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Installation of Windows 7 on Precision 670

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I'm trying to install Windows 7, 32-bit on a Precision 670 running Windows XP, 32-bit.  About 1 minute into the Custom installation, a "Where do you want to install Windows?" message pops up, and at the bottom of the screen is the message "No drives were found.  Load Driver to provide a mass storage device driver for installation."  

No drivers are found on my Workstation Resource CD with using the scan option.

The SCSI hard drive works fine with Windows XP.  Does anyone have suggestions on how to avoid the need to install drivers, or find the drivers needed for the hard drive to work?

I currently boot from and have my programs loaded onto the SCSI hard drive, and separately store my data and documents on two mirrored SATA drives plugged into the motherboard.  I'd prefer not giving up that configuration since I like having the insurance and the large drive space for data files.  Figuring it might be my only option, I backed up the data and then tried to install Windows 7 on the RAID array.  Although the SATA-drive RAID array was identified during the Windows 7 installation routine as a single logical drive, the installation program still called for mass storage device drivers before the installation could proceed.  I again wasn't able to find any drivers.

Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.

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  • Moogs,

    It would help if we knew exactly which Adaptec U320 controller card is installed in your system.  Adaptec does have both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers for the U320 series.  For example, see this:  http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/speed/scsi/windows/u320_drv_hostraid_win7_2k8r2_x86_v200213_exe.htm.  Note the model numbers to which the above driver applies.  Drivers for other card models in the 320 Family are listed here:  http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/support/scsi/#u320.  I haven't checked but it is my understanding that an ultrawide320 driver is on the Windows 7 disk.  I don't know if that one would work or not.

    You cannot avoid the need to install the drivers.  They are a must.

    Let us know how you fare.

    Tony

  • Hi Tony,

    Thanks for the help.  My Adaptec controller is on the motherboard, and is identified as an AIC-7901X.  I went to your referenced Adaptec website, confirmed that this is the controller installed on the 29320 SCSI cards, downloaded the driver zip file, unzipped it, and again tried to install Win 7 directing the installation routine to where the drivers are stored.  Still no luck. 

    I'm frustrated, but haven't given up.

  • Moogs,

    That was supposed to solve your problem.  Looks like I'll have to think on this one.  I'll check around and see what I can find that may be preventing the installation.

    Tony

  • Windows is installed!  The driver at http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/speed/scsi/windows/u320_drv_hostraid_win7_2k8r2_x86_v200213_exe.htm.  was the trick.  After unzipping it, I put it on a floppy disk, and started up the installation program.  At the appropriate time, I put in the disk to look for the drivers.  None were found.  The key was that I needed to uncheck the box "Only view drivers compatible with hardware devices," or something to that effect.  it took me a long time to figure that out, and I felt pretty stupid that I hadn't unchecked it earlier.  My AIC-7901X controller was not on the list, but the driver for all other AIC-7901 and for Adaptec's SCSI cards with the same controller were listed.  They all listed the same file for installation, so I was fairly confident that it would work.  After the driver was installed, Windows 7 installed without any problems.

    I'm still missing the drivers needed for the RAID Controller, thus I can't see my SATA RAID array.  Looking at the System Information, the RAID Controller is identified as "PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_24DF&SUBSYS_01681028&REV_02\3&172E68DD&0&FA".  I hope somewhat can decifer that and perhaps give me a clue as to where I can find the needed driver.  I have several other controllers by various manufacturers on the computer (Lattice, Adaptec, smsc, Intel), but am not sure which one handles the SATA RAID drives.  Does the Adaptec SCSI controller also control the SATA RAID array?

    Moogs

  • Moogs,

    The SATA controller is integrated into the motherboard.  Since the Precision 670 has an Intel chipset, I would recommend that you run the Intel Driver Update Utility which can be downloaded from here:  http://www.intel.com/support/detect.htm?iid=dc_spotlight_home1  This utility should help you get the correct Windows 7 drivers for your SATA drives.

    Yes, the Adaptec controller can create and configure the SATA RAID Array. This function is independent of the operating system.   See the Precision 670 documentation on the Adaptec controller here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ws670/en/ug_en/raid.htm#wp1112897

    I really don't know if the RAID Storage Manager will work in Windows 7.  If the Intel Driver Update Utility lets you access your SATA drives, it may also advise you on this matter.

    Let us know how you fare.

    Tony

  • For 64bit Windows 7 users, use the following driver.


    The SCSI Raid driver I used for Precision 670 was the one I found from ASUSTek.

     DescriptionAdaptec HostRAID Driver for Windows 64 bit V2.0.0.201


     File Size506.08 (KBytes)

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?model=RS160-E3/PS4&os=23&SLanguage=en-us 


    Worked flawlessly! :-D

  • Thanks Moogs been having same issue for to long and stumbled accross your post and now all if happy thanks for that

  • I know this is an old thread, but wondering what NIC driver windows 7 installed for you?  I have a Precision 670 and Windows 7 32 bit installs the NIC as an intel Pro/1000 MT Server Connection.

    Intel Update has nothing new and notes need to use "out of box" drivers that come with windows.

    thanks,

    Mike

  • I had the same problem with the SATA CERC 2s and I installed this dirver on Windows 7 x64 Professional and worked fine, 

    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/DriverFileFormats?c=us&s=bsd&cs=04&l=en&DriverId=R126742

    Try it.

  • I know this is a late response, but if anyone needs any help in installing this driver for Windows Vista/ 7 64 bit, I found the proper driver. It says it's for Windows Server 2008, but I believe the kernels are based on the same things. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit installed flawlessly on my Ultra320 SCSI drive in my Precision 670 and I needed no add-in cards.

    The driver is here: http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/speed/scsi/windows/a320raid_win2k8_x64_b212_exe.htm

    If this is the wrong place to put this reply, could you direct me to a better place to put this? I just figured that people who seek info on how to install this onto a 64 bit Vista/7 OS would want to find this bit of info and seeing only the 32 bit help here would frustrate them.