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RAID - deleted RAID array, Windows 7 ok but I have questions

Q: RAID - deleted RAID array, Windows 7 ok but I have questions

Hi all,
My RAID 1 (I think? I have two equal drives that are mirrored) array was causing me a lot of pain. It kept freezing up my system and having me to had to rebuild the RAID too often. After a number of tests and browsing info online, I've decided that the RAID was the culprit of the freezing and BSODs that came once in a while.

Before deleting the RAID array, I went and used the Seagate (my HDDs) .iso file and used their diagnostic tool to check the drives. I did a long test of one of the HDD (Device 1) and it passed. I deduced that this was at least a good drive. I didn't do a long test for the other HDD (Device 0). But with both, after a short test, both passed.

I then went into the RAID manager (DOS-looking screen before Windows starts) and then 'reverted' Device 1 to non-raid. Then decided to choose 'delete RAID setup' for the Device 0. All good so far. I rebooted and Windows actually started fine. This is where I'm at right now as I type this. No freezing so far!!!

What I wanted to know is how do I find out which HDD Windows is booting off from? Is there a command line I can use in command prompt window in DOS mode to find out this info? It'd be great to know that I'm not on Device 0 since I haven't done a Seagate diagnostic long test on that one.

Also, I'd ideally want to have the second (Device 0) HDD formatted so that I can leave it in my tower and use it as an external HDD with Syncback. This is the closest thing I can have to RAID and I'm perfectly happy if I can get that setup since I'm done school and don't do any heavy software and intense workload on my system that I'm risking a lot to lose. Is this even possible? Windows lists both disk drives in the device manager but only one drive (C under 'My Computer'.

So far no freezing!!! Before when RAID 0 was still on my system, I'd be frozen three times by now.

If anyone has any feedback about this, I'd much appreciate it.
My system stats:

- Windows Home Premium, full retail 64 bit
- age of system is approximately 8 months
- haven't formatted system since new install
- Gigabyte motherboard

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Preferred Solution: RAID - deleted RAID array, Windows 7 ok but I have questions

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A: RAID - deleted RAID array, Windows 7 ok but I have questions

You can do into Disk Management and it will tell you which drive is used for booting. It will say it is active.

I am confused as to one part. You say you want to leave the second drive in your computer, but use it as an external. You can use one as your main drive, and use the other for backup...however a good backup process involves a drive that isn't readily available all the time. That being said, something like SyncToy from Microsoft will allow you to choose folders and on a schedule or manually, copy them to the second drive. I use this on my wife's laptop to keep her photos backed up to our server.

RAID has no place on a desktop system, so you are better off without it. But to get started, just go into Disk Management to see how your drives are configured now. Post a screenshot if need be.

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Just looking for a bit of advice. My system is currently running on a 200GB Seagate Barracuda SATA drive - my last IDE drive suffered a failure a few days ago. Unfortunately, it was the one supporting the OS - the SATA was operating as a data drive. I was able to clone the drive and get most of the data off it, but it has taken me two days to get the system running properly again (this was a new experience, and some flailing went on 'till I got it right).

However, my new HD came in - for some reason I thought I'd purchased a 160GB drive, but what's sitting in front of me is identical to what's running in my system. I hadn't considered it before, but suddenly I have the capability of setting up a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array. My mobo's an Asus K7V Deluxe, so it will easily support this.

I've done my reading, and understand that RAID 0 is fast but there's no reduncancy, making it twice as likely to suffer a HD failure... RAID 1 is redundant, but would only give me 200GB, and I need more. I can't really afford a 3rd drive to implement RAID 5 (maybe later...)

My questions are more practical. How hard is it *really* to set up a RAID array? How about when one of the disks is already in service? Can I even do it, without erasing the data that's on the current drive?

Appreciate any insight!
 

A:Solved: RAID Array questions

You are correct with everything that you say about setting up RAID0 and RAID1. They are both easy to set up especially with the two SATA drives. (Do you have the MB manual?) You will require additional backup if you use RAID0. RAID1 will give you that but as you say you will be limited in your hard drive space. Either way you will lose what's on your present HD.
 

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Hi heres the story,

Was cleaning my tower with air hose to get rid of the dust, i must of knocked the sata hardrive lead as I now know the power lead came out.

As I didnt know this I started it as normal and it came up with error saying sata raid not found or something and had the raid create, delete raid etc, me being a retard deleted the raid, created a new one thinking this would work. guess what it didnt

I then took the side panel off to find the unplugged power for the top hard drive, conneted it started it and same thing about raid array, deleted it and auto set up even manullay set up but every time i reboot i get the screen

"Reboot and select proper boot device

or insert boot media in selected boot device and press key."

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr a 1 minute cleaning spree what I thought would look after my pc has turned into a nightmare.

I know a bit about building pc but have no clue with bios and raid stuff.

I can reboot and enter bios, in adavance raid is still selected.

On the raid menu which tile is VIA tech VT8237 serives sata raid bios ver 4.80

I have options of create array, deleted array select boot array, serial number view

under create is has auto setup for perfirmance, array mode (used to be 0 and would like that again), select drives, block size 64k, start create process. etc etc

on the main menu screen it shows both hard drives

serial_ch0 Master maxtor 6b160m0 array 0 sata 152.67 stripe0

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A:K8v se deluxe Raid Array error, i deleted it, grrrrrr

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Guys,

Is it possible to use a separate hard disk for your OS and programs with data storage on a RAID Array consisting of two (or more) identical hard disks?

Would the system disk need to be the same size as the disks used for the RAID Array?

Thanks!

Fly'n_Blind!
 

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hello everyone,

I am thinking to renew the whole data in current raid1 array md0. My environment is:

raiddev /dev/md0
raid-level 1
persistent-superblock 0
chunk-size 16
nr-raid-disks 2
nr-spare-disks 0
device /dev/hdb1
raid-disk 0
device /dev/hdd1
raid-disk 1

this '/dev/md0' is /home, so I'm not booting from this disk and the other file systems including root and /boot are on /dev/hda.

What I want to do is to renew the whole data in /home.

Is there any way to do this by switching /dev/hdd1 with all new data copied, then sync this new data to the other raid disk (/dev/hdb1) : FROM /dev/hdd1 (the disk just added with new data) TO /dev/hdb1 (currently active raid disk)??

