Installing Windows and the
One of the curious quirks of Windows XP is that you need a floppy disk drive to install drivers for custom disk controllers. Weve never tried USB keys or USB floppies for this chore, but we do know that Windows Setup will stubbornly refuse to search a CD-ROM drive for this purpose.
So youll need whats commonly called the "F6 floppy". Thats because you press the F6 key on your keyboard when Windows setup launches. Youll see a question on the bottom of the screen telling you to "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver". Press F6 at this point.
Eventually, youll see a screen asking for the driver.
When you press the S key at the screen, Windows setup will search the F6 floppy and find the driver.
Choose the 82801FR SATA RAID Controller driver with the cursor keys and hit the Enter key.
Make sure youve selected the correct driver. Once you commit, you cant change, and the result will be a blue screen crash on the first boot after Windows is installed—and youll get to start over.
Note that the current drivers for Intels RAID may not be digitally signed or otherwise approved by Mi-crosoft, so youll need to ignore the warnings from Windows Setup and make sure you press the "Yes" button. This will likely happen twice, once with no hint as to which file is causing Windows to freak out.
Finally, we can format the primary partition and install Windows. Note that if you select the second drive and attempt to use it as the boot drive, Windows Setup will simply tell you that this drive is not usable.