How to Install a RAID Controller Driver

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A redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) uses a RAID controller to process commands from the computer to the hard drive array. This RAID controller may be part of the motherboard or a separate PCI card installed in the computer or server. A RAID controller driver allows the RAID controller to communicate in a way that the rest of the computer can understand. RAID controller driver installations usually take about five minutes and must be done during a Windows installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with RAID controller installed
  • Windows installation disk
  • Floppy disk with RAID drivers
  • External floppy (if you do not have a floppy drive installed on your system)
  • Insert your Windows installation disk in your computer's drive and restart. Press a key on your keyboard when the message "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" appears.

  • Watch for the message "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver" and press F6 when it appears. The installation program will not switch to the RAID driver screen immediately, but will do so once all of the other drivers are preloaded.

  • Hit the "S" key to choose "Specify Additional Device".

  • Put your RAID driver floppy disk in the floppy drive when the message "Please insert the disk labeled Manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk into Drive A:" appears. Hit "Enter". A list of RAID adapters will appear on your screen. Choose the RAID adapter you have installed on your computer and hit "Enter". The Windows installation process will load your RAID drivers and continue installation as normal.

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