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Lost RAID after PC reboot - Win7 Pro 64bit RAID 1

Q: Lost RAID after PC reboot - Win7 Pro 64bit RAID 1

The computer has been fine for around 2 years, never an issue. About an hour ago I reboot the machine and instead of having my RAID 1 as my C drive, I now have two identical drives, the C drive and the H drive.

How do I get them back to where they belong?

In the BIOS SATA is still set to RAID, and I admit that I didn't do the raid config. I am assuming it was RAID 1 because both drives are still working, just working separately instead of as one.

Any suggestions?

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

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Hello guys!

This is my first forum post ever, but I am really in need of help with this one.
My company have inquired 1x Z820 and 3x Z420 and on both the Z420 and the Z820 I have troubles with the same type of problem....no disks showing up during the Windows 7 installation even though supplying the right driver (I tried them all from http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/sit...tte.cachetoken )
And ofcourse, no other disks than the USB flashdrive shows up if launching diskpart with the Shift+F10 command.
The Z420 I am focusing on now got a 9217-4i4e Raid controller with original HP 3TB drives x4 setup in Raid 10.

I originally tried by embedding the drivers with DISM.exe and when that didn't work I tried downloading them separately and trying them out during the installation. Yet, the installation matches the driver with the hardware and enables me to click "Next" to install, yet there is no installation targets when that dialogue closes.

BIOS version is the newest (I even tried reflashing it) = J61 03.69

I also reflashed the raid-controller with this one = Drivers & software for HP Z420 Workstation - HP Support Center

I called HP about this an the last thing they sort of said to escape the call was to try UEFI installation, but the problem is, once I made a bootable drive with Rufus (using the FAT32/GPT-alternative and making sure the usb-stick got its bootx64.efi in "USBSTICK":\BOOT\EFI\ the installation stops and does not continue pa... Read more

A:HP Z420 - Win7-64bit Ent Does not find the 4x Raid 10 disks

Why are you installing to a RAID array? Win7 doesn't like RAID. All we see is problems with RAID. It confers no benefits now that there are SSD's and backup imaging. I would not mess with it but instead go AHCI without RAID.

Then if problems persists work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

To get the full benefit of your BIOS features you might try UEFI install first, and only switch to full Legacy if this is too much trouble to achieve. Even installing to UEFI might require some level of Legacy or CSM. Consult your Manual on the Support Downloads webpage for your model to read it. Check there for a newer BIOS version.

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I have tried to create a RAID 1 mirror drive on my 64 bit Windows 7 Professional system. I have installed 2 additional Seagate 1Tb drives (ST1000DM003) and when I tried to Add Mirror and selected the other drive it looked like it was working but there were 2 boxes that came up that it was not formatted try later, and also that it couldn't assign the drive letter. When I tried to assign the drive letter, I get an error box with "Virtual Disk Manager" in the title and a message "The system cannot find the file specified". When I search for that I find many references but mostly with external USB drives and none of the resolutions helped. Trying to format gave a different error and failed. I found that in Device Manager under Storage Volumes there is a Generic Volume with the error "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" Both drives show up under Disk Drives with "This device is working properly." Under Disk Management both disks show Dynamic,Online and Healthy and the upper portion shows the Mirror volume. I tried to update the driver on the Generic Volume with the error and it says it is already using the best one. I went back and broke the mirror and used Diskpart to Clean both drives to start over. I created Simple volumes on both, formatted them, assigned a drive letter and was able to store files on them. I then made them both dynamic successfully and could still store and read files on them so I know the drives are good. I also t... Read more

A:Can't Create RAID 1 Mirror Drive on Win7 Pro, 64bit

I believe you will have to set your sata controller in BIOS to Raid (which may keep your OS from booting unless it was installed that way) and on boot up you should see a raid screen. Hold down the Control Key and press I to enter the raid set up. set the drives up there and it should work. Make sure they are on the same controller.

I should mention that raid may cause you more problems than it is worth, and if you are doing it as a backup, Raid is not a backup and will not serve as one. You will also take a performance hit with raid 1 too.

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Hey pep was wondering if anyone can help me out, Ive been trying for 3 days now to install a clean os on a raid 0 setup. I can get the array setup in the bios np, but when it comes time to actually install the os i can't. Reason being i cannot for the life of me find a raid driver that is signed by windows>< The south chip is sb700.

A:New os install raid win7 64bit Asus m4a78t-e


Welcome to Seven Forums
Read quiet a few reviews indicating poor performance for the sb700.


AMD has also fixed an issue with the SB700 southbridge caused by a malfunction of the internal clock generator. Although motherboard makers will need to add an external one to solve the problem for now, AMD has notified its partners that the issue will be fixed in an updated SB710 chipset, added the sources.