Usually, after switching the HDD to new one, data in /dev/hdb1 is to be copied to /dev/hdd1 for recovery. But in my case, I want to do the opposite.

I would be so appreciated by all your helps,
Thank you,
 

A:RAID question: how can I renew the data in raid array?

I'm not sure what you want to do.. You want to copy something to the /dev/hdd disk (from another computer maybe) and then copy the data from /dev/hdd to the RAID array?

Since you are using RAID1 then it should be fairly simple.
You just simulate disk failure by removing /dev/hdd. You could do this by making the hdd drive hdc instead (jumper it to be the secondary master). Now you mount the "hdc" drive (that really was you hdd) and copy whatever you want to /dev/md0.
Since it's a RAID1 array then all the data that goes to md0 is written to hdb and when the /dev/hdd comes back the RAID is syned onto both disks again.

I'm not sure if that makes any sense to you. Can't be less obscure than your post though
 

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My mum recently gave her computer to me since she got a netbook and thought that she wasn't getting enough use out of such a computer. An error message kept showing up when I powered on the computer, apparently this had been showing up for some time.
It was on the Intel Matrix Storage Manager before Windows started, one of the physical disks were listed in red. However, the computer was still in full working order, but I wanted to get rid of the screen that kept coming up, so in an attempt to fix it, I went into the Matrix Storage Manager's configuration utility and not knowing what it would do, reset the disk listed in red to Non-Raid.

Now ever since I've done that, I've seen nothing except the BIOS, all that comes up after the Matrix Storage Utility now is a device listing and it says at the bottom 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'. I inserted an OS disk and nothing would come up. Since then, the closest thing I've had to progress was by going into the BIOS settings and changing the hard disks SATA mode to 'IDE'.
After setting it to that, the Matrix Storage Utility doesn't show up, which I thought was a good sign at first, but then afterwards the same final screen shows up, but the message at the bottom had changed.

'Boot from CD:'
(Then after a couple of seconds loading it comes up with)
Missing Operating System

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A:Solved: Reset my Raid 0 Array to Non-Raid and now nothing's working, help please :(

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Hi..thanks for the help...I have XP installed on a non raid drive C: I am trying to install XP on a RAID0 set up.....I have tried to install the raid set up but the puter reboots after a BSOD right when it tries to get to my desktop...is it because of some conflict with another OS on the non raid drive? I tried to disconnect the non raid drive before booting up the raid XP but still..no dice...any ideas?
Thanks
FoxK
 

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Hi ,

RAID and Win 7 Home Premium newbie. Short version of long story - replaced old dead RAID Drives in Win XP system with (2) new 500GB Drives plus plan to upgrade RAM to 8GB (would have liked more but $$$) and install new OS = WIN 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.

MB is GA-EP45-UD3R Rev 1.1 and I am having trouble figuring out how to get, prepare and install the Intel RAID Drivers for 64 Bit Win 7 HP.

My main problem is that on the Gigabyte site they offer two RAID Drives.






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Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy. OS: Windows XP 64bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 8.9.0.1023 0.32 MB 2009/08/11







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Intel SATA RAID/AHCI Driver OS: Windows XP 32bit, Windows XP 64bit, Windows Vista 32bit,Windows Vista 64bit,Windows 7 32bit,Windows 7 64bit,Windows Server 2003 32bit,Windows Server 2003 64bit 8.9.0.1023 13.10 MB 2009/08/11


The first "pre-install" driver extract to a 64Bit (bootdisk - Win XP 64?) and the second "I do not know when to use it" Driver extracts to a (iata_cd.exe).

This is where I am totally lost. Which RAID Driver and from where do I install during the clean install of Win 7.

I get the need for a USB Stick/Thumb Drive with the RAID Driver on it that Win 7 will ask to be pointed at, but which Driver????

I cannot extract anything from the iata_cd.exe. Tried 7-Zip, Universal Extractor and File Alyser - I do not see a Win... Read more

A:New RAID Array and Clean Install Win7HP-Help with RAID Driver Install

The pre-install driver will allow setup to install the files correcty on the RAID array this is offered for XP only.

When you have created the RAID array in the BIOS Utility and you launch the windows 7 setup does it show the new array as a possible install location? If so there is no need for a pre-install driver (Win7 supports a variety of RAID setup out of the box).

If you do need a pre-install driver, you have not been offered one for Win7/Vista on the Manufacturers website. The only solution to this I have found is to Download "7lite/Nlite" and build the "post install" driver into the win7 image then burn a new disk (or burn to USB pen for faster install).

Hope this helps.

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Hi guys, I have set up a RAID 0 array using an XFX Revo64 controller card and the Netcell bios setup that cones with it. According to the Netcell bios the array is working but booting into 8.1 I cannot find the drive in explorer and device manager shows the Revo64 as "Generic Mass Storage Controller ".

I am very new to Raid this is the first array I have tried to setup. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Kind regards,
Jay
 

A:Windows 8.1 cannot find RAID array

Why not use the RAID card as more sata ports and then use windows to make your RAID array? I've never used a controller but im sure that it would work for that purpose.
just go on youtube and find a video on how to setup RAID in windows 8. I know its possible for windows 7 to im pretty sure 8.1 will have it
 

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Tech staff at the Microsoft store say they are being blocked from upgrading my Pavillion 410t desk top to Windows 10 by the settings HP installed when HP built my computer with my RAID 1 array, and that they have successfully done the upgrade on this model PC when RAID was not installed. Does HP have a solution to change or bypass the settings to allow the upgrade and maintain my RAID 1 array. Apparently the HP recovery partition on the ghost drive may be interfering with the upgrade attempt.

