Mylex DAC960 RAID Controller Causes "Missing Operating System"

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When you try to install Windows NT on a system that is using the MylexDAC960 RAID controller or an OEM version of this controller, NT will undersome circumstances complete the first phase of setup but fail whenrebooting into GUI mode, displaying the following error message:
Missing Operating System.

When formatting the partition, prior to the initial file copy operation,Windows NT might also have warned you that the partition you were creatingcontained more than 1024 cylinders.
This error occurs because the RAID controller misrepresents the geometryof the logical drives it presents to Windows NT. (When there is only onelogical drive of less than 2 gigabytes (GB), or if a formatted partitionalready exists, Windows NT is able to correctly determine the geometry.)
There are two ways to avoid this problem:
  • Prior to installing Windows NT, create and format a partition on the boot logical drive using Microsoft MS-DOS or another operating system -or-
  • Create only one logical drive of a size smaller than 2 GB on the RAID array, using the configuration software that was supplied with the controller. After NT is installed, you may create additional logical drives.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT versions 3.5and 3.51. We are researching this problem and will post new informationhere in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
This problem has been reproduced on the Mylex DAC960 RAID controller andthe IBM RAID controller.
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Article ID: 143141 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 10:23:53 - Revision: 2.1

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