More here

Have you considered adding a RAID-controller if you have spare PCI-slots available?


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I am running 7 pro 64bit on a ASUS p8p67 deluxe mobo and I copied all data from my 1tb storage D: drive to a backup external and proceded to install raid 5 with 3 single 1tb drives and the raid is up an running. However using Intel Rapid Storage Technology to setup the raid inside windows I had to use the drive letter R: because D: was not available in the list option. When I start some programs, the program is looking for the data on D: drive. Is there any way to change the letter of my raid storage from R: to D:?


A:RAID 5 switched from single storage to raid 5, lost drive letter

It's possible the cd-rom/dvd drive assigned itself as d: before the new raid was created.
This should be solvable using the windows disk management tool if that's the case.

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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.

When using the Microsoft Recovery Console in (RAID mode attached w/ both drives) logically there isn't ... Read more

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'm hoping someone here can help. I'm very new to Raid, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance here. I'm using an HP pavilion p6210Y with 2x 2TB, WD Caviar Green's trying to set up a raid 1 array. I've reached the Nvidia raid array setup utility, and it appears I have successfully loaded the raid drivers.
After doing this, I inserted my Windows 7 x64 home premium install disc, and it sat on "Detecting storage devices...". After a few minutes of this, I was presented with an Error stating "No disks reserved for raid use, raid disabled." Then shortly after, switches to a message stating: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."
I'm now unable to reach the Nvidia Raid setup, and unable to load the windows disc.

I'm certain the CD drive is good, as it works fine in another computer.
Mediashield ROM BIOS RPT
Copyright (C) 2009 NVIDIA Corp.
If someone would know what to do from here, please share your knowledge.

A:no disks reserved for raid use Raid disabled - Raid 1

Do you have Windows on the drive now? How did you load the drivers? Drivers won't function without an operating system, so I'm a little confused about exactly what you did.

How did you run the setup utility? Does your machine support hardware RAID or are you using software RAID? Are there RAID settings in BIOS?

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I've been working on this for about 2 days now. I know a good bit about computer hardware and operating systems, but I've never done a Raid before. I chose to put this in the OS forums because I believe the issue is coming from the install of Win 7.


MSI Ka780g mobo
Phenom x4 9950 proc
Two 1.5 TB harddrives (which I'm trying to raid)


Both HD's are blank and brand new. They are both completely unallocated. I do what my mobo manual says and set the bios to Raid 0 using both drives for a total of 3 tb's. I put in the win 7 64bit CD and it reads it as one 3TB drive. Seems good to me. The install gets to the final step and gives me this error: "windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase"

I have exhausted my resources and my friends of their knowledge so I've come to you! I've tried multiple different things I've read on forums, but nothing has yet worked for me.

I believe the problem is coming from the driver I'm using. I'm loading the following driver for MSI's site.

The raid driver.

So if you need any more info or have any suggestions please feel free to ask or suggest. I'll be on tomorrow morning to try anything.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 250003 MB, Free - 225853 MB; D: Total - 226925 MB, Free - 226852 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc. , 0U7077, , ..CN481114B601BJ.
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
Originally every 2 - 3 mos., now every 2 - 3 wks. during windows startup I get a blue screen "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer"

I disconnect power, wait a couple of minutes and restart. It restarts normally, then I get "The system has recovered from a serious error - please tell Microsoft". I send error report.

Windows error reporting responds "Download and install driver for RAID controller from Intel website".

I follow the link and download iata_env.exe but when I try to run it I get "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". This doesn't surprise me since I do not have a RAID controller on this system.

My question is - how do I stop Windows from looking for RAID drivers to load at startup? There is no RAID controller listed in Device Manager so I can't disable it there.

This started some months after I upgraded some Intel drivers (about 2 yrs ago) but... Read more

A:BSOD when windows tries to load RAID driver on system with no RAID<input type=

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Hi there
Yesterday my computer was shut down when I returned home.  I may have lost power but I am connected to a UPS that should have kept me safe from any surges.  Turning the computer on, my RAID5 drive (drive letter M) is gone and a mysterious new drive
has appeared, labeled as drive E, also showing as a RAW drive. In disk management, I can see that drive M is its normal size, 11177.94GB.  I am using 4x4TB drives.  Intel Rapid Storage Technologhe shows all four
drives as healthy and functional.  Drive E shows in Disk Management the same as Drive M, and I have no idea how it ended up there and what I should do with it.  My C drive shows up and works normally, where I have my OS and programs installed.
Not sure where to start, but hoping it is just an issue with the MBR?  

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Yesterday I woke up to find my computer had bluescreened overnight. scsiport.sys was in the bsod message, and the stop error code was 7a.


(Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
A page of kernel data was not found in the pagefile and could not be read into memory. This might be due to incompatible disk or controller drivers, firmware, or hardware.

