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No Array Defined w/ RAID disabled

Q: No Array Defined w/ RAID disabled

Ok so my old computer finally crapped out (guessing it was the mobo or cpu or clock or something, it turned off one night and when i tried to turn it back on gave a buzz from around the cpu (yes i know cpus don;t make buzzes)) So I decided it was time for an upgrade and my wife let me! :bounce:

Now here is the problem I got it from Newegg today and hooked everything up (details below) start it up and I get this "Scanning IDE Drives.....
No Array Defined.....
Press F2 to enter Array Bios Config Utility or
Press Esc to continue booting"

If I go into the Array Bios it says "No Disk is found. Please check the power and data cable connection. <Press any key to exit>

I searched as much as I could and found that disabling the RAID in the BIOS should do the trick. The closest thing I could find in my BIOS is under "Integrated Peripherals" I disabled SATA and Nvidia RAID Setup. Both my HD are on the IDE. I don't have anything in the SATA ports on the mobo.

It says both my HD are there in the BIOS when I check under System Information as well as the RAM and CPU specs are correct there as well.

Still says the same thing. I am at a loss at what to do and my wife is going to murder me if I don't get it fixed soon. Here are my system Specs

MOBO: Foxconn M61PMP-K
CPU: AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz Socket AM3
GPU: Galaxy GeForce 8400 GS 512MB
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Any help would be very much appreciated.

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would like to reformat hard dive, but new motherboard will not detect cdrom and floppy drives. when i boot up it says that there is no array defined..... so how do i find the cdrom so i can reformat.........thanks
 

A:no array defined

If your mother board won't pick up or reconsize the floppy or hard drive or cd when it starts to boot watch and somewhere on the screen usually bottom left corner you will see something like to enter setup press delete.

Do this and go into set up and have the motherboard find them and then all you will have to do is accept the settings and save and exit.

The floppy you might have to tell it that it is there or another problem might be you have the cables on backwards or a pin might have gotten bent.

I know the last suggestions you might think stupid but we all do make a mistake every now and then so it won't hurt to check. Not trying to insult your intelligence.

Also you might want to check the mother board jumper settings.
 

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while booting,
i receive a message
"scanning IDE drives.....
No Array is defined...
Press <Ctrl-F> to enter FastBuild(tm) Utility or Press <Esc> to continue booting"
when in enter window, every program I enter will jump to another program,it keep blinking and fool around, how to settle the problem?
 

A:No Array is defined

That's a message that your onboard RAID controller is trying to see if it has any drives attached to it forming an array of disks, and its not finding any. If its upsetting you, try disabling the onboard RAID (which I am guessing it is) in your machine's BIOS.

Dunno why that would make your other problem happen, though ("when in enter window, every program I enter will jump to another program,it keep blinking and fool around, how to settle the problem?") - I am not sure how that is related to the RAID controller issue.
 

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How to make this short...

Windows XP PC worked fine with "no array defined". I did NOTHING to change the array but PC hung up on screen stating "array defined, press <esc> to boot press <control><f7> for fast build. However, nothing happens when I push the stated keys or any other key.

I can get into setup and mess with the bios, which sadly I did, after which PC frooze while "checking ...IDE".

I went back into bios settings, again bad choice, as now I don't even get the "checking ide". PC freezes on blank screen.

Can this PC be saved?

Thanks in adavance,
kriswel
 

A:PC freezes with array defined

You need to re-setup your BIOS. Check your PC manuals or visit the PC manufacture's support web site for details.
 

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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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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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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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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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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 recently changed the battery in my pc and now during set up this message comes up

Fasttrak 100 (tm) "lite" BIOS version 1.31.1 (build 30)
(c) 1995-2000 promise technology, Inc All rights reserved

scanning IDE drives...........
NO ARRAY IS DEFINED
press <ctrl-F> to enter fastbuild (tm) utility or
Press <Esc> to continue booting

if anyone could tell me what this means and why it comes up and if i should press <ctrl-F> then i would be most grateful

Thanks
x

And just to check if my hijack log is ok cause ive recently been having trojan problems thanks

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:35:51 PM, on 3/10/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common files\updmgr\updmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 2\MsgPlus.exe
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A:"no array is defined" what does this mean??? also hijack log to check merci

Are you talking about the BIOS battery?? Are you using a RAID motherboard? If the first answer is YES, then the BIOS is set to default. You have to enter SETUP and configure the BIOS.
 

