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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

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Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers by using nLite
Guide for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (32/64bit)
A. Integration of the nForce RAID drivers
(if the OS will be installed onto any RAID partition)

Detailed RAID drivers integration guide
(for users, who want the best possible results or who ran into problems)Important Requirements:

You only will succeed with the integration of the nForce Pata/SataRaid drivers, if you have
  • a correctly created nForce RAID array (shown as "healthy" and set as bootable, for further information look here)
  • an up-to-date mainboard and nVRaid BIOS (= MediaShield IDE ROM), which is part of the mainboard BIOS. Actual nVRaid drivers may need a Raid Bios v4.81 (NF3) resp. v5.60 (NF4) or higher.
  • a stable system (proper RAM modules and stable BIOS settings)
  • an original (=untouched) OS CD as source (don't use or reuse a source, which has already been processed by nLite!)
  • a proper working IDE-connected CD or DVD drive (a S-ATA connected optical drive should not be connected with an nForce S-ATA Controller which are set to RAID or AHCI mode)
  • an enabled ACPI power management (within BIOS, don't disable it by nLite settings).


  • You can see the nVRaid BIOS (=MediaShield) version of your system on the second boot screen. If you can't get a Raid BIOS version v. 4.81 or higher after having flashed the latest mainboard BIOS, you might get problems with the integration of the latest nForce Pata/SataRaid drivers. 
  • The successful integration of the nForce Pata/SataRaid drivers into a bootable OS CD requires the presence of the latest available Service Pack (SP) of the used OS. If your OS CD does not contain any or the last SP, you should integrate the latest SP as first step, when you are going to create your nLited CD with integrated nForce Sata/PataRaid drivers.
  • XP 32bit (x86) only: If possible don't slipstream SP3 into an XP SP1 or SP2 CD. In this case it's better to take an original ("Gold"/RTM) OS CD without any SP as source for slipstreaming SP3 and the nForce Raid drivers. Otherwise you may get problems during the installation of the nLited CD.
  • It is a good idea to unplug all unnecessary external hardware devices during the installation of the OS with integrated nVRaid drivers. 
  • If you have any hard disk drive outside your RAID array or a plugged-in USB stick, you may get the problem, that the MS Setup routine tries to install the master boot record (MBR) onto that non-RAID device, although you have set the RAID array as first bootable hard disk drive within BIOS. The only sure way to prevent this is to unplug these non-RAID devices during the installation of the OS. After the successful installation they can be reconnected without any problems.

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