A:Windows 10 upgrade with RAID 1 array

K-Miller My advice to you is NOT to attempt the Win10 Upgrade -- for two reasons. First, the Upgrade is no longer free.  So, you would have to purchase a license and these start at $120 USD.  That's a LOT to pay just for a new OS. Second, while Microsoft tells you that there is no risk in the Win10 Upgrade, because they let you believe that you can always revert back to your original OS and setup within 30 days, the ugly fact of the matter is that the Win10 GoBack function has proven to be unreliable -- and when it fails, it can leave machines in a corrupted state -- which doesn't always happen, but it does happen often enough to be a problem and you won't get any warning in advance that it is going to trash your PC!If that is not bad enough, the Win10 Upgrade is know, in some cases, to corrupt the Recovery partition stored there by the OEM that built the original machine.  This pretty much guarantees that no HP Recovery is going to work. So, if you are determined to do the Upgrade, at least protect yourself by making an image backup of Win7 before you do that. Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspxWhat I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive... Read more

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Hi. I have a Dell XPS with two 320GB hard drives. I had XP on it, but today, I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro - because I was starting from XP, I had to do a clean install of XP before setting up Windows 7. In the old setup, I had a Striped Array and I was backing up essential files to an external hard drive. I set up a partition on each of the drives, but when I go into the BIOS and switch the two drives to "RAID ON", Windows 7 won't boot up. Only after going back into the BIOS and switching the drives back to the "ON" positions, does Windows 7 boot up. When I go into my computer, it shows Local Disk Drives C: (which is the one it is working on) and D: (with no information). Do I even have a Mirrored Array set up right now? or am i just working off of one hard drive? Any advice? I don't want to start loading in software if I need to go back and reinstall OS. Thanks

A:Striped RAID Array in Windows 7

Do I even have a Mirrored Array set up right now?No you do not, you must create the array first and then partition, format and install windows on it.

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hi,
I'm new so bare with me ok...

I just finished building me new pc. I have 2 western digital 500 GB serial ATA which is SATA hard drives and I'm trying to configure them in the raid 0 array (striping). I managed to set up the array just fine. However, when I install windows an error occurs. I press F6 so I can install the necessary drivers but, whenever I am asked to "Please insert the disk labeled Manufacturer-supplied hardware support dist into Drive A: *Press enter when ready." Windows set up reads nothing from my disk. The motherboard I am using is the Asus M2N4-SLI and it comes with a driver CD which is where I got the drivers from. Also I am using a note book computer with an external USB floppy.

A:Need help installing windows on Raid 0 array

You might want to check Asus' site and get the raid drivers from there. I've had trouble before when using raid drivers off the disk that came with the mobo.

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I'm currently running Windows XP Pro SP3 on my system. My system consists of the following:

Intel Core i7 920 CPU (stock settings)
P6T Deluxe MB with BIOS 1804
One 300 Gb WD VelociRaptor HDD (contains OS and programs)
Two WD 750 Gb Caviar Black HDD's set up in a RAID O array (contains all of my personal data and files)
3 Gb of Corsair 1600MHz Dominator RAM (three matched 1 Gb modules)
GeForce GTX 280 SSC Edition video card
Silverstone Strider 1000W PSU.

I've just installed a second WD 300 Gb HDD and using the Intel Storage Console I set up a RAID 0 array with my current VelociRaptor that has the OS on it.

After rebooting my system the Intel Storage Console does show that the two drives are set up as a RAID volume, but when I open up my Windows Disk Management program I'm showing my original VelociRaptor still as the C drive with the original 279 Gb of useable space and the new drive's information right beside it also with 279 Gb of space that is unallocated. Also, opening up My Computer shows that original C drive with 279 Gb of space and not the total of 558Gb.

How do I bring those two drives together so they so up as one 558Gb drive? Is it just a matter of putting a primary partition on that second drive or is there something more that must be done?

Any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Bill P.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I have just cloned a RAID array and I am concerned about it's performance.

A bit of background...

My Motherboard = ASUS Z9PE-D16
RAID Card = PIKE 2008 LSISAS RAID card

The initial RAID array consisted of 6 x 1TB Seagate Constellation (ST1000NM001) SAS drives in a RAID1+0 (10) configuration.

The new array consists of 6 x 4TB WD SATA drives in a RAID1+0 (10) configuration.

Initial performance is quite slow, but this may just be due to parity checking. On paper the original, and new drives are comparable.

Whilst the original drives were SAS and the new drives are SATA they both operate at 7200RPM and have 6Gbps interfaces.

My question is - "Is my initial slow performance likely due to parity checking, or will I experience ongoing slowness?"

Any help here will be greatly appreciated. Furthermore whatever you offer with regard to help may assist a piece of Australian Cultural heritage!

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

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Ok i just bought two Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB drives for a raid 0 array and i was wanting to copy my current windows 7 partition over to it once i get it set up. If any one could help me in figuring out how to set up the array and moving/cloning the win7 partition over to it please let me know. i have a Foxconn A7DA-S mobo and it has built in raid support but i dont know exactly how to use it yet.(never done raid before) But yea, just a recap:

1. Set up the raid 0 array on my Foxconn mobo
2. Copy the windows 7 partition over to the raid array

Thanks in advance people.
 

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I've been dealing with this for hours. I've looked all across the internet and I have yet to fix my issue.

SPECS/ISSUES
MSI GT80 Titan Laptop
Windows 7

I just bought/installed two Samsung SSD 850 Evo M.2s
I already have a 1TB HHD with all my stuff and OS on it (windows 7)-Not Samsung

Followed these instructions perfectly in Video directly from MSI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1md2eUqKrKo

I have already Raid configured my two new SSD's into a Stripped Array and booted SATA etc
The system on boot does not install/try to install an OS. It acts like there should be an OS and fails the Windows screen load(freezes for a sec on the colors) then brings me to .5 sec blue screen that I cant even read its so fast, then it starts the "start windows normally screen/or restore previous version", neither of which work cuz it just fails over again etc.

Why can't/wont it let me install my OS. Yes I have the boot Disc in the cd drive also. It is the first OPTION on boot.
Any help leading to this will be appreciated. I'm beginning to think I'm ruining my computer restarting it so much trying to figure it out.

I've tinkered more, and decided to test out just a normal array of the SSD's to non-raid and when I boot it just ignores trying to install on the new SSDS and loads up the OS from my HDD. Even more frustrating. Apparantly when the two SSDS are Stripped and Together they are DYNAMIC and they can't have a OS installed onto them?! Now googling more issues ~~~Still clueless... Read more

A:Trying to install Windows 7 on 2x Samsung 850 Evo's in Raid or Array.

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Go into bios and disable fast/ quick startup
Should be all that is needed
This is the only raid I know of

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Hi, apologies if this has been answered elsewhere couldn't see anything related to this specifically.

This may just be me being stupid, so sorry if that is the case.

My issue is that the RAID does not appear in "My Computer".

Do I need to partition & format the drives before they will appear?
If so, is it easiest to create them using Windows XP install and just abort before format & install?