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After having the battery replaced on our computer when starting uo this message now appears

Fasttrack 100 (tm) "lite" BIOS version 1.31.1 (build 30)
(c) 1995-2000 Promise technology, Inc All Rights Reserved
No array is defined.................... (this line is flashing)

Press <ctrl-f> to enter fastbuild (tm) utilty or
Press <esc> to continue booting.

If Ctrl-f is pressed it starts looking for some sort of disc any ideas what disk this is??????
if esc is pressed then it boots as normal
but this message never used to come up i assume it has something to do with the BIOS but i dont no how to sort it however if the computer works fine then is there any need to sort it out although i need to

thanks for your help
 

A:BIOs "no array is defined"??????

This is for a promise RAID controller. If you do not have any drives connected to the RAID controller disable it in the BIOS. It is doing this now because replacing the battery set the BIOS to factory defaults.
 

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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.






Quote:
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







Quote:
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????

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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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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.
BIOS:
Mediashield ROM BIOS 10.0.0.28 RPT
Copyright (C) 2009 NVIDIA Corp.
If someone would know what to do from here, please share your knowledge.
Thanks,
Chris
 

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does this apply when you are cloning from a parallel install.

I am trying to clone a W2k3 Server Domain controller from a smaller to larger raid array. Both arrays are on the same controller, an Adaptec SA2810. I am booting to a parallel install on a sata drive connected to the controller on the motherboard and performing the clone of the smaller array dead to the larger array.

The system completes the clone then reboots back to the parallel install. I then change the settings in bios to change the boot order and reboot and that resolves the problem of booting to the parallel install, but changing the boot order on the raid controller does not result in the larger array being seen as the C Drive when the smaller original array is connected.

I am loathe to disconnect the smaller original array prior to my knowing everything works, because if something goes wrong and I cannot get the original array back on the controller I could be in serious trouble.

I have gone through the cloning procedure twice already so I know it works, I just have to get past the drive assignment issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Cloning a Raid Array

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.
 

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I have a P4 computer with a RAID O array containing 3 HDD and the Highpoint software tells me at bootup time that the array is broken, or to check one of the disks because one of them is not working. After that, it continues to boot but stops when it is time to load all the drivers. I get to see the Windows XP icon and after that the screen goes blank. All this at a very slow speed. The windows XP icon remains there for a couple of minutes as if it were searching for info. Then, I see a flahs on the screen as if it were trying to load the desktop butnothing else happens.

How do I fix the array so I do not lose any data? How can I recover the data is the array is broken and I can't fix it? The C: HDD is connected to IDE1 on Soyo Dragon PX400 Ultra mobo. The other 2 HDD are connected to IDE 3 on mobo which is connected to the Highpoint 372 controller.
System Details:
P4 1.7 Ghz 100x17 on Soyo PX400 Drago Ultra mobo
350 Watts Power supply
3 Maxtor 80 gigs HDD's
Geforce Mx400 video card
Soundblaste Audigy Sound CArd
Sony CDRW
1 Floppy Drive (which has been disabled on BIOS)
Zenith 17" monitor

Thank you.

Regards,
Kshroben
 

A:RAID 0 array is broken

well

3 drives in a RAID array ? Maybe 2 of them are.....


If one of the drives in the raid array is a gonner so is all your data....Raid 0 offers no chance of data recovery if one of the drives fails.

Find out wich drive it is and replace the drive and create a new array...That all you can do.

As for 3 drives being in the array I Believe that your Primary drive C: IDE 1 is not in any of the Arrays but the 2 on IDE 3 are. Disconnect the 2 Raid drives And disable RaiD in the Bios and see if she boots then.
 

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OK....what's the deal?
I have 2 - 200GB drives and 2 - 80GB drives, This totals 560GB.
From this, I'd like to create Array1 with 10Gb's for the C drive and OS.
Then I'd like to create Array2 with 550Gb's for my data files.

I know I can do this if I was using SCSI disks with Compaq's SMART controllers, but I can't find anything that says I can do it with IDE ATA.

SIIG's best only allows raid0, raid1, and raid0+1
Promise is worse: they truncate the larger disks to match the smaller disks.
Adaptec is unclear whether they can or not.

Anyone?
 

A:Can't you do multi-array raid with IDE ATA hdd?

