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Install Windows 7 64 Pro with Avago Controller

Hi All,
I am setting up a new file server - Dell Precision Tower 7910 with Avago Controller. I created the RAID array but cannot find the driver to get the Windows installation to proceed. In other words, I am at the point of the installation where I need to provide the RAID driver for Windows to recognize the array/virtual drive and proceed.

I can reference the Download Page on Dell, but the Controller - LSI SAS3008 is available only as an executable.

Any help finding the controller is appreciated!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
In these situations, I have often found it easier to proceed as follows:

  • Temporarily attach a standard hard drive to the system.
  • Load Windows onto the standard hard drive.

This results in a stable system where you don't need to fiddle with driver installation during Windows installation.

Then load all necessary drivers, including the RAID controller and its support software.  Initialize and configure the mass storage controller, format it, then back up the system drive onto the RAID array.  Shut down, disconnect the system drive, restart and configure the BIOS to boot from the RAID.  This should produce a fully operational system ready to go, although it may be necessary to reauthorize Windows due to the hard drive change.
PAMurilloAuthor Commented:
Hi John,
I think I solved my problem. I found the Resource Media disk. With that:
1. Inserted the Resource Media disk in a 2nd computer
2. Navigated to the Storage Controller driver
3. Select "Extract" driver and saved to a flash drive
*Alternatively, I could have downloaded the driver from the Dell support website, started the Executable install file and selected Extract here too.

On the subject computer:
1. Access the BIOS and go to the Boot sequence
2. Find the Virtual Drive (Previously setup before this process) and select it as the first device to boot
3. Exit and save changes
4. Boot PC with Windows 7 64 bit install disk inserted
5. Press 12 to temporarily change boot sequence and select DVD/CD
6. Initiate Windows installation
7. Plug in the USB Flash Drive with storage controller driver
8. When prompted, click Locate Driver, and Browse to the USB Flash Drive
9. Click Next
Windows will install the Storage Driver and Proceed with the installation

Also, thank you for your input Dr. Klahn
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was happy to help
PAMurilloAuthor Commented:
It worked
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