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Relacing Raid(0) Config

Q: Relacing Raid(0) Config

I have or had a raid(0) config on a dell xps 400 which I just updated all system drivers and programs. It has 2 seagate 160 g sata drives. One Failed and XP Pro would not boot past the windows screen. After resetting system one of the drives had an error message and system would no longer boot. I have a backup and really dont care about the drives other than the 10 hours its gonna take me to reinstall operating system, Adobe Suite, Office Suite, Quickbooks etc.

My question is can I just remove the 2 drives and replace it with one 500 g internal drive sata drive. Also the sata interface my other drives had were sata-150, i think the newer ones are sata-300. Do I need to be concerned about this or will it just be slower?

If I can replace with 1 big drive do I just install XP from cd, then do windows update, install updated drivers, then install my productivity software? or is there more to it than that since it was originally raid(0)?

Thanx for any help

A: Relacing Raid(0) Config

This should be possible.
You need to change the BIOS options to ATA for the new drive. The manual is here:
This happened to me, and I've given up on RAID 0 for any OS drive, or important files.

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with four ata hard drives connected, how do i config them in the Raid bios so that 2 are stripping and 2 are mirroring, the hard drives are set in 2 locations in the bios.

A:Raid config

All RAID setup is done in the RAID BIOS. You can RAID only drives that are actually connected to the RAID controller and not the normal one.

Your RAID controller may not allow several arrays at all. Check the manual?

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I have a RAID 5 configuration on my server. It only has 3 drives right now and I want to add two more to the config. If I just add the drives will they be recognized by the SCSI controller or is there additional configuring that I need to perform. I have a Dell PowerEdge server.

Thanks for your help!

A:Uprgading a RAID 5 config

It should detect the new drives automatically. Don't forget to reterminate the SCSI chain.


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Hello, I am in the process of building 2 new Domain Controllers and trying to figure out the best RAID config for both. I have a plan already but wanted to bounce it off some people before i put it in stone. Below i will list the services on each DC, number of and size of drives.

OfficeScan Server
SharePoint 2007 Server
Backup Exec
Timekeeping Software

3 - 36GB
3 - 72GB

File & Print Server
SQL Server 2005 $ Reporting Services

6 - 146GB

Side Question - Would it be best to put Backup Exec on the same server as the File server?

DC1 I was planning on using 3 - 36GB as RAID 1
OS patition - 16GB
Swap Partition - 8GB
Log Partition - 2GB
Rest is Unallocated for dynamic allocation later on - If needed.

Then creating a RAID 5 for the 3 - 72GB
All one partition.

DC2 I was planning on creating a RAID 5
OS patition - 16GB
Swap Partition - 8GB
Log Partition - 2GB

Then allocate the rest for file server. My company's data will take a very long time before coming close to ever touching even 25% of a 850GB partition.

I could use some recommendations on DC2. I could even swap out some of the drives from server to server. Looking forward to some good suggestions, thanks in advance!

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My old system died a couple months ago. The mobo was an Asus A7N8X-Deluxe and I had two WD SATA drives in a RAID-0 config. I just built a new system and I'm using an Asus M2R32-MVP mobo. The RAID Utility recognizes the two disks, but it doesn't recognize my RAID config. It shows that 1 disk makes up a JBOD type RAID.

I REALLY need to get the files off my old RAID config. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a way to rebuild the RAID without destroying the files?

I have another hard drive I can install Windows XP on if there is an option to recover the RAID when they aren't the boot disk.


Thanks in advance for any info!


A:Help! Old RAID-0 Config in New System

You have found the reason I stress backup SO much.
I assume you setup the raid with the onboard type of controller. If that is correct, you will need the same type of controller in order to access the data on the drives. This means you will need the same type of board with the same type of controller. Since this was an nvidia if you find a board with the nforce II chipset/controller, it may work.

This is one reason I always recommend a real raid card. With a real raid card you simply install your new board; install the card and connect the drives. Do a repair install and you are good to go.

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I hope someone out there might have some insight to this very perplexing problem. I have had a Win 7 Pro machine (which was in a RAID 0 config using two Mushkin Reactor SSDs, 512GB each) which I updated to Win 10 sometime in Dec 2015. Not a single problem with the upgrade! Yea. Right after the Anniversary Update (which was early August), I noticed several wonky things happening like Blue screens saying things like CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED and others which were very frustrating. I rolled back the AU and from that point every so often, I would get BSODs with a variety of code errors. I used Windows Tweaking AIO tool to try to fix things, but it just didn't seem quite right. I use this machine mostly for testing and gaming, so the loss of data wasn't super critical to me, other than a few games (which I back-up often). I decided it was time to do a clean bare-metal install, but I ran into a brick wall. After using MCT to get Windows 10 Pro 64bit on a USB flash drive, and resetting the RAID array on my ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 MB (updated the BIOS and Intel's RST drivers), I can't get past the "Copying Windows Files" in the install mode. No little dots following the words, it just gets stuck. I made sure the MCT was using EFI Windows install. I just can't get Win 10 to load on the Mushkin SSD's in RAID 0. I deleted the array and tried again, but to no avail. I then went back to my Win 7 Pro flash drive and the OS loaded up without a hitch.... Read more

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I bought a desktop from and it was working great (excluding a minor mouse problem) until earlier today. I started the system and the bios came up and told me the 2 Hard Drives were not detected. So I pressed F10 and went into the setup and deleted the old array because I thought maybe something happened to it? So i tried to set up a new array but only 1 hard drive was there. I have a:
AMD Athlon64 3200+Cpu w/ Hyper Transport Technology
2 60GB sata150-Seagate 72000rpm 8mb Cache Hard Drives
EVGA nForce4 SLI chipset SATARAID dual Pci-E Mainboard
512x2 Ram (1024)
and two NVIDIA Gefoce 6600 GT 128MB 16x PCI Express Video Cards

Does anyone know what might have caused my trouble and how to fix it? Thanks!

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if i have raid 0 setup and want to have a third drive for storage purposes will i need to install both raid and sata drivers during windows set up or will one (or the other) do the job.

thanks mark.

A:raid 0 config + extra drive

Depends on the card you use. Many real raid cards do allow you to connect raid and non-raid drives to the card. Some onboard controllers do not allow this; promise onboard comes to mind.

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Ok here is what I got. 3 WD 120g drives in raid 5 on a promise 4 channel ata raid card. I partitioned it into two drives with one being 20g, the other was going to be around 200g. The problem is when I format from windows (recommended in the Promise setup manual), I get the error message "Cannot format, volume too big". This is on a machine with Windows 2000 server SP4 and I'm using FAT32. Is there a work around in Windows or do I need to format it using FDISK which I normally use for single HD's. If I do need to use FDISK, how do I access the raid from it? I have searched on this topic and is was suggested I have the raid cards driver on the boot disk. Not a problem to add that, just curious as to how I need to go about doing this from the boot disk.