If its not above... then here's the details:
I have just purchased 2 SATA HDD's and Installed them to an existing computer (with a single hard drive running Windows XP Pro).

I have enabled the SATA ports in the BIOS and enabled the RAID option, having completed this I pressed F10 on boot to access the RAID utility. I have created a RAID array with the 2 drives. On boot the system picks up all 3 Hard-drives and it states the RAID is healthy before booting into Windows. I have installed the RAID controller, drivers that came with my MOBO.

Any help with this matter is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Nnahrino
 

A:Solved: New Raid Array (not C drive) is not showing in Windows

yes you do need to partition and format. To get to disk management if you dont already know is to click Start, Run, type compmgmt.msc, and its an option in the left hand side.

You must be using a Nvidia Controller for RAID right? The media shield option in your motherboard Nforce driver package is the windows utility for that.
 

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This is so aggravating. I always put off rebooting because my computer is busy with downloading or I'm playing a game or have a conversation or whatever. So I get home from work and then I try to reboot. I click on the shut down button and Windows goes away and then I see the normal update progress percentage. I walk away, thinking it's fine. But, now my computer won't boot.






Quote:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key


The hardware is fine, I know it is. I have four hard disks in a RAID 10 configuration with an Intel controller built into my motherboard. My BIOS can recognize the disks and I can get into the RAID controller menu. What's strange is that, when trying to use a Windows Recovery Drive, none of the options can do anything (and my keyboard doesn't work on it for whatever reason), but if I click on 'System Image Recovery' and then 'Install a driver', the file explorer UI pops up and I can see all of my files there and I can even open txt files. I can even look at a lasagna recipe I saved 10 years ago in Notepad.

Through this, I tried to install the driver for my RAID controller, but it probably didn't do anything unless the array didn't work in this interface and required the driver. I wish the System Restore option worked, but it says, "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system, and the... Read more

A:RAID array won't boot after downloading Windows updates

Use the File Explorer UI and browse to C:\Windows\Minidump. If there are any .dmp files present, copy then to an external USB drive.

Use 7zip to zip them, then upload them here as an attachment.

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I have two 1TB disk drives as storage space. Originally, I set these up as a RAID 1 array, but am now using this PC for DVR purposes and not so much for actual work, so the disk space is more valuable than the redundancy. So I wanted to undo the RAID, but the RAID is not my boot disk, so I figure it would be a piece of cake. I backed everything important up onto an external USB drive and got to work.

I originally created the RAID array using the Intel Rapid Storage Storage Technology software, so I figured that was a good place to start. However, at this point the software wont open. I tried uninstalling it, but when I try to reinstall, I get an error about not working in this 'environment'. After a bit of unsuccessful troubleshooting, I decide to skip on the Intel software and work with the windows Computer Management / Disk Management bit.

In there I find both physical disks listed, but one is inactive indicating that there's a "device signature conflict". I used the command-line fixer thing to bring the disk back online, so now Windows sees two independent drives. So far, so good.

When I start moving things around, I get a BSOD within 5 minutes, and it keeps happening.
All I can see on the BSOD screen is "QL not less or equal..." But it is appears to be somewhat cut off by the tv/monitor.

So I figure maybe that DVR-destined drive went bad since that was the one under heavy load when the BSOD started, and I remove it from the system. Everyth... Read more

A:Borked my PC when trying to split up a RAID 1 array (not windows disk)

Update:
On the recommendation of others, I have reinstalled the two 1TB drives, but on different ports in the MOBO. I browsed bios a bit to see if there is any reference to RAID, but there is none. All disk drives are reading as AHCI.

So, for now, all is well. Anyone know what those BSOD logs are saying?

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Forgive me if this should go in Hardware rather than Win7.

My motherboard/cpu fried and replaced it with new ones.

Change the SATA config to RAID and was able to recreate the array on the new motherboard. I didn't actually have to actually create it, it just recognized it once I changed the SATA config to RAID and my volume label/name was there (was using/used the Intel Chipset).

Only thing now is that obviously the OS won't boot up (BSOD on Boot). I'm able to get on Startup Repair but all the options on there none of them are helping me get into Windows (Restore Point and Automatic Repair). I'm pretty sure this is something beyond that obviously but was wondering if anyone can explain to me what I'm missing or what's going on? And what can I do to fix it if possible?

If that fails, I'm okay with reinstalling windows but I'll need help in transferring over my files (if thats possible - I'm assuming so because it recognizes the volume)

TIA!
 

A:Transferring Raid Array (moved from the Windows 7 forum)

Best way is to install another drive. Do not make this part of the raid array. Install windows on the single drive however do not activate it. Once windows is installed, and functioning on the raid controller, make an image of the single drive. Now access, copy, whatever you want from the raid array. Once you are all finished, you can remove the single drive. Boot with the rescue disk for whatever imaging program you used. Restore the image to the array and you are done. Copy back whatever data files, etc you copied above. When you are all done [and everything is working] go ahead and activate windows.

The above is one of the many reasons why I do not like onboard raid. IMO if you want raid, then buy a real raid card.

I use and recommend acronis true image for the above task however there are a few free programs that will do this also. The problem might be the raid array. I do not know if the free version of macrium will recognize a raid array.
 

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yeah so i can't say im really surprised that there are issues here, but i just dont know what to do.

i had a striped raid array on my old asus a7v8x mob. on the old board i had one drive running into an IDE channel and one into a sata channel (ide to sata adapter).

the new mobo is also an Asus, the a8v socket 939 one. on the new mobo i have the same hard drive going into the IDE raid channel as before and the 2nd drive going into one of the sata raid channels. (tried both sata channels, neither works)

on the new mobo when i start the computer and go to the raid controller menu it recognizes the array no problem. i deleted it and rebuilt it too. during boot the raid array is "functional."

anyways when it gets past POST it goes to the screen that says "windows failed to load properly last time" and asks what i want to do... safe mode, safe with networking, normal startup etc etc. no matter what i choose though it just restarta the computer and goes through POST again. windows never loads.

so, any advice?

i can update any info if i missed any details.

thanks a lot!
 

