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Cannot install server 2012 on intel raid, no drives showing

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I am using the following supermicro 36 bay server: CSE-847E26-R1K28LPB

I have a raid-1 volume setup in the intel raid. Raid is selected under SATA in the bios. The volume shows in the bios. I'm using UEFI to get to the server 2012 install, but now drives show up. I've tried using the suggested drives as well.

This is very urgent.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You need to load the RAID controller's drivers for Windows to see the RAID volume.
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by:vertcomp
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Thanks, but I've done that.
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by:noxcho
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If you set the drive mode to SATA instead of RAID - does it see the drives?
Plus according to your description you are trying to use the onboard fake RAID. I would avoid using it because these onboard RAIDs bring nothing than headaches. Better to install it on a single drive or use a dedicated hardware RAID controller.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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the software raid built into the o/s is better than the fakeraid provided by Intel
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The issue was I used the wrong drivers in windows, as well as played with a ton of BIOS settings that weren't really the issue anyway.

To get it working I:
-Set SATA mode to RAID (was AHCI originally)
-Used the "Intel PCH Drivers(SCU)" from supermicros site

I had tried drives labled "Intel PCH Drivers(SATA)", as well as the Intel C600 Series drives, and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise drivers. I had no idea what SCU was. Apparently it is short for SAS Control Unit.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for vertcomp's comment #a40539747

for the following reason:

It resolved the issue.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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So in the end, loading the drivers - as I suggested in the first post - was the answer.  Given the limited information provided, I answered with the only valid answer that could have been given at the time.
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