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I bought 2 western digitail raptore SATA hard drives 10000rpm 8mb cache etc...

I am going to use RAID0 and i was wondering, for gaming, what would be the best chunk size?

A:SATA question about RAID config.

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I want to ask you a question and it may sound odd because I am still trying to understand everything...When I am selecting what hard drives to buy, do I want to buy a fast 10,000rpm drive to boot from and then a bigger 7200rpm drive or two for storage? Another question, can I go with all SATA hard drives or do I need to start with an IDE hard drive and then add SATA drives after? Or is a RAID config better? If so, I assume all HD's must be exactly the same speed/size/make? I know these questions might be odd or just wrong, but I am still trying to learn? I was planning on buying a Dell XPS a week ago and then I saw what a financial mistake that would have been so here I am, Help please?


My build plans so far is:

**ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard

**Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600

**eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video

**CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO

A:Solved: New to building, HD/RAID config question?

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I have set up 2 seagate drives in raid 0 stripe on an Intel Rapid Storage controller and would like to be able to monitor the health of these drives.

Any program that I've tried reports it as a SCSI Disk Device and offers no info.

I've also tried to find something that would monitor the controller but no luck.

If anyone could offer me some advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Ken

A:How to monitor disk health in raid config?


IRST will do that as seen below:

If you don't have it installed, do so from here:


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I have a dell xps 420 that came with 32 bit vista home premium, I upgraded to 64 bit ultimate. I went to dell's web site and installed all the drivers for 64 bit available including the Bios update. I got a error when trying to install the matrix storage manager said my system did not meet the requirements for it. I have tried and tried every driver for the Intel x38 chip set and the Intel ICH9 ATA storage controller I can find and still get the same response when trying to install the matrix storage manager. I would like to run raid zero is my goal. I could run it under my old 32 bit configuration. I posted this issue else were and got told you need the right drivers (kinda figured that) The help I need is were to get the drivers? what version's do I need? I searched Intel web site and got no were on my own. I also upgraded my video card, memory, added a T.V. tuner card, 2 Hard drives and a second DVD drive. all of which came with its own drivers for 64 bit. I did try the system out after all these upgrades with 32 bit and could run raid so some were my drivers are not all upgraded to 64 bit compatibility but I am lost on driver issues. Another thing since going to 64 bit it takes a long time to boot up, up to 10 min's or more not sure why.... LOL

General Information Service Tag 7ZHN8F1 Express Service Code 17383429981 Computer Model Dell XPS420 BIOS Vendor Dell Inc. BIOS Version A06 BIOS Date 06-23-08 Windows Version Microsoft® Windows Vista&#848... Read more

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I'm new to the concept of RAID

I have a Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R motherboard, with Vista x64 and 8Gb of RAM.

I have 4 x 1.5 TB Seagate Disks and have the following questions before implementing it:

1) I intend to stripe them over the 4 disks resulting in one 6TB volume - Where is the block information stored about which block is on which disk ?
2) If I format my Windows disk, which is a seperate 200Gb disk - will all this RAID information be lost ?
3) If I take these 4 disks and plug it into a new motherboard with the same version of Vista x64, will all data be lost or will the new windows also see it as 1 x 6Tb volume ?
4) Is there other RAID software which will allow me to rather implement Raid5+1, or does VIsta have the required software already installed ?
5) This Gigabyte motherboard does offer RAID in its Bios - is it better to use the Motherboard RAID setup, or to RAID using Vista ? Everytime I enable RAID in the bios, I get A BSOD on the crcdisk.sys errors, and seen a lot of threads about this, which seems to be better to use software RAID - I think this is what Vista x64 provides
6) Any benefit in Using Windows7-64 rather than Vista X64 for this ?

Any ideas/suggestions/feedback much appreciated

A:Raid config and setup questions - Vista X64

I managed to resolve my crcdisk.sys Blue screen of death by implementing the workaround from the below microsoft note:
Motherboard - Gigabyte
O/S - Vista x64 8Gb RAM SP2
CPU - 2.4Ghz Quad Core Intel

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I connected one SATA drive and installed OS XP Pro, I then disconnected that HDD, connected the #2 SATA HDD formatted it so I could copy from #1. Then I connected the the (2) HDDs. However, when I connected the (2) it only recognizes the 1 drive and tells me, (obviously) that I cannot creat Raid 0 with 1 drive. I must be missing a step. Please help.

A:Installing SATA HDDsin Raid 0 config.

I too am having a similar problem installing RAID.
I have had this computer running with 1 ATA hard drive for several weeks. I am running Win 2K. Today I installed 2 Hitachi SATA drives. I disconnected the ATA drive.
In the BIOS I created a striped RAID configuration.
When I try to install Windows 2000 Pro I get; "SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DISK DRIVES ON YOUR COMPUTER".

I powered down & re-connected the ATA drive and rebooted.
Under disk management the Create a Volume Wizard popped up under volume type I Have:
O Simple Volume
O Spanned Volume (Greyed Out)
O Striped Volume (Greyed Out)

Any help will be appreciated.

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i had a raid 0 striping configuration that i didn't want. i removed it by disabling the raid option in the bios facility. I went to reboot and it came to load and said a disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart. i inserted my win xp pro 32bit cd. restarted and started to do the windows setup.
now my two harddrives are SATA 1 and they are both 160Gb Hitachi deskstars. it came to the sorting out of the drives and partitions but both hdds appear as 131gb harddrives instead of 164gb which it says in the bios.

why does it only show up as 130gb?
will i have to update my bios now that i have formated and all that? never had to deal with raid or sata before so am kinda noob with this...

edit: the setup was copyiing files after the format and reboot and it said there was an error, cyclic redundancy or something. so i have started to install xp home edition because that is what i got with the computer. do i have to install third party scsi or raid drivers even if i don't use raid config? and also should i install a driver for amd processors because i have never had an amd before either... thanks

A:Removed RAID 0 config and hdd size reduced

You need the third party drivers for SATA. 130MB is a well-known hard disk size limitation - the drivers should help you around that.

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My PC came with a Raid 0 hard drive configuration. I have the main drive (C) cloned to a third drive (F) with Acronis software.
I suspect one of the Raid drives is failing. Realizing all data on the aray will be lost if I lose a drive in the aray, what is my best course of action?

A:Changing a Raid 0 Hard drive config.

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Hi Guys,

Just wondering if it is possible to recover data off two failed HDD that are in a RAID0 configuration??

How hard would it be?


A:Recovering Data Off Failed HDD's in RAID Config

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Asus 8N SLI Deluxe on Win XP
I have deleted and recreated a 2 sata disk Raid 0 array using the bios Silicon Image Raid. I would like to restore Windows XP to a working condition.
No hardware problem, and I believe that no data on the two drives has been lost or written to, just the raid setup has been changed.

Can anyone with similar experience advise the best route to getting Win XP back up and running?