* Windows NT 4.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide {KB 126690} NT 4 (Recommendations for the current error message are buried down inside this article, which isn’t necessarily limited to NT 4.)
* Connecting a Hard Disk Drive in Slave Only Mode Leads to System Halt During Resume From Standby {KB 330100} Win XP SP1 (Windows installed on a slave drive.)
* BIOS Manufacturers Should Not Clear the IDE Decode Enable Bit in _STM ACPI Method {KB 913379} Win 2000, Win XP, Server 2003, Vista

via: http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm


The system has preformed fairly flawlessly up to this, save for a CPU fan error which I may have caused in testing (note to self: never detach a system fan while the computer is running JUST to see if the fan readout/warning system works....) and bluescreens a while back because I had both DVD drives set to cable select.

I rebooted several times and the system did not find a bootable drive - it would just hang at the cursor that displays before the XP splash screen appears. Once, my raid utility reported my RAID 0 failed. I have two Seagate 320G... Read more

A:Solved: RAID boot issues - disappearing disk - RAID question

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I ordered a 3620 with 2 hard drives configured for RAID 0. It has already shipped. I realize now that I made a mistake and should have ordered the RAID 1 configuration. I realize this will reduce my total drive capacity.
Also, I'm planning on adding a 3rd HDD that I do not wanted to be included in the RAID. Any help on switching RAID levels and adding the 3rd drive would be appreciated. I'm expecting the machine to arrive tomorrow.

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I've got two identical WD VelociRaptor 1TB Drives.
One has been setup as a storage drive for a long time, and I'm finally getting around to setting the other one up as a RAID 1 mirror.
Both were bought at exactly the same time.
I see this website, showing how to perform the feat on a PowerEdge Server: [https://markmcb.com/2015/07/21/reconfigure-dell-perc-h310-raid-0-to-raid-1/]
But pressing F10 on my system does nothing at all.
Is something like this possible on a Precision T5600? Or is this just a server capability?

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I've got two identical WD VelociRaptor 1TB Drives.
One has been setup as a storage drive for a long time, and I'm finally getting around to setting the other one up as a RAID 1 mirror.
Both were bought at exactly the same time.
I see this website, showing how to perform the feat on a PowerEdge Server: [https://markmcb.com/2015/07/21/reconfigure-dell-perc-h310-raid-0-to-raid-1/]But pressing F10 on my system does nothing at all.
Is something like this possible on a Precision T5600? Or is this just a server capability?

A:Precision T5600 w/ PERC H310 - Adding a drive and going from RAID 0 to RAID 1

F10 is not for Desktops.How to set up Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller H310 cards on a Precision workstationDell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) storage controller cards H310, H710, H710P, or H810 on Dell Precision workstations T1600, T3600, T5600, or T7600. For more specific information on the controller card or workstation, refer to that product’s user guide.To install the PERC    Turn off your workstation and all attached peripheral devices.    Disconnect your workstation from the electrical outlet and remove the workstation cover.    Insert the PERC into the SLOT1 (preferred) or SLOT4 expansion slots.        Earlier T7600 workstation may need to use SLOT4 because the HDD data cable is not long enough to reach to SLOT1.    Connect the hard disk drive (HDD) data cable to the H310 connector labeled A SAS.    Connect the AUX_LED cable to the H310 connector labeled SAS_ACT_LED_Conn.    Install HDDs in the desired order, starting with 0 as the first HDD and note the HDD numbers.        For T7600, HDD numbers 0-3 are available with a single HDD data cable with upgrade options for 4-7.        For T5600 and T3600, HDD numbers 0-1 are available with a single HDD data cable with upgrade options for 2-3.    Replace your workstation cover.    Reconnect your w... Read more

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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?



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Hi all,

I have an ABIT AL8 MB.
I have two 250MB HDs and have a RAID 1 install in place (mirrored HDs which is why I only see 250MB of HD space).

In the last week I've noticed a few issues pop up during reboot. I ignored them as the PC
was usuable. Now, it seems one of my HDs is having issues.

The startup process claims one HD is valid for REBOOT, but this is not the case as it seems to hang way before any Windows logo appears.

I need some advice as to how to recover from this position.
The whole reason I chose RAID 1 is so that I could have a complete image of a HD duplicated and just switch to the one drive still valid.

This does not seem to be that easy.

What tools will help me detect exactly what the problem is ? Hopefully I can recover all my data from this position.

If I've not supplied enough info to get an answer to my query, please ask away.


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I've created RAID-0 volume containing 2x150Gb WD VelociRaptor HDDs. Before copying files windows sees it as one volume (279Gb). I partitioned it as single volume and formatted it.
But when i proceed further to copying files stage it displays the error
"Windows could not determine if this computer contains a valid system volume"

I have tried uploading RAID drivers. Didn't work. Same error.

