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Everyone,
I'm new to this forum, and decided to find external help here, as I'm
totally frustrated after days and weeks trying to get my new system up...
:cry:
On the ICH7 in the P5LD2 I hook up 4 identical Hitachi 250GB SATA drives
(I had bad experience with failing disks in past, therefore that step...),
building a RAID5, 128KB stripe size.
But when I try installing Windows XP Pro (of course using the ASUS-provided
driver disk with F6 during install), it crashes with blue screen (INPAGE error)
after the first reboot during install, when it detects my devices.
On next reboot, 2 of my 4 drives are shown "fault" in the Intel RAID setup
during boot.
This procedure is very repeatable. Here is what I all tried:
- using other OS (Win XP 64bit: same thing)
- testing HDDs using Hitachi's test tool: all OK.
- using RAID0 instead: SAME crash
- install WinXP on one of the failing drives, but no RAID (standard IDE):
works OK
- re-flashing BIOS: after I did that, magically I could install WinXP OK, but
then later during app install and data copy from my old drives, I get
bluescreen crash again - and again 2 drives failing! START OVER!!!! :dead:
- Interestingly: it is not always the same two HDDs that fail, but it is
always two of them - enough to kill the RAID5...

Questions:
-anyone ever done a RAID with this or similar ASUS board (ICH7 builtin RAID
controller) ?
- any similar issues seen?
- any advise?

I appreciate any inputs or help, I wasted so much time already, and
running out of ideas. My fear is that buying a new MB might show the same
thing again....

joergw
 
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