More Background
1. I used Raid 0 because that was the way the pc builder set it up "for speed" and from experience I believe it is faster
2. After four or more years I became concerned that one of the hard drives would die - and not understanding RAID I considered moving to a single disk.
I backed up email, documents pics and bought a large new internal sata drive (750GB) and plugged it in. Then came the problem. I had nudged one of the two sata drives power out - and I spent the next 30 min trying to figure out what happened. In the process deleting the existing raid configuration (but I believe not the data). I finally realised power was out to one of Raid 0 drives, plugged it back in, unplugged 750GB drive and created raid 0 set.
I then unplugged two raid 0 drives and rebuilt Win XP on the 750GB.
3. Reading to date suggests that just the initial master boot record has been affected

Do I understand Raid 0?
Roughly. From what I have read I believe that only the MBR will have been affected by my actions - so thought possible to... Read more

A:Recovery of Silicon Image Raid 0 Array Config

IF the OS is intact, then the Raid drivers are there still. The Raid structure rebuild shouldn't have changed any software.

Have you just tried booting with the Raid 0 set in place as originally?

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Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-K8NS Pro nforce3 250 board
AMD 754 2800+
1.1 gb ddr - sdram
Nvidia Gforce 6600
WIN XP pro sp2
I do have IDE RAID support.

I just installed a 2nd hard drive and am trying to set up a RAID 1 array. The new drive is formatted and blank and the other has all my data on it.

They are both WD 120gb with 8MB cache. I'm not even sure what to set the jumpers to. The drive with data is connected to IDE 1, CDROM as slave to IDE 2, and new blank drive to IDE 3.

Windows recognizes the drive and has installed it and they are named as 1. (drive w/ data)WDC WD1200JB-00GVA0 2. (formatted blank drive) ITE DISK ARRAY 0 SCSI DISK DEVICE.

However when I boot, the bios does not recognize the drive. It shows IDE channel 0 MASTER as the drive with data and channel 1 slave as CDROM, the rest say NONE.

When the GigaRAID boots it only recognizes drive 0 ( DETECTED) and drive 1,2, and 3 say NOT DETECTED and a message appears that says " NO DISK RESERVED FOR RAID USE, RAID DISABLED".

I have made sure that RAID was enabled in BIOS and even tried enabling
and disabling drive 1 MASTER RAID in BIOS with no success.

Will I have to reformat both drives and then re-install windows or can I set this up as I have it.
This is my first time doing this & any help would be greatly appreciated!!


A:Solved: how do I set up a RAID 1 config on my GA-K8NS Pro nforce3 250 board

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My computer's powersupply died and when I tried to replace it my keyboard and mouse stopped functioning. Thought it may have been a corrupted OS (WMC SP2) so I tried to recover per this thread Howard referred me to (this thread. The long and short of the results can be found at this one.

I need help - DESPERATELY - to find a way that I can recover some data (about 2000 pictures - hunnymoon [sic], pets, family gatherings, etc) that I should have backed but did not. I have recovered data before from ide/eide/ata drives but never any configured for RAID x.

Anyone out there that can help and would be willing to walk me through?

I have taught myself all I know about computers in the last 4 years and pick it up fairly quick, having good working knowledge of 98, ME evil: ), XP (all flavors), and am working with a fairly new Vista machine, will open the box to install/remove anything, and will listen and follow directions carefully (this sounds like a singles ad doesn't it?). I said all this to encourage anyone out there who may want to help but does not have the time or inclination to lay significant groundwork in solving what - I hope - is a relatively simple problem.

Hopeful Chad

A:How can I recover data from 2 250GB SATA config RAID 0?

See if this helps:

Good luck

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Can someone point me to documentation that will explain how to change my current raid 0 config. back to a 2 drives. (ie C: and D: I don't know if it is a hardware or software function or both.

A:Changing Raid 0 config back to 2 hard drives

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I have computer with four SATA drives that were previously set up with a RAID 10 configuration. The computer has a solid state drive as Drive C. Whoever installed the solid state drive rendered the RAID virtual drive unusable. I wonder if the BIOS will not support a RAID array with a solid state drive(?).

Nevertheless, I need to use the SATA drives for additonal data storage, but have not been able to change the BIOS to make them available. I was successful in clearing the RAID configuration, but the drives are still not accessible as individual drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.


A:iNeed help clearing RAID config to allow use of individual drives.

Most likely, these drives are attached to a hardware RAID controller. When you start the computer, right after POST, it will quickly ask if you want to boot into the RAID control panel, maybe by pressing CTRL+S or some other key combo before booting into Windows. Once you are in the RAID control panel, you can make adjustments to the RAID array, you can break it to make all the drives available, or reset it as RAID 10 again.

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When replacing a hard drive in a laptop, specifically the Panasonic Toughbook CF-61, do I have to use the same exact one that was in it? (Toshiba HDD2612/MK2720FC)

My laptop got chucked across the living room and the hard drive is now inoperable.

Thanks in advance!

A:Relacing hard drive in Panasonic Toughbook CF-61


Well I guess it wasn't tough enough!

Unless there is something proprietary on the Drive I do not see why you would. To be safe check either with Toshiba, or the HD vendor of choice to see if the new drive you select is compatible.

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I am running windows xp professional. I have two hard drives plugged into a PCI-IDECMD0680R-2 IDE Card, setup on RAID Mirrored set.

On boot up I get Drive Number: 0 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Drive Number: 2 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Set: 1 <0> (2) SiI Mirrored Set <PM> 78532MB

The next pop up text reads: Incomplete Raid set ! Please press F3 to enter Raid Utility.

If I do not hit F3 and let the computer continue to boot the next error message I get is Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system

Now let me tell you what I have done to try and diagnose this problem. I tried to run UBCD hard drive test on both drives while hooked up to the IDE card but the drives do not recognize. What i did next is unplugged the drives from the IDE card and plugged them into the main ide controller one at a time on the system board. Both drives recognize and hard drive test passed. Also the computer will boot into windows with no problems when the drives are plugged into the main IDE controller on the system board. So, I think my drives are good but I just need help getting raid set back up without loosing my data. Thanks and I look forward to any help!

A:On boot up Incomplete RAID Set - Missing or Corrupt Windows\System32\Config\System

hiya,go here could be

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Due to age limited facilities I regularly post CAPS.. marvel at features now available for umpteen retro changes and languages but not it seems merely correction of this? so I understand.. If so? shows how limited technology actually is! AND who would not want updates by email?

A:rELACING Accident post CAPITALS With lower case

On the "Age" thing, don't even go there we have members in their 90's who get shot down in flames for calling the "Age" Card. I'm just 71 and, more than likely, there's a 17 year old reading this.
Unfortunately, in this Forum, once you've hit the "Post" button. That's what you've get, unless you grovel to FE and he makes the change with his Silver Mouse. But don't press your luck, he might weaken the once, but is unlikely to weaken a second time!
The technology is available but using it makes for sloppy composition and allows people to Post one thing and then change it, after others have replied, which might make them look stupid, which few of us admit too. Amateur - Yes, Enthusiasts - Yes, but Stupid - No. Unless you think that trying to help some damn-fool whose just done something unfortunate, is stupid.

