First: apologies if you are already across this issue on the TechNet forum.
I'm still looking for a workaround that works (or a fix).
I've been trying to install and run Vista on my system for a couple of
weeks. Like a number of others I've bumped into around the web, I'm having
problems getting Vista to install onto a RAID array running on an Intel ICH8R
(or similar) controller.
The RAID arrays worked 100% under XP. I can install Vista fine when the
drives are set up in IDE mode, but I use RAID 1 for a reason and want it back!
The failure mode is pretty simple: when Vista takes control (either at the
point of the upgrade process where the system has rebooted after XP 'hosted'
the first part of the process, or very early in the clean Vista install
process) the Microsoft copyright notice appears, the 'Cylon Eye' appears and
crosses the screen, the HDD activity light comes on solid and nothing further
Various fora have suggested ways to migrate a Vista install from IDE mode to
RAID mode use of the drives. The simplest approach suggested is to
1) install in IDE mode
2) update the drivers
from within Vista (to Intel RAID drivers)
3) shut down
4) reconfigure motherboard to RAID mode
5) the system should then start in RAID mode.
When I do this, I get the same failure mode: 'Cylon Eye', HDD light on,
I have been following a Microsoft TechNet thread on this issue. A number of
suggestions were made as to workarounds, and the last one left for me to try
was to install Vista on the hard drive in IDE mode (which is the only way I
can do it), then 'clone' this installation onto a RAID array (using Acronis
TrueImage or Norton Ghost) after which all should be well. Here's what
1) Downloaded the TrueImage trialware and installed (much easier to install
than Ghost, which produced several Windows Vista errors). I made a TrueImage
Restore CD (CD that can boot the PC without any other OS, and then move
things around from drive to drive).
2) Installed a pair of new SATA drives and had Windows format them (so that
TrueImage would not need to do that - heeding a warning: "True image have
some problems with formatting and creating partition with Raid array.").
3) Set a system restore point so that, in the event of failure, I'd have
soething to come back to.
4) Updated the drivers for the ICH8R controllers (using the iastor driver
from the latest Intel download).
4) Made a TrueImage image of the Vista C: onto another HDD on the system (I
have a lot of drives).
5) Shut down the computer and reset the HDD mode to RAID in BIOS. I made
sure that the two empty drives that would be target of my TrueImage Restore
were visible through the RAID setup screen and that they were set up in a
RAID 1 array -- all OK.
6) Rebooted the computer using the TrueImage restore CD that I made in step
1. It rebooted fine. I selected the image I made in step 4 and asked
TrueImage to restore that image onto the RAID 1 array that had been set up.
TrueImage found the array fine and clunked away for 12 minutes restoring the
7) I shut down the computer and took out the TrueImage Restore CD so that
the next boot would be from the RAID array.
8) The system started to boot up... and... the disc clunked away... and...
the Microsft copyright notice appeared (so Vista was able to at least start
reading from the drive)... and the 'Cylon Eye' appeared... and the HDD
activity LED came on and stayed on and nothing more happened.
It's still borked.
So that's it folks, I've tried EVERYTHING that I can find. I tried:
a) disabling the LAN chip in BIOS
b) loading new LAN ROM
c) updating drivers and rebooting onto same HDD (after changing ROM setting)
d) re-installing from scratch on a pair of new HDDs
e) updating drivers and booting onto a 'restored' image (on a pair of new
I don't think I've missed anything from the recommendations in the forum.
And I am no further advanced than I was a week ago.
I guess that some (many) have already come to the conclusion that nothing
but new Intel RAID drivers will fix this problem. After much trial and no
progress and can only say that I am in full agreement!
Anybody got a different conclusion or a suggestion?