A:Unable to install Ultimate 64bit on RAID-0

Hi legendami,

Are you booting from the Vista disk and partitioning/formatting from there?

If you are uploading RAID drivers, are you sure that you are uploading the correct ones? There are 2 listed. You might try downloading both to see which you require.

GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver - GA-EX58-EXTREME (rev. 1.0)

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I am wanting to load 64bit windows xp pro on my computer, I have striped drives, I need a 64bit sata/raid drive disk. Does anyone know of where I can files the files to make this disk?


A:K8N Neo Platnum (64bit raid/sata drivers)

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I have vista business 64bit installed on my 8 core mac pro and I have the ATTO ul5d installed. I also have Mac OS installed on another internal drive and that is what I am most familiar with. I have no prior experience with windows or PS's. On the Mac OS side I have 6 15k scsi drives in and external case and they are striped in a raid 0 using softraid. I know that I can not use softraid or even use those drives in vista. But I also have another 6 drives in another case that I would like to stripe in a raid 0 and use them in vista, for photoshop scratch. Is there any raid 0 software for vista?

A:Software RAID 0 for Vista Business 64bit?

Anyone know how to get a software raid 0 in Vista Business 64bit?


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Arrghh! I'm so wound up! I'm constantly getting BSOD whilst trying to set up raid0 in XP 32bit (to start with). Very sorry for the long post. I just wanted to give you guys as much info as possible.

I'll take it from the beginning so you guys have a better understanding of what I'm doing and want to achieve.

Basically I have an 'upgrade to' version of vista64 which requires XP to be installed before it can run. I've had it running perfect whilst using one HDD but this time I want to use Raid0. As you can tell it's not going to well

First off I formatted my second hard drive to have it ready for raid0. I then created a raid driver floppy using the drivers from the motherboard CD. I went into bios and changed the sata config to RAID saved and exited. Pressed Ctrl+I during post to enter Intel Raid manager. I create the raid0 array and exit the manager. Windows XP setup screen pops up to start the XP installation game. I press F6 when prompted. I then press S and tell set up to load ICH8/ICH9 SATA RAID CONTROLLER drivers from the floppy. Set up does it's thing. It then says Windows is starting then bang BSOD every time. If I revert back to one HDD and change back to IDE under sata config XP installs absolutly fine. No problems. As soon as I try setting up raid. . . . .

I've tried all sorts of things. Memtesting, HDD chkdsk, loading AHCI drivers instead of Raid, taking one stick of memory out, updated bios, ect ect.

All I want to do is get XP installed with on raid0. ... Read more

A:BSOD Raid 0 problems and updating to 64bit

Hi Staith,

Although you have got an upgrade version of Vista, you don't need to install an earlier OS version before you can install it - see the following Tutorial Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
In addition, I notice that you wish to install Vista 64-bit on top of XP 32-bit. That will not work anyway because you cannot upgrade a 32-bit OS to 64-bit (or vice-versa). In those situations, it has to be a clean install.

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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 ... Read more

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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I have a Dell Precision 390 with a single disk on SATA0.
Could I add a pair of Raid 0 (stripped) drives on SATA2 and SATA3?
Well I have a pair of disks from a dead pc which I'd like to recover data from. They are configured as a Raid 0 pair.
I doubt this configuration would work, but I just thought I'd ask!

A:Dell Precision 390 desktop mixed raid and non raid?

I posted this nearly 4 years ago and 7000 people looked at it. No one had an answer...

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Installed a new M4 ssd today and loaded windows on it. Previously i was using 2 raptors in raid 0 for the os and programs. I re raided the 2 raptors and connected them to the jmicron ports and set them up for raid in bios, then created the raid 0 array no prob. Windows doesnt see the array when loaded up and i have the latest rst drivers installed..did this prior to the os install on the ssd. did i do something wrong? using the x58 e760a1 mobo. under device manager, the raid controller has an exclamation mark and no driver installed yet i have the latest rst installed..

A:Win 7 raid 0 setup / missing raid controller driver

Try loading the JMicron drivers from the motherboard manufacturer. RST is for Intel chipsets.

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i have an MSI 915P/G motherboard with two maxtor 160GB HDD's as a RAID 1 array. my mobo has an onboard RAID controller. the system worked. wanted to reinstall xp, so i performed [email protected] killdisk on my c: partition. now windows doesn't see my RAID array. i installed an additional seagate SATA HD and was able to install XP on it. device manager displays a yellow question mark by my RAID controller, but if i install drivers for the RAID my computer fails to boot and goes to windows 'safe mode or last known good OS' screen. safe mode just keeps rebooting, last known good takes me back to RAID controller driver problems.
any ideas of how to get my data off the d: partition of my maxtor drives would be great.