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I came to this forum for help after searching internet with not help.
My aim was to lunch Kodi on booting my pc, so I found this program which I installed, it works fine, but I wish to temporarily disable the shell or perhaps boot to window to perform other task then reactive the shell. I have tried everything suggested on the Game site but fail to regenerate Wins7; this is very frustrating as need important info inside my pc.
Please help I am running MAD, wife and kids needs their documents

Here is the link to installer shell
Instant sheller and shelling guide | GameEx

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Guys pls dont leave me hanging, this forum is my last hope, let me know if additional info is needed to assist with solution.
I have been playing around, so when press Crt&Arl&Del I can see task manager, but from here nothing seems obvious except for the usual task manager screen and very difficult to navigate coz the mouse seems not to be working, except for shift key,
also I could get into bios, just stearing at the screen affraid of even change any setting with fare it might mess things further.
Although the only screen I can see is Kodi when I turn on the pc each .

Pls help!!!!!!!!!


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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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Hardware Information: Huracan's MSI Gaming Notebook

Windows is used a few times a week.

A:[Staff Config] Huracan's 2016 Config

Yet again with simple and effective config by our Admin.. Bookmarked!

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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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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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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



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 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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Don't change very much but I cannot seem to locate my old config so here is an updated version.
I have been giving Heimdal Pro a go for a while and have not used ESS 9 since 11/15 cumulative update.

A:[Staff Config] exterminator20 Config (Old one MIA)

Just wondering, why you not use ZAM as on-demand scanner?

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Set up to be secure, yet usable for all my applications.

A:[Staff Config] illuminations Config

illumination said:

This is my light, yet very effective config. If my defenses fail me, i always have my back up's as well as my tool kit via USB..Click to expand...

an old priest said " you will reach Heaven when you will see the light"

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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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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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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 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 dice...any ideas?

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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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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 active@ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 replaced my 2 aging 250GB drives in my RAID mirror with newer ones. The problem now is that even after formatting one of the old drives for a new OS, is still boots as if it is connected to the Intel RAID mananger, showing that the RAID is degraded and this is on a different computer. How do I remove the RAID info from the drive?

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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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Hello All

I have 2 500Gb SATA Seagate disks in a Raid 0 (stripe) configuration running VISTA. Was running like this for a while and then installed another 250Gb SATA Seagate drive.

My raid controller recognized this disk as a non-raid disk and I could see it was using port 2 on my raid controller (port 0 and 1 were being used by the 500Gb disks). I then preceeded to install XP on the non-raid disk (had to use F6 to install raid software while doing this install). Xp installed fine and I can access the RAID-0 disk while in XP. The problem is I cannot boot into VISTA again.

I tried playing with BOOT.ini but cant get it to recognise the RAID-0 disk as bootable. Please help!

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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 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... Here is the first link ab... Read more

A:No disk reserved for RAID use, RAID disabled.

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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 the 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. 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. (As soon as I post 5 post I will post it...) Try googling "Roasted RAID Controller" - that is the title.

Here is the link... Here is the first link about someone having the same problem as me.

Fortunately I have another cooler fan that works and have plugged it in my comp and it runs now, also if I let the computer sit the drive is recognizable but will not boot. I have an older computer I am using with a usb connector that has a power supply and multiconnec... Read more

A:No disk reserved for RAID use, RAID disabled

I waited for the computer to cool, installed the drive, and it recognized it. I immediately ran the diagnostic tests, the HDD passed the first test but not the Boot test. The computer said to restart the computer and press F8 key repeatedly for repair. I will try it again once the computer cools down, the next time I restarted it did not recognize the drive.

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hi, I want to buy two new HDD for my RAID 1 (mirror) in desktop to store my data. i have onboard RAID (ASrock H77M) but also contemplate to use the windows raid on other SATa ports (in case I want two Raid-1). size would be 3 TB or so. this is to keep data until i backup or for the backup (mirroring gives me some added safety)

I want Hitachi for the better reliability (I have WD and happy with them, but it seems Hitachis is a tad better). also want 7200 rpm.

I noticed newegg mainly sells the NAS version of the Deskstar. I read all about the 7-second timeout for NAS drives and how a RAId would drop a normal desktop HDD etc. so normally for a desktop i woudl buy the non-NAS version (which are barely available).

On the other hand the RAId 1 (on-board and windows) may benefit from the NAS version? Or am I overthinking this for RAID 1? Is the NAS version slower? Price-wise it seems more to depend on where to buy them. I don't mind spending $10 or $20 more for the right HDD while i weigh reliability higher than speed.

Currently I have two 750 GB WD Black Caviar in RAID 1 and a WD green as backup (which is terribly slow... never buy a green drive!). My OS (w7 Pro 64) is on a Samsung SSD. So speed is secondary, but I do weekly virsuscan of all my data etc, and noticed the Green drive takes half a day.So i definitely don't want a slow HDD. My case has front fans for the HDD.

What's the advice? The more I read about NAS, the more my head spins and it seems at some point all HDD... Read more

A:NAS or desktop HDD for RAID 1 (or windows software raid)

Hey there HerrKaLeun!

I can see you're a bit confused about the drives and NAS requirements. But it's a good thing you're looking into details to understand better. Let me see if I can help you clear things a bit.

The NAS environments are very tough. Regular drives used in RAID/NAS systems can get damaged, destroyed and corrupted really fast because they aren't designed with the "defences" that NAS/RAID hard drives have.

NAS/RAID drives are equipped with technology protecting them from the higher temperatures and constant vibrations, gives them 24/7 reliability, they're tested for longer hours to endure in a harsher environment, all to protect the information you store better.

Some NAS/RAID drives are for smaller NAS systems like the WD Red, others are for larger NAS systems like the WD Red Pro and for large enterprise systems like the WD RE. The "smaller system" drives can't handle larger NASes than the ones they're designed for (e.g. 2-4 bay system is a small NAS), but the "larger system" drives can handle small NASes (e.g. 6-8 bay system is a large NAS); in most cases enterprise NAS/RAID drives are the ones with bigger and safer works.

These reasons are why you should consider a specialized drive for NAS and RAID rather than an usual desktop drive.

The MTBF means Mean Time Between Failure, and is typical to be characterized for such NAS/RAID drives, usually in hours which usually sum up at around 1 mil.

Whether you'll choose a WD, ... Read more

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Hey guys,

I have another idea for a general discussion based on one project I have taken on at work.

Each department at my work has their own budget for expansion, IT needs, etc.. So I have one workgroup which uses a NT4 Server which greatly needed more storage space. They currently have a SCSI array, and when confronted with the cost of expanding the SCSI enviroment all hopes were lost. Quite simply too expensive.

