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ssalahi 09-24-2007 08:04 PM

Dual Boot Xp pro & Vista Ultimate 32
I hope someone may help me here.
I am currently running windows XP Pro set up on two SATA Drives (raid 0) each 300GB (total 600GB capacity). When I installed XP, I made three partitions; C: 30GB, D: 30GB and E: 540GB. XP is installed on C drive and I reserved the D drive for Vista Ultimate 32 bit installation. All of my drives are NTFS Dynamics and they are all formatted in XP operating system. I do have another hard drive on my system which is a 500GB SATA III drive un-partitioned. Preferably, I am using the large drive as a back-up drive, therefore, I don't want to install any operating systems on that drive. While installing Vista for dual boot operating system, in the "Where do you want to install windows?" page of Vista installation process, none of the drives or partitions were visible and the page was empty. Since the non-raid drive was not visible as well, I disregarded the "load driver" option and stopped the installation. Please assist me with setting up Vista on the D partitioned drive for dual boot operating system.

Thanks in advance for all replies.

squirrelnmoose 09-25-2007 11:21 PM

You might need to load the RAID driver for you RAID controller.
I would start there.
Also my Vista drive is currently at 45GB of only program files, not data files. Most room taken up by, Vista Ultimate, MS Office,and Adobe Creative Suite, and a few miscellaneous programs. Consider what you are going to want to run on it before you go with 30GB.
This is what MS recommends
# 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
# 1 GB of system memory
# 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
# Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:

* WDDM Driver
* 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
* Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
* 32 bits per pixel

# DVD-ROM drive
# Audio Output
# Internet access

William_Wilson 09-26-2007 01:13 PM


You might need to load the RAID driver for you RAID controller.
this most certainly should solve the problem. Vista will detect most raid drives, but the size could be the problem Your motherboard cd may have these drivers, otherwise check the manufacturers site.

ssalahi 09-26-2007 04:41 PM

Thank you so much. I have a dual boot set up and my system is working perfectly now. I hope I can be of a help in the future. Best Regards, Shawn

William_Wilson 09-26-2007 09:36 PM

it's nice to hear back on a success. :)
glad everything worked out!!

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