How to Install the Storage Controller (F6) Driver During the Windows Installation Setup Process

How to Install the Storage Controller (F6) Driver During the Windows Installation Setup Process



This article provides an overview of the installation process for storage controller drivers for different RAID controllers


Table of Contents:

  1. Driver Installation for RAID Controllers During an OS Reload
  2. Installation of RAID driver with Intel Controller
  3. Installation of RAID driver with LSI Controller
  4. Installation of RAID driver with PERC Array

Driver Installation for RAID Controllers During an OS Reload

During a reinstallation of Windows with an active RAID array, the OS may prompt for a storage controller driver which must be installed before the software may be loaded. If the OS Image diesnt have the RAID controller driver pre-injected, Windows will not see the hard drives to begin installation.

The driver type will be determined by the RAID controller installed in the Dell system.

Example of the OS prompt to install the missing storage controller driver:


Installation of RAID driver with Intel Controller

1. Check the BIOS of the system and ensure the RAID On option is selected.

2. Set up the desired RAID array in the RAID BIOS.

3. Download the correct Pre-OS driver from our support site and have it extracted.

a. The driver to download is different for the two versions of IRST. Be sure to get the correct driver, often designated the F6 driver.

b. If loading Windows from a Dell DVD the IRST driver is part of the load and will not have to use this process. The IRSTe driver is not however.

4. Load the extracted files onto a USB key.

a. This will have to be completed on an alternate system.

Example of Extracted Files on USB key:

5. Once the files are extracted, proceed with the installation of Windows as normal.

a. The USB with drivers will also need to be plugged into the system in order to install the drivers.

6. On the left hand side of the screen, select the option to load driver.

7. Windows should detect the correct driver. Select Next.

a. There are instances where the folder which holds the driver will need to be opened. Browse to the correct folder.

b. If no driver is listed uncheck and recheck Hide drivers box.

8. Drives for the installation should be listed once the driver has installed.

Installation of RAID driver with LSI Controller

1. Set up the desired RAID array in the RAID BIOS.

2. Download the correct Pre-OS driver from our support site and have it extracted.

3. Load the extracted files onto a USB key.

a. This will have to be completed on an alternate system.

Example of Extracted Files on USB key:

4. Once the files are extracted, proceed with the installation of Windows as normal.

a. USB with drivers will have to be plugged into the system in order to install drivers.

5. On the left hand side of the screen, select the option to load driver.

6. Windows should detect the correct driver. Select Next.

a. There are instances where the folder which holds the driver will need to be opened. Browse to the correct folder.

b. If no driver is listed uncheck and recheck Hide drivers box.

7. Drives for the installation should be listed once the driver has installed.

Installation of RAID driver with PERC Array

1. Set up the desired RAID array in the RAID BIOS.

2. Download the correct Pre-OS driver from our support site and have it extracted.

3. Load the extracted files onto a USB key.

a. This will have to be completed on an alternate system.

Example of Extracted Files on USB key:

4. Once the files are extracted, proceed with the installation of Windows as normal.

5. On the left hand side of the screen, select the option to load driver.

6. Windows should detect the correct driver. Select Next.

a. There are instances where the folder which holds the driver will need to be opened. Browse to the correct folder.

b. If no driver is listed uncheck and recheck Hide drivers box.

7. Drives for the installation should be listed once the driver has installed.





Article ID: SLN302609

Last Date Modified: 08/31/2017 01:34 PM


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