So.. not to cut my depeartment workers short of thier needs, I quickly set out to find another solution. I stumbled upon an IDE ATA 133 RAID controller card. After doing the math, I figured I could give the department 40gigs of mirrored storage (40 x 2) for less than the cost of a single 18.4gig SCSI HD (keep in mind you would need two of these).

I notice that the IDE RAID array does not read quite as fast, but being that this is only a workgroup server and not an enterprise server it is not really a problem.

I have been playing with the IDE RAID array to test the rebuild capabilities, error detection and correction, flexibility, etc.. and the setup has passed with flying colors.

I would like to hear about anyones expiriences with this type of setup, or thoughts.

I'd also like to find out what the actual difference in read time is between SCSI and ATA 100 / ATA 133 arrays.

Let me know what you think.. Want a link to an IDE RAID Controller Card? Only $40! Controlls 4 IDE devices!
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A:General Discussion: IDE RAID vs. SCSI RAID

IDE raid is an attractive option for folks not needing the high-end capabilities of SCSI drives, and speeds are certainly getting better with IDE drives, though not nearly as fast at 15K RPM Ultra-320 SCSI drives. One thing that will improve your array, add one more drive. You'll get the RAID redundancy, but much faster access, reading and writing. With mirroring, writing is actually slower than a single drive, and reading is basically a single drive. With RAID-5, requiring at least three drives, reading and writing will be faster than a single drive.

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I have been doing research on purchasing 4-bay+ external RAID enclosure for myself. I have done research on software vs. hardware raids for this system, but one question still eludes me; so I am going to ask it here directly.

If I buy software RAID enclosure I will have to use some included software to set-up my raid. So, if I take my enclosure to another PC and plug it in (let's say eSATA) I will not be able to read the data, correct? If I get true hardware raid, the raid set up will be on the build in controller so I will be able to take the enclosure from computer to computer, right?

And since TS has new poll feature lets try it out...

A:Hardware vs. software RAID on 4-bay+ RAID enclosure

Regardless of whether you use software or hardware RAID, the enclosure will work whatever you plug it into. The only thing that might not work is connecting an individual disk (used as part of the array) into a device. It all depends on whether the device in question can read the controller used for the RAID set up.

For example, I ran with RAID 1 for two 2TB hard drives in my PC, but I can connect one of them to the same device as a non-RAID disk -- which I successfully did when the RAID broke down for an unexplained reason.

However, it is unlikely to work in a computer, and you should approach it as not working at all in anything but the RAID enclosure. It's also worth pointing out that splitting RAID disks in such a way could corrupt the data. Given that pretty much every decent RAID enclosure worth its salt will include gigabit ethernet at the size you're looking for, availability shouldn't be an issue across your LAN.

Hardware-based RAID arrays are also more reliable in operation, and have the extra benefit of being recoverable in a controller failure by replacing it with the same version as before. Software RAID's are less reliable, slower performing and in the event of a controller failure can be difficult to bring back online.

Basically, when it comes to RAID arrays, don't skimp on cost. The better the quality/controllers the more reliable and better performing it will be.

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I have tried to find the way to do this, but without success as I cannot see the wood for the trees. Any help or URL would be welcome.

I have a mature W7 system, with so many applications loaded that rebuilding from scratch is just not an option. I have a 300MB Velociraptor wholly given over to the OS and another empty 300MB VR. I want to extend, that may not be the right word, my OS to use both disks in Raid 0.

A:Converting to Raid 0 Windows 7, NOT Hardware Raid 0

sorry, a mistake, duplication

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OK, I was using one Vertex 120 as my Windows 7 C: drive and bought another to take advantage of RAID0 performance. Did a system image backup of the C: drive to my 1TB D: drive, installed the 2nd Vertex 120 (both are FW 1.5), enabled RAID in BIOS and created a RAID0 in the Intel RAID launch program. Then did an image restore to the new RAID0 C: drive. And... it won't boot -- hangs about 1 second into the "fireflies" in the boot process. It must be the boot.ini doesn't like the RAID0 config when it was backed up as a AHCI drive. Windows 7 repair fails. How do I gain access to the boot.ini file? Or is it the boot.ini file?

I should add that it does boot from a clean Win7 install, just not the image restore from the single AHCI Vertex.


A:Cannot boot from non-RAID image restored to RAID SSD

You need to get the raid drivers into the o/s you just restored.

The only way I can think of to do that is with Paragon Adaptive restore - select P2P adjust o/s ,select the o/s to adjust, select upload drivers, browse to the .inf - give it a few secs to load , next, Apply, and it's done.

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I need some advice on a hardware/software issue. The basics: I have Win 7 Pro 64 bit installed on an ASUS P7P55D LE motherboard which supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10 using Intel Matrix Storage Technology through an on board Intel P55 chip set. The system was assembled in Nov 2009 using two Western Digital Caviar Black 750Gb drives in RAID 1 as Drive C:\. (I now know from Western Digital Customer Service that I shouldn’t have done that, but let’s move on from there). Last December, an error message informed me the RAID array was broken and identified one of the 750 Mb drives as needing replacement. I happened to have a spare 1.5Tb WD Caviar Black at the time, so I pulled the 750Mb drive and replaced it with the 1.5Tb drive. Life was once again ‘good’. Then on July 4th (wouldn’t you know) there was a repeat of the December 2011 error message telling me to replace the other original 750Gb drive. Okay so I had another 1.5Tb WD Caviar Black laying around (please don’t ask) and did a similar swap out. That’s when I emailed WD Customer Support asking about the 750 since their diagnostic software said the drives were fine. That’s when I learned that I should be paying lots more for enterprise quality drives if I want/need RAID. Well that’s not what ASUS says in their advertising, but live and learn. All that’s prologue, because my real question is whether it’s possible to break the hardware-based RAID 1 array and set up a W... Read more

A:Hardware RAID 1 to Windows 7 RAID 1

You might be able to break it if it is truly RAID1, but I would think you'd need to run a repair to get it booting again. But, we can back up a step. Why bother with RAID at all? It's wasted on a single user desktop, especially for mirroring. It isn't a good backup method, so why use it?

If it was my system, I'd run one drive internally, cut into C and D partitions, then stick the other drive in an external housing to use as a backup drive. No need to overcomplicate a system setup, and no need to mess with dynamic drives.

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Hi -

"Autoruns" tells me that several drivers labelled "RAID" are getting loaded on boot/login (marked yellow in the image), but my disks are NOT RAID, just regular SATA and NTFS. Similar question for the multiple USB drivers...? (Win7, 32 bit)

Do I need them, or can I remove them from the startups?


A:RAID drivers but disks are NOT RAID - do I need them?


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I've searched around and found many threads on converting from non-Raid to RAID however, little on the process of going the other way. If you know a thread, please pass it along.

I have a system image from the Raid 0 system on a single disk. However, it appears if I set the SATA configuration in BIOS as AHCI or IDE the system will not boot. It appears that leaving the SATA configuration in RAID mode allows the system to boot, even if the main drives are not configured as RAID.