You haven't stated what OS you're running, so I'll assume you have Windows 2000 or XP (you can do this in Linux too, but I haven't tried it). What you can do is make a RAID-0 of the two 80GBs and a RAID-0 of the two 200GBs (using whatever RAID card you get). Then make a 10GB partition on the 2x80 array, and install Windows on that. Then you can just use Windows' built-in software RAID to join the rest of the 2x80 array with the 2x200 array to make a single large JBOD drive. That way all your data is still striped, but you get the 10GB + 550GB configuration you desire.
 

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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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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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Hey all,

So I'm running an ASUS M4N72-E mobo which has the Nvidia nForce 750a SLI chipset with built-in SATA RAID. I bought a pair of 1TB Samsung SATA hard drives to set up in a RAID 1 (mirrored) array for backing up pictures and the like, but I can't get the thing to show up in Windows for the life of me...

I first installed the nVidia driver set which supports in-Windows setup and configuration of RAID arrays (Nvidia Mediashield). With that all installed, I shutdown installed the two drives on SATA ports 5&6 which are supposedly for dedicated RAID according to the mobo manual. I went into the BIOS and set onboard SATA to RAID, and went to the RAID configuration utility to make sure both drives were showing up (they are). At first, I didn't set up the RAID in the BIOS config because I was going to do it in Mediashield.

Once I got back into windows the two drives show up as unpartitioned drives in Windows drive manager, and so I load up Nvidia Mediashield go through the steps to set up the array, and when I click "finish" the utility locks up for about 5 minutes (at first I thought formatting the array), but then closes with no messages. Once mediashield closes the drives no longer show up in the device manager or drive partitioner, and no RAID array shows up either. Rebooting is the only way to get them back. I've tried plugging the drives into different SATA ports, tried setting the RAID up in the BIOS config utility and then booting to Windows, and trie... Read more

A:RAID array isn't recognized?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by mastacox


Hey all,

So I'm running an ASUS M4N72-E mobo which has the Nvidia nForce 750a SLI chipset with built-in SATA RAID. I bought a pair of 1TB Samsung SATA hard drives to set up in a RAID 1 (mirrored) array for backing up pictures and the like, but I can't get the thing to show up in Windows for the life of me...

I first installed the nVidia driver set which supports in-Windows setup and configuration of RAID arrays (Nvidia Mediashield). With that all installed, I shutdown installed the two drives on SATA ports 5&6 which are supposedly for dedicated RAID according to the mobo manual. I went into the BIOS and set onboard SATA to RAID, and went to the RAID configuration utility to make sure both drives were showing up (they are). At first, I didn't set up the RAID in the BIOS config because I was going to do it in Mediashield.

Once I got back into windows the two drives show up as unpartitioned drives in Windows drive manager, and so I load up Nvidia Mediashield go through the steps to set up the array, and when I click "finish" the utility locks up for about 5 minutes (at first I thought formatting the array), but then closes with no messages. Once mediashield closes the drives no longer show up in the device manager or drive partitioner, and no RAID array shows up either. Rebooting is the only way to get them back. I've tried plugging the drives into different SATA ports, tried sett... Read more

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After a power failure, one of my striped drives was not functional in the array anymore. I had to delete the array and redefined it. I have run Norton Disk Doctor and it seems to recognize that there is a drive, but it asks if I have trouble accessing the partition. It (NDD) then runs a search for the FAT, but can't find any.
My problem is that WinXP doesn't recognize my array. It doesn't show up in Windows Explorer. But other programs seem to be able to see it. I ran QueTek File Scavenger and it finds all the files on my array.
I haven't written to the array at all. All the data is intact. WinXP just seems to not recognize that there is an array there.
 

A:WinXP does not see RAID array.

Do you have the drivers for the RAID installed.
Nothing should really accesible if you had the RAID striped...
 

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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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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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I am doing a self build and have a gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 motherboard,6gb 2000 corsair ddr3 memory,intel i7 930(bloomfield) cpu,corsair hx850w psu,2 x XFX 250 gts core edition 1gb ddr3. The m/b has 2 x sata3 6g/bs headers which I want to use for the main hdds and also want to use an ssd 64gb as a boot device in a raid 0 array but 3 into 2 headers won't go could someone please help with the best solution as the purchase of the drives is all I need to start and complete task. Should I just stay with sata 2 3g/bs.
thanks xangord
 

A:Solved: hdd raid 0 array

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I am trying to upgrade to XP Pro x64 from XP MCE sp2. Is this possible on a RAID array? I have [2] 300GB HDDs in a RAID 0 array using the nvidia raid controller on my MoBo: Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi.

