W700ds: Select RAID using recovery media created


I am owner of a ThinkPad W700ds, but I guess my question will be answered there as well if it were a W700... Please, any help would be great!

I bought a "used" W700ds with Windows Vista Business (COST and recovery partition intact, but no media provided). The laptop has been published with RAID0, but I was always doubtful that it has been implemented correctly. I spent some time he investigation this afternoon and noticed that the BIOS has not been configured correctly - it was set to AHCI instead of the RAID.

I did the following:

(1) created using the installation in the ThinkVantage software recovery media.
(2) RAID enabled in the BIOS
(3) entered in the RAID (Ctrl + I) starting at the top. I configured as RAID0 readers.
(4) reinstalled Windows Vista using the recovery media created in (1) above.

After completing the installation of Windows Vista would be failed to start - always BSOD'ing.

I repeated step 3 & 4 above, select RAID1 instead. Exactly the same problem.

I have since return to the setting of the AHCI BIOS and reinstalled Windows Vista using the recovery media and I'm back where I started (Windows installed, but in a RAID array).

I did some research and it seems that in the RAID drivers are not included in the recovery media and this is the reason for the BSOD. I've included some of the many websites I read, both for your reading and, somehow, to check that I really spent some time to the consideration of this issue before asking for help.

Media recovery that I created, that's all I have - is there a 'stand-alone' for me way to activate RAID? I prefer RAID1 (I would favour redundancy over the speed), but would be happy with RAID0 if this is not possible. It seems it is scandalous that Lenovo (aware - and obviously not "expected" as alternative installation media is considered a book 'around') offer the possibility to create recovery media, which does not have to reinstall Windows by using a configuration valid.

It seems that it is not possible to maintain the RAID by Lenovo R & R, which probably explains why the seller announced the ThinkPad RAID, but it did not come to me as such (the seller has used the recovery partition to restore laptop to factory for me state before ending our sale - makes sense!). It seems a shame to have a laptop that offers RAID functionality and has the necessary equipment (RAID controller and two disks) and hit a sort of brick on software restrictions. Can someone advice how can I proceed to reinstall Windows with the disks in a RAID array, as I have only the Lenovo recovery media?

Lenovo support are closed today due to the day Bank holiday UK but I'll try next time - but I'm afraid my fate is in your hands already, like the ThinkPad is out of warranty.

Thank you!!


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