A:new mobo, old raid array, windows wont boot!

a little more info:

under boot bios there are only 3 devices listed
FT TX ARY 1
floppy
cdrom

i can only assume that ft tx ary 1 is the raid device.

i eventually took everything apart again and put my old system back together *cry*

so windows boots ok on my old system.
anyone got any ideas what may be wrong with my new setup? its still a promise raid controller, i dont see why it wouldn't recognize it.
i'm unfamiliar with the bios on the new mobo but its pretty self explanatory. the only thing thats really "different" is that on my old mobo you had to enable RAID booting, and then put the raid device up on the bootlist.

on this new mobo i dont think i saw an option to enable RAID booting. maybe its hidden?
 

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Hey everyone

Several hours ago I woke up, turned on my computer and to my horror, windows did not start regularly.

Instead I got this message on the black screen that appears before windows starts:

"Raid Array

Press F10 to enter raid setup utility"

I then get this message after several seconds of waiting:

"Boot from CD/DVD
Nvidia Boot Agent
Client Mac Address: (lots of numbers here)"
I read some stuff that I found by googling and I suspect that its related to my NIC, but I could be completely wrong here. Anyways I tried disabling it via the BIOS but I couldn't find it. What names can my NIC appear by in the BIOS list?
Or could it be something else?

I tried changing the boot order in BIOS so that the harddisc will be first in priority, but it didn't seem to help.

Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm an animator and graphics designer and even though I have partial backups of my works, it would suck really bad to lose all of them. I only need windows to load up successfuly once, so that I'll be able to backup everything and then format it if needed.

My comp specs:

Windows XP pro
motherboard GIGA GA-K8NF-9
Processor AMD Athlon 64bit 3000 939
2 x 512/400 DDR RAM
Graphics Card AMD Xt PRO 1950
THANKS!
 

A:Windows won't load, nvidia boot agent & array raid fun

You are getting the msg because the array has problems and the system is attempting to boot from a network.

To fix, you need to first find out if one or more of your drives have failed. Download and run the drive maker's utility for checking drives.

I am guessing you are using raid0 and not 01, 5, 1, etc.
 

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Hello,

I have just bought two brand new WD 500 GB RE4 HDD's and connected them coorectly for RAID 1.
I have changed the BIOS and Pressed Ctrl+F to create the RAID and this has been successful.
When installing Windows you obviously get to the aprt where you need to load the floppy drivers to locate the drives...

I have downloaded ever driver from the Gigabyte support drive and loaded them onto a USB, not one driver can be seen when the USB is "Browsed" too...

How important is it that the drivers are on a floppy, as I do not have a floppy drive or access to a floppy and drives.

Also what driver should be downloading as I tried the 3.2.1540.17 one and that was not seen, so I just downloaded them all in an attempt for success.

Any one with any advice its greatly welcomes thank you in advance

A:RAID 1 Gigabyte SATA Cannot find the array during Windows 7 install

Hi and welcome,

We need a bit more information about your hardware, especially the motherboard - there are many models of Gigabyte motherboard. Please follow the instructions in this tutorial to populate your profile with the relevant information, and I'll see what I can find for you:

System Info - See Your System Specs

Regards,
Golden

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First time posting :blush:,

Situation: I have two hard drives : main drive: Seagate 500GB w/ windows xp and second drive: WD 1TB blank.

Without backing up the main drive (ops...), i went ahead and enabled RAID 0 on both drives and created a RAID volume (128KB strip / Size: 1TB (931.5GB)).
NOTE: the RAID volume size is only showing the exact space of the 1TB, excluding the 500GB drive.
After realizing that I needed to create a backup image of my main drive to use RAID with an existing drive, I'm left with the "Operating System Not Found" message.

Question: If I Delete RAID Volume (which is based on the size from the blank 1TB drive), will both drives become available as non-RAID disks and keep the original data on the 500GB main drive and be able to run windows again?

I'm using software RAID through Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v5.6.2

I understood that "Resetting the drives to Non-Raid" will cause all data on the disk to be lost, so this isn't the approach that I'll be taking til I find a solution to backup my data.
However, from reading the "Delete RAID Volume" option, it listed Deleting a volume will destroy the volume data on the drive(s) and cause any member disks to become available as non-RAID disks, so knowing that the RAID Volume is blank, then maybe trying this will be the answer.

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A:RAID issue - deleting RAID volume to restore non-RAID disks

sadly, there's no way to do what you want without an existing backup.

Look at it this way;
A disk has a container ~ the partition.
The partition as a structure ~ the filesystem (eg NTFS, FAT32, RAID).
We put our data into the structure.

When we create backups, we are getting only the data itself (unless you use an image program like Ghost or Acronis where you get all three).

Deleting the RAID will give back the two independent HDs, but also breaks the structure so that the data becomes in accessible.
 

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I would like to know how to set up three hdds to read as one. Is it possible to make all three small hddsto be read as one for ease?

Thank You
 

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I just made a 2-drive raid array on my kid's computer like this:

Iwill KK266 motherboard with 1.4 ghz Athlon, 256 PC133 ram.
Promise Fasttrak66 raid controller
Two IBM 8.4 gb ata33 drives, each a master on its own channel.

I fired it up, and made a raid 0 array with the two drives, 16 gb total, 64 kb stripe.

Ran the Windows XP Pro install CD, and created two partitions on the array of about 8 gb each, and installed WinXp on the first one, formatting it with NTFS. It took a LONG time to format (well over an hour)

Once the Windows desktop was running, I installed a few more programs. The ATTO disk benchmark showed transfer speeds in the 17000 range for the C: drive, so I thought all was well.

But then I noticed I only had less than 700 mb free on the drive! I checked the size of what was installed, and found it to be just over 1300 mb, giving a total of just under 2 gb. These figures are shown on the drive properties screen.

Next I fired up the Disk Manager in the Administrative tools, and it showed both partitions in their correct size of 8 gb. No clue why I was only apparently accessing 2 gb of the C drive.

I then tried formatting the D drive, but after another long process, the format failed. No reason given.

What's going on?? I seem to recall there was some sort of 2 gb partition limit in FAT, but I'm using NTFS.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Am I missing something obvious?
 

A:I need some help with my Raid array...please!