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My Eyes er bleedin_n_my heads a spinnin
Been readin Raid-0 threads n pages for weeks now

The more I read the more confusing it gets!

I have two new WD800JBs, two old Fireball Plus AS 40 gig drives,
and a 5th 20 gig Quantum drive...for...."Disk Management Console Tweaks."

A Gigabyte GA7vaxp mainboard with Onboard Promise, and an old FastTrak100 pci card.

1. Is the Promise card better then the onboard version?

2. Can I create a hardware Raid-0 array as my primary partion;
then go into Disk Management Console and create a 2ndary
Dynamic Disk Array with my old Fireballs?
Perhaps I should just keep my old Fireballs for Storage/Backup and buy another WD800jb (only 80 bucks) for a hardware controlled 3 drive array.........or single ata WD800jb with dynamic disk array.......?

Blah...........bla,bla.........blah, blah blah!


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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?

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I have a computer running XP which was built with a pair of 80 GB hard drives which have met their limit in terms of free space so the user is wanting to upgrade. These drives appear to be running in some kind of RAID setup via the motherboards built in RAID feature (not a PCI card running this setup). This is the first time I've encountered a RAID setup in a home-based PC.

One other minor problem I have is this motherboard (an Asus ABN-VM) only has two SATA ports, which are both used, so I'm going to have to clone to an external drive as an image file and then connect the new single 500 GB drive and clone back from that image to the new drive. However, come to think of it, I have an adapter that would allow me to connect the new drive to the PC via USB so... scratch that concern I guess.

I decided to take the plunge and see what Clonezilla would do with the external USB drive I have and the two 80 GB drives in the PC. When the main menu appeared I told it that I wanted to work in device_to_image mode and then told it to mount all drives. It then asked me to select the drive I wanted to use as the source but it presented both drives as individual drives, not a single mirror as I was expecting the motherboard to present it as. So... don't know what to do from here.

Perhaps there's another cloning utility out there I could run from within Windows or could boot from a disc that would recognize this array and clone it to a single drive properly. Any suggest... Read more

A:Need to clone a RAID mirror (two drives) to a non-RAID, single HD

If the drives are mirrored then imaging one drive should be all you need. If the drives are striped then the two drives are being combined together to make ~160GB drive.

I guess to determine this, what is the capacity of the main 'logical' drive? 80 or 160'ish?

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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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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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I created a windows system image with the backup and restore utility built into win7. This windows install is on a single hard drive. I built and onboard RAID 0+1 array and used the windows 7 install disk to restore the image on to the new RAID volume. Windows starts to boot up but the screen goes black and reboots. The windows recovery screen appears and asks if I want to run the startup repair or start windows normally. I selected the startup repair. Windows goes through it's paces and tries to repair but fails. It says "NoRootCause" and the problem is likely caused by a recent system change or upgrade. I have the feeling windows needs some kind of RAID drivers or something. The onboard RAID is a P5W DH Deluxe motherboard. Any ideas? Is this even possible to do?

A:Windows 7 System Image - Restore Non-RAID to RAID 0+1

MetalliMyers, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Assuming you built the RAID while still using the single disk this is what worked for me when I was experimenting with RAID,

1. Install drives and configure the array

2. Boot to Windows and install the necessary RAID driver

3. Make a full backup after the drivers are installed

4. Used imaging program (at the time I used Acronis True Home, but should work with any imaging app) to put the backup on the array

5. Disconnected the single drive after imaging just to remove it from causing any problems

6. Started up and it booted to Windows

No promises but it should work. Failing that you are looking at a fresh install of Windows.

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could I add an internal non-raid hard disk drive to my computer and leave my 3 other hard disk drives in a raid 5 configuration?
ASUS tech support said that I could add optical DVD/CD drives to my SATA connections on my mobo is that correct? The mobo manual does not indicate that I can so I don't know if I should believe the tech guy or not (unless the information is buried deeply and briefly in the manual - I sure can't find it in the manual). My IDE controller on the mobo seems to be failing so I want to replace my IDE dvd and cd drives with SATA optical drives.

DVD Burner: Lite - on LH-20A1H-186
CD Burner: Lite - on LH-52R1P-185
Case: Silverstone SSTemjinTJ06
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
CPU Cooler: ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball
Fax modem: Encore ENF656-ESW-MOPR
Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel
Floppy Drive: NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model FD1231H-302
Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V
RAM: Corsair 2 total 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Video Card: eGeForce 8800GTX 768MB
Hard Drves (3): Seagate HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620AS
Raid 5 configuration

A:Solved: Non Raid Disk Drive in Raid 5 configuration?

