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Old 04-19-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
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A7N8X-E Deluxe and (2) Seagate SATA Drives

I hope that this hasnt been posted before, but a buddy and myself spent all weekend trying to dual boot his A7N8X Deluxe board with two Seagate SATA drives in RAID 0.

What I found interesting was this:
We created the RAID and installed Windows XP just fine. Ran perfect. Then, we attempted a Gentoo install. Instead of seeing one logical volume we saw hde and hdg. But the Windows partition appeared on hde only (we split the RAID in half for Windows and Linux). We seemed to install Gentoo fine on the hdg but when we booted we had nothing but an error like "cannot fine <windows>hal.dll" or something like that. Anyway, we tried a few things to no luck.

The next day we low level formatted both drives and recreated the RAID and Windows will not install now. We get various errors. Is there something special we need to do to clean the drives so we can reinstall Windows for now?

Old 04-19-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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Yep. Your just missing the windows prerequisit of 2 hours unholy worship to the Devil Lord Satan and then sacrificing 2 goats, 3 chickens, a mongoose and a young virgin under the light of a harvest moon...

Old 04-25-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
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It's very simple. What Linux does is replaces some settings in the MBR of the drive. Window doesn't like that tho. What you need to do is clean the MBR Record on the drive.

If you have access to a windows 98 machine then create a boot disk. Of course, if you don't then download this windows 98 boot floppy creator :

Once its done, insert the floppy in the computer, start it up and when the main screen pops up select booting Without the CD-ROM support.

Once you are in the command prompt type :

fdisk /mbr

it will take only few seconds. Once its done take out the disk and press CTRL-ALT-DEL, and go for Windows installtion.

Hope it works for you,
Old 04-25-2004, 04:36 PM   #4
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I understand that, but it isn't that easy because there is a special driver and windows doesn't see the individual disks.

We will try that though. We'll have to bust the RAID and individually fdisk /mbr when we get time.


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