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Well this morning my 1tb drive seemed to have failed. i got home and was, surprisingly, able to access it again (so im backing everything up off of it now) im thinking, once i get this replaced, of buying another drive and setting them up as RAID 1. do raid 1 drives have to be the exact same model, or just the same capacity? i currently have a St31000340AS which i cant find in stores, only online. would adding a ST310005N1A1AS-RK still allow me to set up a raid 1 array?

thanks for the help
edit - also, how would setting up a raid 5 array work? once again, would i need 3 of the same drives? if not, would having two 1tb drives (not exact same model) and a 200 gig drive work? if so, how? i know it limits the capacity by the size of one disk. which disk would it the extra capacity be removed (like would it end up being a 1tb + 1tb or a 1tb +200g?) also, for each way, do i need any special cables or hardware for each one? my mobo is the Asus A8N-E which i looked up on and it says it supports raid 0/1, but im not sure how support for raid 5 works, if mine even supports it. how would i check or know?

sorry, im new to raid arrays lol. basically, anything a newbie to raid arrays should know, help me out XD (i am very computer literate though, fyi)
 

A:Raid 1 array

plasma dragon00 said:





Well this morning my 1tb drive seemed to have failed. i got home and was, surprisingly, able to access it again (so im backing everything up off of it now) im thinking, once i get this replaced, of buying another drive and setting them up as RAID 1. do raid 1 drives have to be the exact same model, or just the same capacity? i currently have a St31000340AS which i cant find in stores, only online. would adding a ST310005N1A1AS-RK still allow me to set up a raid 1 array?Click to expand...

Most cards that support RAID1 will allow you to use two hard drives that are not identical. The smaller of the two capacities will be the size of your RAID1.
ie: Drive 1 = 998GB and Drive 2 is 1TB, the RAID1 size will be 998GB




plasma dragon00 said:





edit - also, how would setting up a raid 5 array work? once again, would i need 3 of the same drives? if not, would having two 1tb drives (not exact same model) and a 200 gig drive work? if so, how? i know it limits the capacity by the size of one disk. which disk would it the extra capacity be removed (like would it end up being a 1tb + 1tb or a 1tb +200g?) also, for each way, do i need any special cables or hardware for each one? my mobo is the Asus A8N-E which i looked up on and it says it supports raid 0/1, but im not sure how support for raid 5 works, if mine even supports it. how would i check or know?

sorry, im new to raid arrays... Read more

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When I bought my PC 7 years ago, I asked the techs to create a Raid 0 array with my 2 200GB WD drives. Recently, I have been reading the comments here and on other forums to stay away from Raid arrays as they are more problems then they are worth.

What I want to know is what is the best way, and procedure to accomplish this, to remove this Raid 0 array and use my 2 200GB SATA drives as separate drives with the OS on one and data on the other. I will probably partition the OS one as I do not need 200GB for Windows 7.

Am I correct in assuming that once this RAID 0 array is broken, I will lose everything and will have to do a clean install of Windows 7 plus all my apps?

thanks

A:Raid 0 Array

  
Quote: Originally Posted by beastmaster


When I bought my PC 7 years ago, I asked the techs to create a Raid 0 array with my 2 200GB WD drives. Recently, I have been reading the comments here and on other forums to stay away from Raid arrays as they are more problems then they are worth.

What I want to know is what is the best way, and procedure to accomplish this, to remove this Raid 0 array and use my 2 200GB SATA drives as separate drives with the OS on one and data on the other. I will probably partition the OS one as I do not need 200GB for Windows 7.

Am I correct in assuming that once this RAID 0 array is broken, I will lose everything and will have to do a clean install of Windows 7 plus all my apps?

thanks


Backup all of your data, make sure that you have backed up all of your data. Remove the array configuration, get out your Windows DVD, reinstall the OS, patches, and all applications, copy your data back from your backup.

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I am getting ready to set up a RAID Array but this is my first time doing anything with RAID. I know how to get into the BIOS and change settings and I know with two hard drives, I should do RAID 1. However, I just have a few questions before I do this. First off, I am an idiot and did not notice that my first hard drive I got when I built the computer has a 32 MB Cache:

Caviar Blue 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD10EALX - OEM

I noticed it only had a 32 MB CACHE when I went to get another one. I then asked for the version with a 64 MB CACHE (WD1002FAEX), paid for it and left. Will these two hard drives work together in RAID if they have different sized caches? Please give me any info/experience you may have with this or anything with RAID would be helpful, thanks.

A:Help w/ RAID Array

The short answer is yes, they'll work. Onboard cache is internal to the drive, and as long as the drives are the same size, then RAID 1 (mirror) should work fine. I don't think it would make much difference, but the drive with the larger cache should be the primary drive just for efficiency's sake.

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So I currently have a Vista Business 64-bit. I also have 2 1tb drives. I have one of the terrabyte drives with vista on it and over 300 gigs of information. I would like to put this drive in a Raid 1 array and do not want to have to reinstall vista and lose all of my stuff. Is there anything I can do to make sure this all gets to the RAID 1 array?

A:Raid 1 Array

Setting up a mirror RAID Config should mirror to the second disk. You should not lose any data, Set it up as a broken array, and let it "rebuild". (approx time to rebuild 1TB is 12 hours)

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Hello. I am new in installing SATA HDD so i am confused when i installed the drive for the first time the nvidia raid bios setup asked me what type am i going to use on the HDD so i selekted the first one that was working (striping). Now my question is: did i selected the proper type ? because i saw that there is other like mirroring and stripe mirroring. If a made a mistake how can i fix it.
 

A:Raid array

It depends what you want to do. Without getting into a discussion about the value of RAID on a home system in general stripe is what you want. Do some reading here. RAID0 is stripe and RAID1 is mirror.

Just make sure you do back ups of your data to another storage source.
 

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The Intel Matrix Storage manager does not support adding an additional drive to the array. I have 3 160's now and want to add the 4th. I can set the drive up as a spare only. Is there any other way I can add the 4th drive to it without starting all over and having to install all again. If I have to I will set it up with both a raid 0 and a raid 5 to have the best of both worlds but if I can get the array to take the 4th and migrate whatever then I will leave it with just the raid 5 setup.