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I keep trying to migrate it using minitool partition wizard but whenever the action has been completed it won't boot from the SSDs windows recovery comes up. Any suggestions?

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I am new as a poster to this forum, and I mistakenly started this thread in the wrong section. Also, I did not follow the instructions for BSODs.

My apologies. Hopefully, i have it right this time.

Customer has a 2yr old Dell Inspiron 580 w/Core i3 540 running Windows 7 Pro 64bit.
Some more resource intensive stuff was coming down the pike, so we upgraded the RAM from 4 to 8 gigs and added a HighPoint RAID controller (2 WD Terabyte drives).

The upgrade process proceeded without any issues. The RAID was initialized, partitioned and data copied. No errors, no glitches. I even downloaded and installed Windows 7 64-bit SP1 after all the new hardware was in place.

OK, so the machine has been back on-site for about 3 weeks. They are experiencing random BSODs at rate of 2-3 a day, and I cannot determine the cause.

The specified files in the BSOD posting instructions have been zipped and attached to this thread.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A:Random BSOD WinPro7 64bit SP1 w/Highpoint RAID

Bump... Can any crash whisperers make sense of this? I know I could switch out all the RAM, and individually test the RAID drives, but I was hoping the dmp files would provide some sort of clue....

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Hi All,
Am pulling my hair out a bit.
I have the following MOBO:


2X80gb Western Digital SATA Drives

2x2TB Samsung Spintpoint SATA Drives

I have already been using the machine with another 80Gb Western Digital SATA Drive with Windows 7 Pro 64Bit installed and now want to convert to RAID 5 for redunancy in case of Drive failure (We all say we will back up but we are all lazy when it comes to it LOL).

I have taken out the original OS drive and plugged it into the E-SATA connector on the MOBO, gone into the BIOS, turned on RAID for the SATA Ports on the MOBO, and connected the 2 X 80Gb Boot drives. Entered the Hardware RAID Controller POST, and created the RAID 5 Volume from the 2 X 80Gb Discs.
Now boot with Acronis Wester Digital edition.

Clone the Original 80Gb Disc to the new Raid Array.

Shut machine off, remove original OS 80gb Disc from E-SATA port.

Boot machine.

It starts to boot, and gets as far as the Windwos 7 Microsoft 4 Colour logo and then I get an error and then have to boot into Windows 7 from DVD and go through the repair process.

When the Repair has run it reports the following:
The following startup option will be repaired:
Name: Windows Boot Manager
Identifier: {9DEA862C-5CDD-4E70-ACC1-F32B344D4795}

The following startup options will be added:
Name: Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\e52d0bc2-1f15-11df-af10-d764fe3715b8\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=D76190 MB)

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A:Moving existing Windows 7 Pro 64Bit OS Install to RAID 5

It may not be possible to clone a single HD installation to a RAID5 array.

The stall you are getting at the boot animation is typical of the failure of an image or HD to start on new hardware as is often the case.

The known solutions to this besides clean install are booting Paragon Adaptive Restore CD which removes all drivers to adjust the install to boot on new hardware, or use Acronis 10+ with Universal Restore which accomplishes the same thing during imaging.

However the wild card is the RAID5 which while seen as new hardware may not be adaptable without clean reinstall.

I would try to find a manual way to load the RAID drivers first. They may be in the Win7 DriverStore but a combination of conflicts are blocking startup, which is why the technology which supports this starts by removing all the key drivers.

I will ask the best imaging expert I know SIW2 to look at this.

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Motherboard: AsRock Extreme 4 : Click On Me For Asrock site
Hard disks: Three 1TB Western Digitals.

Motherboard settings for storage: Located in- Advanced --> Storage Configuration
-SATA Controller- Enabled
-Onboard RAID 3Tb+ Unlocker- UEFI Mode for GPT Partition
-SATA IDE Combined Mode- Disabled
-Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode- AHCI Mode
------Marvell SATA3 Bootable
Onboard IDE & 1394 Controller- Disabled.

I'm in the progress of attempting to install windows 7 64bit with sp1 streamed in to the disk- to a RAID 0 Configuration of 3 1TB hard disks.

At this point I've already created the Logical array in the EFI bios (if you will). And confirmed that the drive is equal to the 3tb!

And I'm attempting to install Windows right now. But it seems every time I create the three partitions, after I load the RAID Driver, - explained in this guide here : Click Me! -

Type Diskpart, press Enter.
Type List Disk , press Enter.
Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
Type Clean, press Enter.
Type Convert GPT, press Enter.
Type Create Partition EFI Size=100, press Enter.
Type Format Quick FS=FAT32, press Enter.
Type Create Partition MSR Size=128, press Enter.
Type Create Partition Primary Align=4096, press Enter.
Type Format Quick FS=NTFS, press Enter.
Type Exit, press Enter.

