My first post here, the formatting isn't perfect but I hope it can be followed OK.
I have a computer running Windows XP Home which is installed on a 160g Pata HDD which
is nearly full. I recently installed a 2nd HDD, a Sata one, 320g. I have run the Vista Upgrade
Advisor as I intend installing Vista Home Premium on the Sata HDD, to dual boot with XP.
The Vista Upgrade Advisor says that a driver to do with this will not work with Vista, namely
'Fast Track Utility 376' by Promise Technology, a Raid Controller. I am concerned about this
as the Sata installation involved using this driver. I've been to Promise Technology's site but
cannot find the driver listed so can't get an update. I tried contacting them but got no reply.
I'm still not entirely sure why this driver had to be used in the first place, despite reading
articles about it. I was presented unexpectedly with having to 'configure the array' once the disk was fitted,
so it is now configured as a 'stripe'. Now, on booting up, the message still appears briefly
concerning the Fast Track controller and configuration, then booting continues as normal.
My question is, do I need to use this blasted Raid Controller at all? If not, can I safely
disable it? (I understand this can be done in the bios somehow, I would need advice on how
to do this though). Alternatively, if I go ahead with the Vista installation regardless, what will
be the repercussions of the driver not working as the Upgrade Advisor said? I got a Sata
HDD as I understood they are faster but now I wonder if I should have stuck with a Pata one.
It is frustrating to be stumped at this stage and any help would be most welcome!