Robert
 

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My dad wants a new PC built - he wants a half-decent one, he only surfs web , music and streaming videos - he plays Flight Simulator X but thats all...

his current setup is:
3Ghz Pentium 4 with HT
1Gb Ram
160Gb SATA-II / 8Mb cache
nVidia 6200GS / 256Mb / 300Mhz
Windows XP SP3

now where thinking
Core2Duo (or quad if cheap enough)
2Gb Ram
2 x 160Gb SATA-II drives in RAID array
better nVidia graphics card
Windows 7

my question is this: WHICH IS BEST RAID ARRAY TO USE?

the reason we decided to use these method is for extra performance - now im aware that RAID '0' stripes the data so if 1 drive were to fail then he would have to re-place it or re-install windows on single drive - but you get the most free space and best performance from this...

what about MIRRORING? as he doesnt use much space anyway would he be best with this option? DO YOU STILL GET THE SAME PERFORMANCE FROM MIRRIRON AS YOU DO WITH STRIPING? (except you get less space but if one drive fails everything will still run off other drive....)

his disk usage would only be about 40Gb (without mirroring)

if you DO get the same performance with mirroring then how much space would he get from 2 x 160Gb...? (and installs obviously use double)

would he still get 320Gb with the 40% performance increase from raid'ing two drives together - just installs are double? (thats fine in that case he would only use 80Gb of the 320Gb which leaves him AMPLE)

thanks
 

A:RAID ARRAY - which is best?

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Hello:
I am having a problem with setting up a Raid 1 array. I am using Windows Vista Ultimate 32 along with an Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard. After viewing videos on Raid Array setup on Youtube, I decided this chore should not be so difficult. I entered the bios and followed the prompts and made my Raid 1 array. No error messages, and both of my WD3200 HDD were listed, and the array was boot enabled and labeled healthy.
I then inserted my Windows Vista Ultimate CD and clicked on Repair, and on to restore my pc. Windows discovered my external backup, and I then chose the backup that I wanted. I followed the prompts and then clicked restore and received a message that stated that there were to few drives or not enough space to continue. I now do not know how to proceed. Any suggestions would be helpful.
I call this PC my "learning PC". I am trying to learn some of the more exotic functions of my PC. I have read that the Windows Vista built in backup utility is good for backup restore, but not to be used for Raid. Is this true? If so, what product would help me with this issue? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Charles

A:Raid Array

I'm no expert but i do know ... On a complete pc restore "which I'm guessing your trying to do" Your new HDDs must be as large or larger than the original.

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Not sure (and this may be a dumb question) but is it possible to add another HDD to my box and set up a RAID array between the new HDD and my existing HDD WITHOUT having to reformat the existing drive (thus, without having to reinstall windows?)

Thanks in advance for the the big "NO!" that I think is coming

A:RAID Array

  
Quote: Originally Posted by eduede


Not sure (and this may be a dumb question) but is it possible to add another HDD to my box and set up a RAID array between the new HDD and my existing HDD WITHOUT having to reformat the existing drive (thus, without having to reinstall windows?)

Thanks in advance for the the big "NO!" that I think is coming


Hi and welcome

Could you be more specific about between?
Ken J+

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Hi all.

I currently have 2 500GB drives configured in a RAID 1 array (totalling 500GB of available storage). This is quickly filling up and I will soon need to add more space. The drives are currently attached to a 2 channel RAID controller PCI card.

What I want to do is buy a 4-channel controller card (like this one) and two 1TB drives to add to my array. Totaling 1.5TB of storage.

Will this work or do all the drives need to be the same size? Will I be able to set this up without having to wipe the existing drives? Is there anything else that I need to be aware of when setting this up?

Cheers for your help
 

A:Upgrading RAID 1 array?

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Hello all and please be gentle with me as I'm an intermmediate level of expertise. Maybe not even that. I had my Raid 5 crap out on me on Sunday and I get an error message when the RAID controller's BIOS boots up. It's a Highpoint 1640 controller and it has driver/BIOS version 2.06s on it. The controller's BIOS screen comes up and lists hard drives 1&3 and then has a little message screen that asks "power off, destroy, continue". If I select "continue" and press enter then a second BIOS screen comes up (same as the first screen) only this time it has hard drive 2 listed and has the same little message screen. Through experimentation I plugged and unplugged various drives in different combinations and think I've determined that the drives 1&3 are the parity drives and drive 2 is the original hard drive that 1&3 have the split data because if any thing other than 1&3 is plugged/unplugged I get the bootscreen screen that ask insert disk/ boot from disk or press F1. First question: Does this make sense/sound right? Second question:If I select "destroy" on the second screen that lists the 2 drive will it destroy data on all three disks or just on 2? Third question: If I choose "destroy" for hard drive 2 can the Raid 5 start the rebuilding process again using the same drive or do I need to reformat it or buy a new drive? My drives fyi are WD 500GB 7200rpm. If more info on the drives is required I can p... Read more

A:Broken Raid 5 array

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I'm having a problem with a potentially failing RAID array and/or disk drives.

Two weeks ago, I was burning a DVD from files on the RAID array when the burn failed with a data read error. The array subsequently displayed the following characteristics:

1. Event Viewer showed a 'The device, fasttrack1, did not respond within the timeout period' error, followed by a thousand simultaneous errors that said 'An error was detected on device.. 'harddisk2'.. during a paging operation'.

2. The RAID drive and all directories were viewable in Windows Explorer. No files within those directories could be read or written, however, and switching to thumbnail view would not show thumbs of images of any size.

3. The Disk Manager within Computer Management would not detect the RAID array.

4. After rebooting, the array works as usual. It has again failed during another DVD burning operation just today, and again works after a reboot.

My configuration:

Athlon 2000 / Gigabyte GA-7VAXP (Via) / onboard Promise RAID controller / Win2000

I have many drives in the system, but only two in RAID. They are IBM 60 GB 60GXPs in RAID-0. Windows is on a non-RAID 120 GB drive. The system runs 24/7 with something like 99.9% uptime since 2002, when I bought it.

My questions:

1) How can I test the integrity of an onboard RAID controller? Is there an equivalent to SMART?

2) How can I test the two drives connected to the array? Windows SMART utilities do not recogni... Read more

A:RAID array failure?

Well, the best advice I can offer is to do a backup of any data on the RAID drives right now!

If you want to test the drives independently, you'll need to use the disk manufacturer's utility and configure the RAID controller to allow the drives to be used in a non-RAID environment. Obviously, this is best done when you have proper backups of what's on the drives!
 

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Ladies and Gents of the Seven Forums...

I am in need of some advice, and guidance, and maybe some constructive criticism for configuring SSD as a cache for HDD. Now let me begin by giving some specs here:

Intel 40 GB SSD
1TB HDD
Win 7 x64
Intel Rapid Start Technology Utility
10 cups of coffee...ha!