Is there any down-side to leaving the SATA controller configured as RAID? The Intel RAID manager comes up during boot and reports the two disks as non-RAID.

Am I stuck having to leave that mode set (other than doing a full rebuild of the system and all applications)?

This is all on Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you,


A:Converting from RAID 0 to non-RAID SATA

Generally speaking, switching from non-RAID to RAID 0 involves a complete data wipe on the drives you want to set up in RAID to allow the RAID controller to construct a RAID array with whatever drives. I am not sure if that would be the case for the reverse process, but I have a feeling it probably has the same effect. Especially if you decided to delete the array.

In either case, I would make sure you have a complete backup of any and all files you want to save before attempting anything.

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For Trim to work in RAID 0 Intel states with the latest IRST Drivers they provide, also provide by Lenovo, an up-to-date Intel RAID ROM or EFI RAID "SataDriver" from v11 up needs to be present within the BIOS. My questions is does my Lenovo P70 with the latest 2.03 BIOS, have this Intel RAID ROM or EFI RAID "SataDriver" from v11 up ? I would really like to know if Trim is working since I run RAID 0. If not I would request Lenovo update the BIOS so folks like me who run RAID 0 get Trim enabled.

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hi to all... Ive just bought a hotway 4x raid hdd enclosure... before buying this... i know nothing about raid.. and all ive wanted was just a harddisk enclosure that can stack up all my harddisk into 1 usb and 1 power supply... but then the salesmn told me that this is a raid enclosure which will help u backup your files and you can turn it off as well (which i actually dont need to backup)..

but after ive bought it.. i only learn what raid really is... studying all those raid 0,1,3,5,10 and i dont wanna combine all my harddisk into 1 harddisk... especially when my harddisk is all with data inside.. even that ive switch it to single mode.. it detect my harddisk as empty or unallocated... and of course i didnt perform format and plug it back to my desktop and everything was still there...

so is there anyone that can help or tell me how do i set it up as just a normal non raid harddisk so that it will show up as several harddisk in my computer with all my data inside instead of 1 drive or unallocated?

help will be appreciated...

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A:possible to turn a raid enclosure to non raid?

ive just bought a hotway 4x raid hdd enclosure... but i know nothing about raid before this.. all i wanted was just a harddisk case that could stack up all my harddisk into 1 with 1 usb and 1 power plug while in my computer still show up as seperate drive...

the salesman though explained to me that raid is a backup function and i can turn it off if i don need it... but after ive bought it.. then i only learned what raid is... and i don want all my harddisk to combine into 1... eventhough i turn it to single mode... it detect my harddisk as empty or unallocated... i don want that as i still have data inside...

so how to or is it possible to use this raid enclosure as a non raid while my computer can show all my harddrive as individual without formatting it?

help is much appreciated...

Hotway HFR2-SU3S2FW HDD Enclosure - Black (13-HW-HFR2-SU3S2FW) | Techbuy Australia

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Hello everybody, i've bought just a few days ago a LENOVO Beacon NAS System with 2 x 1TB HDD.Now i want to use it in RAID 1 mode to have my data backed up.How can i know that i have activated RAID1 and my NAS System is not running in RAID0 mode? And if it is in RAID0 how can i change it to RAID1. I would appreciate any support because i can't find so much information about the Beacon NAS System till now. Yours,fcmal

A:how to check if raid 0 or raid 1 is activated?

you must click on raid management and wait for while  it shows up the you can see it in raid level will be number 1 or 0 or jbod 

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Hi, I'm new user on this forum, but have used it for help in the past.

I'm trying to set up 2 Raid1 arrays using 2 Promise FastTrack TX2300 cards in PCI slots 3 & 4. My problem is the system sees both cards on initial boot, but as soon as I set up the first array, it then won't allow me to set up the second array on the second card, it just goes on trying to boot the operating system.

I assume that the system is finding the cards, but once it sees the array set up on the first card, it doesn't bother to look at the next card.

So how do I go about getting the system to see both cards so that I can setup 2 Raid1's?

Hope I've explained that properly.

Thanks for any help.

A:Setting up Raid with 2 Raid cards

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Hello i have bought new PC and i need RAID 0 i want to buy 4 HDDs @ 250gb but i am not sure about performance, i mean i doubt RAID controller can support 500mB/s bandwith. Can anyone help me to chose 2xRAID 0(2x250gb) or 1xRAID 0(4x250gb)


raid-0 can be a disaster without a good backup plan.

If at all possible, go with a raid 10; thats a Mirror over a set of Stripes.
At least you get a chance to react without the immediate disaster of a full system restore.

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I have a couple questions as I?m fairly new to setting up a raid with a more serious card (Promise Fastrak SX4-M vs. Intel ICH5R). I have a three drive setup (3x Seagate Barracuda 160GB) and my operating system is going on it. I never really paid too much attention to it until now. The promise gives me the option of a 16, 32 and 64k ?stripe block?. I formatted it with a 64k stripe size and ran HDTach which gave me an average of like 110mb/sec. I felt it was a little slow as I have a 400gb (Seagate Barracuda) achieving close to 70mb/sec so I went back to see if I configured anything improperly but I don?t think I did as the promise does not offer many options (stripe block: 16, 32 or 64; Fast Init: Y/N). Also, the drives are detected as 159999mb x 3 = 479997. In windows it appears as a 444GB drive in My Computer and when you right click and select properties for the drive, it shows up as a drive with a capacity of 477 as opposed to 479? On my Intel raid, when I had just two drives, it would show up as 320 (2x 160) for the capacity.

Cliffs (Questions):
Should my 3 drive raid 0 configuration be faster than 110mb/sec; Are more drives in a raid 0 environment better for speed?
How do I interpret the 16, 32, and 64 ?stripe block? options the card gives me and where should I set it for OS use?
How do I explain the loss of space as explained above?

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A:Calling all Raid 0 Gurus: I need raid 0 help

Why is everyone asking for gurus?
Let me give you a good piece of advice - never trust a guy who says he is a guru or knows everything about something.

I have never operated a RAID0 array in my life, but I can still try to answer your questions.

That RAID card is PCI, isn't it? No, you won't be getting much more speed out of the thing. PCI bus has a max transfer rate of <130MB/s and that is only theoretical. I'd guess your 110MB/s is the limit for you.

Stripe size tells you by how big chunks the data is spread across the disks. 16KB means that first 16KB of your data goes on the first disk, next 16KB on the second, next 16KB on the third and the next 16KB on the first again.

For single-tasking systems smaller stripe size is better because it distributes your single-process HD access to as many disks as possible giving you the best response times. For (very) multi-tasking systems bigger stripe size is better because one disk request would only use part of the array, leaving the rest of the drives free to serve some other request.

The drive size numbers differing is probably a combination of the 1000/1024 issue, rounding errors, RAID housekeeping (the RAID controller may keep information about the array on the disks) and filesystem overhead.

