever O/S you are running, then you are screwed.

Also The LS120 is a driver for a cartridge floppy, and it has nothing to do with LSI.
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
So, there is nothing else in boot sequence.

What do u think about my mobo, if it is not going to work I have to search for a used server mobo. As far as I know, in file sharing server I don't need powerful mobo or cpu. So, Do you think it will not work?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Just disable the hardware RAID so individual disks are exposed to the BIOS.

 THose disks won't work properly with the RAID controller anyway. I am a storage specialist, not a motherboard specialist, so I can't really help you with motherboards.

But if you want to keep your data, you must either get enterprise class disks for ANY megaraid controller, or you need to use host/software-based RAID with those disks.  Furthermore, since they are the AF (4KB sectors), than you have an additional problem in that not all SATA controllers will work properly with them.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
I am saying that the way the motherboard's bus is set up may not be conducive to reading the server grade RAID Controller's configuration.

Disable any on board SATA controllers/AHCI/RAID and reboot. See if that allows the OS setup to see the R1 array.

Philip
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
At first, thank you for your help. This is what I have done..

I tested the LSI card with Intel Server Board S1200BTL, and it worked perfectly, even without driver, Windows start installation!!!!

Now, I return to my old mobo, and I discover that there is a boot option called SCSI which I think it is LSI. I tried to disable the board controller, but it is the same problem :(
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
As I have mentioned several times, a consumer board will not have the proper bus structures for the Server Grade RAID Controller to work.

By bus structures I mean that the BIOS will not be wired up and neither will the chipsets to work with the communication structures that the RAID Controller requires.

That is why the S1200BTL, a Server Board, works as expected.

Use the S1200BTL, a P4304 series chassis for the correct power supply setup, and a 4 drive hot swap cage. The price for the E3-12xx series and some RAM is a pittance nowadays.

We deploy on Intel Server Systems a lot around here.

Philip
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DavidPresidentCommented:
I need to emphasize this again.  Those disks absolutely, positively guarantee data loss in failure scenarios because of  the firmware settings relating to error recovery & timeouts.  Your data will be just fine if you never have any unrecovered read errors and/or drive failures, so it will "work".

But the minute you get into a deep recovery situation, which is a 100% probability, your drives will start going offline.  That controller is not compatible with desktop class disks, period.

Host-based software RAID is OK.   Other controllers such as some 3WARE controllers are OK, but NOT the megaraid.
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Abdurahman AlmatrodiBusiness DevelopmentAuthor Commented:
I would like to thank you for your support. Now, I have bought Intel S3420GPV and Kingston 16GB Kit (2x8GB Moduels) 1066MHz DDR3 PC3-8500 ECC Reg CL7 DIMM instead of Gigabyte desktop mobo.

Dear dlethe:
Because I already bought the hard disks, I'll try them. I just wish nothing will happen to them at the same time, :).

Thanks again..
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