So I recently setup this duo in RAID array or at least I think I did. I haven't fiddled with this setup before so I apologize in advance for any "noobiness." Quick summary of what I have done.

Changed SATA mode to RAID in BIOS
Installed OS Win 7 x64
Ran the Intel RST utility

My issue is as follows: When windows restarts I get the Ctrl-I prompt for RAID config. Was i supposed to do some extra configuring here after the fact or just leave it alone? I am under the impression that Intel RST utility tool took care of this. If not what steps do I need to take to finalize my work?

Any and all help appreciated...thanks in advance!

A:SSD as cache for HDD RAID ARRAY help

What are you trying to accomplish?
What type of RAID?
It requires at least two drives for a RAID.

This may be what you want.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/24882...echnology.html

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Hi all.

I have a 2 disk RAID1 array in my computer. Was trying to install Windows XP on a seperate drive to dual boot with my existing Vista Ultimate X64 install. I failed at this, but that's another story.

Somewhere during the process something happened with my RAID array (possibly when I unplugged the drives in the array), now my RAID setup says that the array status is "Degraded", and both of the drives in the array show up as seperate drives in Vista.

Any ideas on how this could have happened, and how I can fix it?

The RAID controller is the built in one on my EVGA Nforce 680i SLI motherboard, and I'm using the Nvidia control panel as well as the BIOS RAID settings to try and diagnose and fix the problem.

Thanks in advance for any help, it's really freaking me out that this isn't working right because I store all my work on this array and it'd be disastrous if I were to lose it.
 

A:RAID array problems

One of your drives is no longer in the array. Unplugging the drive probably caused this, and you need to rebuild the array. See your manual for instructions.
More here:
http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/raid/concepts/perfDegraded.html
 

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I updated to Windows 10 Pro with a clean install and had issues with my RAID array showing up as raw format. I was able to take a backup of it from my W7 drive then rebooted into W10 deleted the array in Disk Management, deleted the array in the controller BIOS and then recreated it in the BIOS. Now I'm trying to recreate the array in W10 Disk Management and the option to create a RAID 5 array is greyed out so I made a stripped volume and its giving me the available space of all 3 disks not 2 - 1 for parity as I would expect.

I installed the drivers stickyed at the top of these boards before attempting to recreate the array and the controller shows up in device manager. I haven't started restoring the backup yet while I figure out if its seeing the array properly and if not what I can do to get working properly.

A:Recreating RAID 5 Array AMD

Anyone else having this issue?

EDIT: Updated system specs in signature

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I have just set-up a RAID 1 array with two 500GB hdds using a raid controller PCI card having learned my back-up lesson the hard way .

Everything seems to be working. Windows XP is seeing it as one drive as i would expect but i want to check it. Is it just a case of unplugging one of the drive and seeing if it still works or is there a more elegant way of testing it?

Oh, and it's just for data. The OS is on a separate drive.

Cheers for your help.
 

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I was wondering if anyone here has any experience setting up a RAID 0 array on a Gigabyte P35-DS4 mobo? I read the following about running a RAID 0 array to help enhance my Oblivion game play...






Quote:
Setting up your system to run on a PAIR of very fast SATA hard drives is the first step towards alleviating this problem of massive disk swapping (and its resulting bottlenecks). Those drives should then be configured as a RAID 0 array. Oblivion and your other games should be run entirely from that array. By having a pair of drives operating in tandem, the data can be swapped back and forth at an enormously faster rate and your gameplay will be incredibly improved overall.


Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Help Setting Up RAID 0 Array

Typically with all standard RAID setups, you have an option before Windows is called to take over the booting where you can set up and make changes to your RAID. This is usually either in the BIOS or right after the POST screen before Windows. It's usually pretty quick and involves an F-key to load the settings menu.

I don't have a RAID but as far as I know, you plug in your drives (in pairs or quads, etc etc) and load this settings menu and tell it what you want to create. It should fire away and build the RAID and life is good. Restart, pop in your Windows disk and off you go.

If you are mirroring your data (RAID 1), if one drive fails you are still alive, not gaining much in performance. If you stripe your disks (RAID 0) and create one fatty disk, if one fails, you're not so lucky, unless you do a RAID 5 (RAID 1s full of 0s, SORT OF like a full house in poker), there's more to lose with RAID 1.

HOWEVER, you will see the best performance from a RAID 0 at the cost of potential data loss without a proper backup.

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I currently have a K7N2 motherboard with 2 Seagate 80 gb 7200 RPM hard drives and am thinking about setting them up in a RAID configuration. I am pretty good at building my own machines, but to be perfectly honest, I know absolutely nothing about setting this up. Any one know where I can go to get info for this project? I Googled it but the info that came up was not very helpful. Does it take a certain kind of motherboard for this? Do I need to purchase other hardware? Any help that you may provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Jim
 

A:RAID Array setup.

Hey Jim,
Is that a K7N2 Delta-L or a K7N2 Delta-ILSR? Only the ILSR will run raid. Otherwise you can get a raid PCI card.
 

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hello,
i have a huge problem with my server right now. i have a windows 2000 server configured with raid 5 with 3 x seagate scsi 37gb harddrives and now when i boot it says unable to find operating system. using the adaptec scsi controller utility on bootup (ctrl +a) it detects only two drives. im guessing one failed (the third of my array).
i have two harddrives on the way, but nowhere on the utility do i see that it is recognized as raid 5. is this normal?

should i be able to boot up using two good hd's?

the rebuild option on the adaptec utility is not chooseable neither. i do not know if that is a bad thing or not currently.

im getting a new hd tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. hopefully someone can help me with this.
thanks in advanced
 

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Hi, I've got a simple question. Say I wanted to start over and re-install Windows XP. I used to use a Win98 boot disk to partition and format the harddrive, but that was on a typical IDE harddrive. How would I go about completely wiping/formatting two (2) Western Digital SATA harddrives in a RAID 0 array? Using a Win98 boot disk, the disk doesn't recognize my Raptors and tells me I have no harddrive. What is a common, easy to understand process for completely formatting RAID 0 using only two drives? Thanks.
 

A:How to format a RAID 0 array?

The XP setup will recognise the RAID and prompt you to format the RAID array.
 

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