Thanks, Jon

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I have never set up a Raid Array and am seeking help/ a tutorial.
I have two SATA WD 7200 HDs with the proper cords and everything. I really don't know where to go from there, please all the help I could get would be great.
Raid 0

A:Help setting up a RAID 0 Array

welcome
start with this
good luck

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The continuation of my building, I'm booting it up now, and all's well, I'd like to know how to set up a RAID array that will read and write off of both my 120 Gig Seagate Harddrives for even more speed.
 

A:Setting up a RAID array!

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Hi There,

I recently built a new PC. I used an ASUS P5WD Premium mobo, 2 gig or Ram, ASUS ATi PCi Graphics, 2 Maxtor 300 Gig SAT2 H/d's, and Sony DVD-RW & DVD-Rom.
I setup the MAxtor's in Raid 0 (Stripe). My pc failed to boot a couple of times, but went ok after a re-boot, but a few days ago, it had turned itself off. When I re-booted it, I noticed that although the Raid Array is listed as normal and bootable and both H/d's are seen, one is listed as "Error Occurred" and will not boot. After some fiddling it does get to say that Windows cannot boot due to the ...system32\config\system file being missing or corrupt, but if I go to the Repair consol from my XP CD it will do nothing. If I try "CHKDSK" it says it has unrecoverable errors, and it does not appear to be able to access the h/d's in any way such as making directories, or displaying the directory tree!

I have new drives to go in to get me up and running again whilst sending the faulty ones back, but is there a way of getting them up and running to be able to get some files of of them, and/or wiping them before I send them back. Even better, can I repair? I have tried the Maxtor Power Max software but it does not see the h/d's, I guess because they are in a Raid Array??

Any help please??

Dave
 

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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 have a lot of experience building my own computers but no experience at all with RAID arrays. I have purchased a RAID PCI Card that should arrive at the house today. I already own 2 Seagate 80 gig hard drives and want to set them up in a RAID 0 configuration. I have Googled to try to find instructions for setting it up but really haven't found setup instructions. From what I have read, it looks like I will lose everything on my 2 hard drives and will have to reload OS and software again because I don't have a 3rd hard drive. For just a quick start, I plug in the PCI card, install both HD's, electrically connect the 2 HD's to the RAID card, and then reboot? Is there some type of software that needs to be loaded for the RAID on the reboot? You guys know of any place I can find instructions on how to do this? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jim
 

A:Setting up RAID Array

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So, I have an external hardware Raid 5 array consisting of 4x3TB drives yielding little over 8TB of formatted space connected over eSATA. The array has about 5.5TB of data on it. One sad afternoon I was copying some data when my computer decided to freeze. It did not "un-freez" itself in timely manner so I was forced to manually reboot. After the reboot all came back online, but the windows gave me message that if I want to use the disk (RAID array) I will have to format it. Needless to say I turned pale.

The RAID utility shows the raid as intact with no errors. The Windows recognizes the "drive" and does assign it a letter, but I cannot access it (it wants a format). The disk manager recognizes the "drive" as healthy, but in RAW file format. I have used Active Partition Recovery (freeware) on it and it does recognize the "drive", partition and all the files/folders (can't copy and paste them, figures). However, in the properties it states the the GPT is damaged. All the data is there, but I can't get to it or get it out. What are my options at this point?

Thanks,
Desperate (and pale) Pioneer
 

A:Damaged GPT on Raid 5 array

Please note that anything you try to do now can cause more damage.

Give TestDisk a try. its free opensource software free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software: certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
 

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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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Greetings,

Does anyone out there know a way of checking to see if raid-1 is working?

I am running 2 drives with one raid controller card called RocketRAID 133.

I do not wish to break the mirror to check this.
Thanks,
Shandley

A:How can I tell if my RAID-1 Array is working?

You'll have to access the Rocket RAID BIOS to check. I believe it's Ctrl-H during bootup.

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My in-laws have an older Dell desktop PC running XP and recently are getting a message telling them that one of the drivers in the raid array is bad. It looks like there are 2 drives '0' and '1' and the #1 is the bad drive. They are both the stock 250GB WD hard drives that came with the machine. Do I need to replace it with the exact same drive or will any SATA 250GB work? Let me know if more info is needed. Thanks
 

A:Bad drive in RAID array

Check the specs of the failed hd (ie make/model) online to verify *IF* yours is hot pluggable - - you should match the specs
of the failed device.
 

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