I've imaged my factory Windows Vista x64 install on my 630i -- I'm wiping my disks now -- and will do a clean install of Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate
I know in the past computer IDE add-on cards and/or SATA "RAID" capability needed drivers loaded when Windows set-up began: you needed to press the "F6" key soon after set-up started to let Windows know about this.
(1) Does the Windows 7 need any such (SATA RAID) drivers loaded for the 630i? It seems people aren't mentioning this in their stories of Windows 7 installs, but maybe they're not using RAID 0 -- which I plan to use; or, maybe no drivers are needed. I'm thinking if "F6/floppy disk" drivers are needed they would be for MediaShield? OR -- does Windows do everything right? If drivers are need (via the F6 key) where would I get them? The drivers on Dell’s site seem to be for installing within an installed Windows.
(2) Is there a firmware update available from Dell (or nVidia) for MediaShield (i.e. the Ctrl-N) option that whizzes by on boot up and allows configuration of RAID arrays? If there is, then I’m just not seeing it.
(3) I'm confused about MediaShield. Once in Windows 7 are the drivers on the Dell website the best to use (even though they are listed as tested for Vista), or again does Windows do the best job installing a suitable driver?
Other than this I think I have things lined up to do the Windows 7 install. Thanks in advance for any help!