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I have a MSI K8N Neo2 Nforce3 mobo. It has 4 SATA ports on it.

Right now I have 2 SATA Western Digital 40gig HD's on SATA 1 and 2 ports in a RAID-0 configuration.

I want more disk space so I just purchased a SATA Seagate Barracuda 72000.10 320gig HD. Can I just plug it into SATA port 3 and run with it? I don't want it on the RAID. I just want it as a HD to put pictures and crap that don't need to be on the RAID. I mostly want to use the RAID for games and my OS.

A:RAID drives + non raid drive..possible?

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A related question...what if I want to clone a raid 1 OS partition to a PATA harddrive on the same system...will the raid drivers through a monkey wrench into the works?

A:Move RAID boot to non-RAID

seekermeister said:

A related question...what if I want to clone a raid 1 OS partition to a PATA harddrive on the same system...will the raid drivers through a monkey wrench into the works?Click to expand...

No, that should be a problem at all.

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I'm really hoping there are some hardware gurus here that can help me with this. I've searched to the ends of the "www" (well, it feels that way anyhow) and have found no conclusive answer to this question:

If I have a machine with XP installed on RAID-0, can I add a 3rd, non-Raid drive to an available SATA port, install Win7 on this single drive and then be able to boot from either the XP-RAID or Win7-SATA?

A:Dual boot with Raid + non-Raid

Hello hines57, welcome to Seven Forums!

The method in the info below would be the best way to go about it; just be sure to reconnect the SATA cables for the RAID into the original port.


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.

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I just received my new P70 (20ER-CT01WW).  This is a $2,400 laptop.  I ordered it with the minimum hard drive possible (500gb rotating).  This is because Lenovo is charging nearly $500 for the M.2 512GB SSDs.  I purchased two Samsung 950 PRO 512GB units for just under $600.  My intent is to stripe (RAID 0) these two drives as my boot drive.  However, after receiving my laptop and installing the M.2 drives, i booted into the BIOS only to discover that the RAID configuration is missing from the BIOS config menu. I called tech support and got bounced from tech support to software support to tech support to premium support and back to tech support (this took almost an hour and a half).  The end result of this phone call was kicking this up to level 2 tech support with a call back in 24 to 72 hours (i don't know what happened to 24 hour premium service). Lenovo does not advertise that you MUST purchase the raid drives from Lenovo if you want to use RAID.  They advertise the support of RAID on this laptop on both the M.2 drives and the 2.5" drives (with the optical drive adapter). NOWHERE does any advertising or specifications say that only the factory can enable the RAID capabilities.  By the way I believe this also applies to enabling ECC with the appropriate SODIMMs. This looks to me like deceptive advertising. I purchased this laptop for all of it's capabilities.   I believe that I have been ch... Read more

A:Enabling RAID on P70 ordered without RAID

The only way to currently have either RAID 0/1 enabled is to have it configured at the time of manufacture. There has been some tangential discussion of being able to enable RAID 0/1 by the end-user after delivery, but I haven't seen any further information to that effect. You do have a 30 day ability to return the unit for replacement through customer support. 

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Which is better: Software RAID 1 using Windows or Hardware RAID 1 using a RAID controller? Do either of them allow you to move the drive to another computer?

A:Hardware RAID vs Software RAID

I`m sure you`ve already Googled it, I`m just trying to pull up more info.

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I currently have 4 250gb HDD's and i am going to RAID them through RAID 0, although i am not sure whether i should use a RAID controller, or RAID them using the software in BIOS. I have found a RAID controller for $38 at my local tech store, it supports up to 4 SATA 2 (3gb/s) ports, which is what i need. Although, i am hesitant as to which would be faster, this RAID controller, or setting up RAID 0 through BIOS?

Thank you.

A:Hardware RAID vs Software RAID?

A $38 RAID card is likely no better, possibly even worse than the RAID offered by the motherboard, which would be considered firmware RAID, which at $38 the card is probably the same. A true high performance hardware RAID controller will cost hundreds of dollars.

But without exact model numbers it's hard to give a firm answer.

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I wonder if anybody help me out, my system is as follows:Computer Name: PC        Model: HP Z820 Workstation        Computer Type: Desktop        Manufactured by: Hewlett-Packard        Baseboard ID: 158B        Serial Number: CZC5022LX4        BIOS version: 3.90        Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70GHz (2 processors)        Enabled Processor Count: 48        Total Memory: 128 GB        Local Storage: 953.87 GB  (This comprises of 2 SSD drives each 500GB)        Graphics Card & Driver: Quadro K600 -- 369.09        Slots in use:         SLOT 2 (PCI Express Gen 3): Quadro K600        SLOT 7 (PCI): LSI 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller        Operating System: Windows 7 (64-bit)        Current Culture: en-US        Current Active Power Scheme: High performance (GUID {8c5e7fda-e... Read more

A:HP Z820 Workstation - To RAID or not to RAID

What can i expect performance wise.

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Just wondering if I reformat my Vista, will I still have my RAID-0 and stuff? (I know, it's a stupid question).

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Hello Gurus

Finally coming back here as i cant get help anywhere else for past 3 or 4 days i am trying to get a software raid to work but it is not happing and i am not getting anywhere.

What i am trying to do:
Simple i am trying to setup a Software Raid over file system with paid software called "FlexRAID"
because i am not able to find an alternative to this software i wanted to give it a try as it wont delete my data on drive that are already full

Screen Shots and error logs are available here
Install and setup FlexRAID Combo 1st Time and Need help pls

and description in very extreme details are in this forum
FlexRAID Data Protection ??? - Page 2

Finally orginal issue and why i am going with "FlexRAID" can be found here
Hard drive images are not showing up ?
So can someone please help me with "FlexRAID" issue

I am using Windows 7 x64bit Enterprise with 2 SSD on Hardware Raid 1
Thank you very much

A:Help with Software Raid: Raid over file system "FlexRAID"

Hello Never mind guys i am going to return my unit back and wait on this , i think i am going to be ok


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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.

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 0.32 MB 2009/08/11

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 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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At the moment my system is set up with a bootable 3 disk SATA RAID 5 array via the SIL3114 ports. I am trying to:

FIRSTLY add a new SATA hard disk to the Nforce4 SATA ports as a non-raid drive which I want to make the system's BOOT disk and make the existing RAID 5 array non-bootable.

SECONDLY add 2 new SATA drives in a RAID1 array via the NFORCE4 chip.
I have added the non-raid HD to the nforce4 sata ports and set the appropriate BIOS RAID setting for the single HD to disabled. This has enabled me to migrate boot files etc onto the new disk. I cannot however get the system to boot from this new non-RAID hard disk as it does not appear under the BIOS Hard disk boot setting - instead it boots with the Sil31114 SATA RAID 5 array. The only way to get the new hard disk onto the Hard disk boot list in the BIOS is to disable the BIOS IDE/SATA RAID setting completely. If I do this however it will not allow me to add a further RAID1 array to the nVRAID controller.


