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ESRT2 in Windows PE


I bought a S3420GPV and opted to use Intel ESRT2 to configure a RAID 1.

I'm now trying to use Windows PE to prepare a Windows image to deploy over 5 identital machines.

However, I can't load a proper storage driver into the PE image and find no hard drive when Windows PE is loaded.

Board: S3420GPV

RAID: Intel Embedded Server RAID Technology II (ESRT2)

Windows PE: v3.0 (from Windows 7 AIK)

OS on which AIK installed: Windows Server 2008 R2 x64

OS to be deployed: Windows Server 2008 R2 x64

I wonder I have loaded an improper version of RAID driver into the PE image ....

Which version of RAID driver should I use such that I can see the RAID in PE:

- Windows 2008 R2 x64

- Windows 7 x64

- Windows 7 x86

- Windows Vista x64

- Windows Vista x86

or what else?

I have the following commands executed successfully when preparing the image:

REM 1. prepare the basic Windows PE image

copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe_x86


copy c:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim c:\winpe_x86\ISO\sources\boot.wim

REM 2. append the driver to the image

dism /Mount-WIM /WimFile:c:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\winpe_x86\mount


dism /image:c:\winpe_x86\mount /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\ESRT /recurse REM where C:\ESRT is the directory containing the drivers


dism /unmount-wim /Mountdir:c:\winpe_x86\mount /commit

REM 3. copy the image to USB


copy C:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim C:\winpe_x86\ISO\sources\boot.wim /y

xcopy c:\winpe_x86\iso\*.* /s /e /f e:\ /y

Thanks, Guys!

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Windows 7 drivers will do, 32 or 64bit.

And precisely MegaSR.INF is the inf, that you must use for driver insertion.

But I guess your command will do also, it just finds all INF files in that directory(ESRT) automatically and inserts them to mount dir.

Third, you must insert drivers to boot.wim, because, this image is loaded during Win PE loadup

and then RAID volume can be seen.

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