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Integration guide: System setup by operating system – Microsoft Windows Vista*

Setting up a RAID System
A list of Intel® Desktop Boards that support RAID is found in the System Requirements for Configuring RAID.

Intel RAID technology for Serial ATA is supported with Microsoft Windows Vista*. The following steps outline how to build a RAID system with Microsoft Windows Vista installed on a RAID Volume using two SATA hard drives.

  1. Assemble the system using a motherboard that supports Intel RAID technology and attach two SATA hard drives.
  2. Enter System BIOS Setup; ensure that Intel RAID technology is enabled. When done, exit Setup.
  3. Upon re-boot you will see the Intel RAID BIOS status message on the screen – press CTRL-I to enter the Intel RAID option ROM user interface. Within this UI select option #1 ‘Create RAID Volume’. Enter a volume name, press enter, select the strip size (128KB is the default), press enter, press enter again, then press ‘Y’ to confirm. Once this is done, exit the Option ROM user interface.
  4. Install Windows Vista.
  5. Install the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager software via the CD-ROM included with your motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add the Intel Matrix Storage Manager user interface utility that can be used to manage the RAID configuration.

For additional RAID information, refer to Troubleshooting Serial ATA / RAID Issues.

Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Update Utility)
There are resources in Intel chipsets that are not automatically recognized by Windows. It is critical that the INF utility is installed in order to enable chipset features and optimize performance with Intel® Processor-based systems.

Note It is also critical that the INF utility is installed first before any other drivers. The INF can be installed from the Intel® Express Installer CD or you may download the latest Intel® INF utility from Download Center.

Integrated LAN
The drivers for the on-board LAN adapter can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest LAN adapter driver from Download Center.

Integrated Audio
The drivers for the on-board audio can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.

Integrated Graphics
The drivers for the on-board graphics can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.

Loading Un-Signed Drivers
Windows Vista* looks for a driver "signature" before loading any third party drivers. A digital signature verifies that Microsoft* has validated the driver for use with Windows Vista. Device drivers that have not yet been certified by Microsoft will pop up a message stating so. If the 'Digital Signature Not Found' dialog appears, click 'Yes' to continue installing the driver.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RAID)
Intel Desktop Boards that support RAID use Intel Rapid Storage Technology. If you are using Parallel ATA (IDE) hard drive(s), you should be able to use the Microsoft native storage driver built into Windows. The Microsoft native storage driver supports both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA hard drives.

Additional information:
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology home

Third Party Drivers
You’ll need to load the drivers for any third party hardware components you plan to install in your PC. Refer to the documentation that comes with such hardware for complete instructions on installation.

Power Management Settings
The Power Options applet in the Control Panel allows you to select a Power Plan for your computer. Power plans can help you maximize your computer's performance or conserve energy. The default power plans in Windows Vista are as follows:

  • Balanced - automatically balances performance with energy consumption
  • Power Saver - saves energy by reducing your computer's performance where possible
  • High Performance - favors performance but may use more energy

See operating system troubleshooting for more information.

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D2500CC
Intel® Desktop Board D2500HN
Intel® Desktop Board D2550DC2
Intel® Desktop Board D2550MUD2
Intel® Desktop Board D2700DC
Intel® Desktop Board D2700MUD
Intel® Desktop Board D410PT
Intel® Desktop Board D425KT
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
Intel® Desktop Board D525MW
Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GSEJT
Intel® Desktop Board DB65AL
Intel® Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel® Desktop Board DB85FL
Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Intel® Desktop Board DH55PJ
Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Intel® Desktop Board DH57DD
Intel® Desktop Board DH57JG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AGL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BE
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BF
Intel® Desktop Board DH61CR
Intel® Desktop Board DH61DL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61HO
Intel® Desktop Board DH61KVCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SA
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SKCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW
Intel® Desktop Board DH61ZE
Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CF
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67GD
Intel® Desktop Board DH67VR
Intel® Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel® Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87RL
Intel® Desktop Board DN2800MT
Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BA
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67DE
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TM
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TML
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67EP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67OW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67SW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77CP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77KB
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77MK
Intel® Desktop Board DQ87PG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
Intel® Desktop Board DZ75ML-45K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K

Solution ID: CS-027399
Last Modified: 02-Jun-2013
Date Created: 28-Jun-2007
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