Thanks very much

Hardware: k8nxp-sli with nf4 and SIL 3114 controllers, 6600GT graphics, XP mce 2005

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I just bought another 160 gig SATA, and was considering setting up a RAID. However, I already have lots of data on the initial SATA drive. My question is, do you have to set up the raid at first install, before loading programs, etc, or can it be done at any time?


Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
Socket A ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe
1 gb OCZ (2 x 512) 3200 DDR RAM
160 gb SATA
XFX GeForce 6600gt
SoundBlaster Audigy 2: Gamer
Memorex CR-RW/DVD-RW
X-Dreamer II case

A:Solved: to raid or not to raid

you will have to scroll down to see the instructions

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My computer has a Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 motherboard. I recently got a virus which neccessitated my wiping the drives clean. Thats all I did to it. It was set up in RAID 1, two 70 gig drives . Now when I turn on the computer, the drives are listed , but it says no valid device. But it won,t let me into the RAID utility. I hit F4 and no response. I,m wondering if I can go to non RAID with this motherboard and if so how would I go about doing that ? Or if that is not possible , how would I go about re-establishing the RAID 1 configuration ? I really don't understand why wiping the drives clean would make it so hard to re-install windows. If anybody can help , it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Not sure if this is the right forum so please move if incorrect

Yesterday while powering off my computer it was doing the usual windows updates and my 5 year old grandson decided it would be fun to start pressing everything on the keyboard.
The result was that when I came to boot this morning it wouldn't go past initial boot and was going around in circles. Eventually after F12 it came up with "No Operating System found".

So finally the questions:When offered the choice of installing windows, will this overwrite my current install and therefore all my settings?
I am now being showed the following screen (see attachment), which option do I take and will it destroy any data on my drive? I do have a backup on my USB backup hard disk but at the moment my computer is not seeing this drive.
I do have some limited knowledge of PS's so go gentle with me.

Thanks in advance.


A:To Raid or not to Raid that is the question

Hi Mike,

Have you gone into the bios and had a look around? Specifically the boot order?
Maybe he accidentally changed the boot order and it is just trying to boot from one of your other drives that does not contain the operating system?


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im building a new system right now im not sure how i want to set up my hard drives for maximum performance, in multi-tasking/gaming. the main setup will be mobo5nsli cpu:core 2 duo e6600 memory:4gb ram videocard:7900gs in a antec nine hundred case. should i get a raptor just for my OS raid 0 for my programs and just a sata II for my storage or is that being excessive? would just be running a raid 5 be better for all of that? anyone got any suggestions?

A:raid no raid raptor help?

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Is it possible to add a non-raid disk alongside a RAID 1array? The server is a Fujitsu Primergy rx200. OS: Windows Server 2003. There are three disk slots, two are occupied as a RAID 1. Rather than rebuild array can we just add a third disk as non-raid?

A:Non-raid alongside RAID

A RAID array is seen as a "hard drive", as in just being a lump of space. It is most likely you'll get it running with RAID+single drive without even changing a single setting, and will most certainly make it work easily even if it does not work on the first go.

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I have a HP proliant server computer with two HDD configured in RAID 1. now i've added three more HDDs and i want to configure all the hdds in RAID 5 configuration. i'm using windows 2003 server. how do i convert from raid 1 to raid 5 without loosing my datas?

A:how to convert from RAID 1 to RAID 5?

What sort of a controller is it? Does it even support RAID5? Anyway, assuming that you have a decent true hardware HP brand RAID controller..

Open up the HP Array Configuration Utility (ACU). Select your controller, the array and the logical drive in question. Choose to Migrate RAID / Stripe Size. Select the RAID level you want. Apply changes.

I don't remember whether you have to assign unused drives to an array or does ACU do that automatically..

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If I get RAID language incorrect please correct me. I have a new RAID O computer 9 months old. (Two hard drives and the information is striped across both hard drives each 500GB. So the information is spread across both drives. I did not understand this when I bought it. Shortly therafter one of the Raid drives would read that an error occurred when I rebooted. Two months later the second RAID drive also says that an error has occurred. It is still bootable, so far, as they put the operating system in a separate partition.

1) I want to back up the RAID 0 system. (To a MyBook 1 T size)
2) I want to transfer the C drive (configured RAID 0) to a second new computer (with Raid 1 Mirror drive set up) They both have Vista Ultimate for OS.
3) After 1 and 2 I plan to make the first computer a RAID 1 also.

I have had several unsuccessful back up attempts and I think one successful one with Acronis True Image. I say, I think because it said that it was successful, but I had several failures with the same program that were aborted.

I have as other back up software: NovaStor Backup, Western Digital back up, Norton 360, Paragon, all of which were unsuccessful. Some stopped early on, while others worked until the last 3-5 minutes and they stopped. I want a "second successful backup", just in case and then successful transfer of the files to the new computer because when I turn the first computer into a RAID 0 system I will lose all of the data on those hard drives I am told. I... Read more

A:Backing up from Raid O to Raid 1

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Okay so I have a Dell XPS 8300. I have an SSD with windows on it and then 1 TB of Seagate HDDs as "slaves". The slave is (was) a RAID 0 setup. One of the HDDs was making a high pitch sound so I disable RAID using ctrl i and figured out which one. So, the problem is, now that I know which HDD it is, I reconnected the other good HDD so I could still have a 500 gb slave, but windows will not recognize the HDD. The BIOS does, but Windows does not. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Switching HDD from RAID to NON RAID

RAID 0 writes in stripes across the drives so if you remove 1, the volume is broken. You would have to make a copy of the contents of the "slaves" then either copy that to the single HDD or add another, set up the RAID and restore the backup.

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The problem is i have 2 30GB OCZ Vertex SSD's,, 30Gb just isnt enough space,,,
right now i set them up in a raid0 setting with a 64k striping and everythings working good
but after windows 7 install and updates and a couple smaller programs i only have like 14Gb free space,,,

i would really like to attach these two drives in a line if possible so that i have a 60Gb C:drive. After reading up on raid set ups and that,,,, i just can't seem to figure the best way to do this,,, I do only have the two drives and do NOT want to spend any more money on a 3rd drive to run a JBOD raid,, thinking i may just have to go with two separate drives one for win7 and one for storage but it would be so much cooler if i could stich them together as one 60gb drive.
Im not concerned with loosing data or anything as if one drive crashes i will just reinstall win 7 from a back up set or just do a fresh new install on which ever drive doesnt fail and deal with just having 30gb space.
Can anyone with raid experience let me know IF this is possible and if so HOW i set it up.

A:Raid set up Questions - How do i set up a raid with 2 SSD's

Still looking to do this, guessing that no one here has any ideas on this???,,, or i just hav'nt waited long enuff yet lol. I was hoping to do this asap since it is a computer im going to try and sell. Any help would be much appreciated!

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