After I've formatted and click on the last partition to install... The system does give me a yell... Read more

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I'm about to set up a RAID 0 configuration (2 x 1TB HDD's) with Windows 7 installed and have a question -
I've read somewhere you can set up various partitions and use one of them for page filing. Am I able to do this with a RAID 0 set up?

A:Win7 & Raid 0


I think you can. Howver, before you proceed down the RAID route, do yourself a favour and visit some of the many threads here concerning installtion of Windows 7 and RAID arrays. Generally, it has been a very unhappy experience. Use the SEARCH fucntion on the forums to check them out.

I do not believe you will gain significant benefit out of installing the OS to the RAID. It depends exactly your reasons for wanting to use the RAID option in the first place. Don't forget that RAID0 has no redundancy : one disk fails, you need to rebuild everything.


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Hello. I have two 500gb disks and i setup them to run in RAID 0 mode. I try to install windows 7 and at the 2nd restart ( 1st time use configuration in explorer) the screen goes black and doesn?t do anything.

Can anyone help solve this problem?

motherb: asus 6pt se
cpu: core i7 920
so: win 7 x64

Thank you very much!!

A:raid 0 and x64 win7

Quote: Originally Posted by pscouto

Hello. I have two 500gb disks and i setup them to run in RAID 0 mode. I try to install windows 7 and at the 2nd restart ( 1st time use configuration in explorer) the screen goes black and doesn?t do anything.

Can anyone help solve this problem?

motherb: asus 6pt se
cpu: core i7 920
so: win 7 x64

Thank you very much!!

Did you set "Configure SATA as [RAID]" in Bios setup under "SATA Configuration"?

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I have Win7 Home Premiume 64Bit.
I Right Click on My Computer and pick Manag.
Then I click on Storage and all my Hard Drives come up.
I have one Drive with all my Photos Music and so on and a Black Drive.
I Right click the Drive with my Photos and Music and so on and I was looking for the Words   Ad New Merror or something like this.
I do not see anything for making a RAID?
I wanted to make a RAID with Win7 because I do not wwant to Pay for a Program to do the same thing.


Windows has software RAID, but offers just spanned, stripe, mirror. So it has limitations than that of a hardware based RAID setup. The drives needs to be wiped and volume deleted to rebuild the drives. Here's more detailed information on how to go about that. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/36504/how-to-create-a-software-raid-array-in-windows-7/

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I have a Windows XP machine with five drives, (primary XP, secondary and tertiary and a RAID pair. According to the boot up screen the tertiary drive failed and the OS would try to load, but crawled and I was never able to get it to fully boot. After several tries now one of Raid Drives shows that it has failed. I tried going into the BIOS to disable the tertiary drive, but instead changed the RAID pair to SATA and then tried to reboot but I got an error message NTLDR.

The RAID pair has 1/2 TB of iTunes music which I am hoping I have not lost.

Can someone help me navigate how to recover my machine?

Thank you in advance!

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Hey Guys,

I have just done a thoughtless thing. I have two pc's. One is my main for hard work such as music production and gaming. The other is networked to that one as a media pc.

I wanted to switch motherboards over. One is a Nvidia EvGA 680i with the raid and the other same but a 780i. The 780i is newer and has PCI-E2 and so wanted to swap because of a graphics card upgrade.

I forgot about the raid. If I build a raid on the origiinal motherboard albeit different memory and processor will I be able to recover the data on the raid?

Thanks in advance

A:Have I lost My RAID?

So I have loaded the three hard drives into the old motherboard and if I have raid switched off in the bios windows sees all the drives. As soon as I switch the raid on (set correctly) when it goes into post the raid flashes because there is errors. F10 into raid and enter only two of the three drives are showing. I can't understand why because as I stated earlier without raid on they show in post and computer management within windows.

No one come across this before?

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A client has a Dell T110 (with a PERC S100 RAID controller) running Windows 2008 R2. The system has two virtual disks: a non-RAID drive (C:) running the OS, and a RAID1 drive (E:) sharing data folders with the network. We need to install new,
larger disks for the raid.
I thought that I could back up the data on the existing RAID drive (E:), install the new disks, build a new array in the S100's boot-time virtual disk manager (VDM), boot into the OS, create the new partition, and copy the data back. This was not the
case. After installing the new disks and building the new array (which is reported as "READY (R/W)" during boot, Windows boots all the way to "Press CTRL-ALT+DELETE to log on". After two or three seconds, the system reboots. The
same thing happens when I try to boot into Safe Mode. The system DOES NOT automatically boot to the Recovery Console. It never seems to know that an error has occurred and that the system didn't shut down normally.
I've booted into the Recovery Console, installed the drivers for the PERC S100, and run Startup Recovery to no avail. Also in the Recovery Console, I've run "chkdsk E:\ /f" (remarkably, the drive letter for the data drive remained the
same), and no errors were reported. I've also reinstalled the S100 drivers from the Recovery Console using DISM, but that changed nothing.
I've booted to Windows 8.1 PE, installed the S100 drivers, formatted the new... Read more

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My raid 0 drive(s) will not retain their drive letter after reboot. I have to manually set it every time I start the PC.

Initially I "accidentally" set the raid partition to active (overactive clicking while not watching the screen), then thinking it did not really matter just went ahead and set the drive letter to "E" which is the default, and first available entry after a and b. Upon reboot it did it again, lost the drive letter.

I then proceeded to go into the command prompt, and set the drive back to "inactive" which removed the active flag on it. No big deal, easy enough. I reset the drive letter. Then, thinking this might work somehow I rebooted again. Same problem, lost the letter.

I tried a different letter, thinking it could possibly be some registry issue or something, which is very well might be, on the grounds that a different letter might force a new entry? Idk, not all that hot with the registry.

Reboot, same problem.

So now what? I want to back everything up to my primary drives and then reinstall the OS using the raid drives as the system drive. But if this is going to happen again in that case that would be less than ideal.

A:RAID 0 - loses drive letter at reboot.

I have only found one thread on this on teh interwebz and that never got an answer either.

I can see by the 50+ views that it has you guys stumped as well lol!

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I already looked over the RAID thread about installing and so on, but what about repair or fixing a drive. My old computer lasted for 6 years before I replaced it. So I don't know a whole a lot about RAID and SATA and only recently got a computer with new technology.

Before I post the rest of my info, here is exactly what happened leading up to this...

My computer froze and I restarted the computer. It ran for a few more minutes and then it froze again.

Then as it was restarting the cooling fan failed.

I restarted the computer and it tried to load a few more times but would not completely load the OS and would freeze.

Then each other time of restarting it had trouble recognizing my DVD-R/RW drive and HDD.

I checked the BIOS and trying disable then enable the RAID function in the BIOS. Tried it with IDE as well I don't know what the other one is, something like ACHI or AGHI. Also changing the Boot order to DVD-R/RW first then HDD then switching it back to no luck.

I double checked the connection to the DVD-R/RW drive and HDD.

My computer has a diagnostic function, so at start up, I ran the diagnostics and my processor and 8 GB of ram is running correctly.

When I started searching online I found a site where the exact same chain of events happened to someone else. Here is the site with the thread. Computer froze, fan quite working, "...RAID disabled"

Here is the link...
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A:No disk reserved for RAID use, RAID disabled.

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total 5 disks.

thanks for any insight.

A:what provides the greates storage capacity? Raid 0 or Raid 5

Raid 0 and Raid 5 are so different from one another I think we should have better descriptives for them.

I don't know, does R-0 allow for more than two drives? If so then its R-0 for sure if all the hard drives are the same size, but I'm leaning toward two drive max even though I have no idea.

If its two drives only for R-0 then its R-5 for sure because even with the redundancy recovery resource data occupying each drive the total still available from 5 drives will be more than 2 striped drives.

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I think I know why it's causing the drive to appear as Non-RAID. My computer restarted itself while I was sleeping. I logged back in and there wasn't any notification from the Intel Matrix Storage Console that my RAID had crashed or was crashing.
I started unzipping a file I just downloaded, and realized something wasn't right since it was taking forever for the file to unzip. I wasn't sure what was going on, so I restarted my computer. That's when during boot it said that one of the drives is a Non-RAID drive. I don't know how to fix it right now, and I would like to refrain from having to re-make the RAID without being able to backup everything from it. Is there some way I can gain access to the HDD that's Non-RAID and delete the files I unzipped to restore it?

A:RAID 0 Crash, displays one drive as Non-RAID

Hello and welcome to TGS
Raid 0 has no redundancy at all, if one drive fails you have lost all your data.
I am fairly sure it can not be rebuilt without losing the data.
This is why with any type of raid set-up it is important to have good backup

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I had an adaptec 1210SA SATA RAid controller with two 160 Gb. drive mounted in RAID 0. I bought a new controller (Adaptec 2410SA) and I disconnected my two 160 Gb. drive to connect on my new controller. But now it doesn't see my RAID 0. So, I reinstalled my old 1210SA and reconnect my two drive but now it only see a JBOD and windows can't access my drives. I see that I can create a RAID 0 without initialize the two hard drives in the controller BIOS utility, but I'm not sure I could recreate the RAID 0 without loosingall my data (and damn me I should check out before doing the upgrade but I wish it's not too late). Could someone give me a hint how to recover my data? (And sorry for my english I from Montréal, Québec and I speak french). Tank you.

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