I recently bought a new motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 (Rev 2.0). I've had two 80GB hard disks for about a year now, a Maxtor and a Hitachi Deskstar. I decided to back up my files, and set up RAID.
I backed up my files, and set about installing the RAID. This is what I did.
o Rebooted PC
o Entered RAID utility
o Set both HD as one stripe array
Both hard disks are detected succesfully, and I erase all data on the disks apparently.
Strange thing is, ANYTHING will only boot if I have redefined the RAID on that particular boot, or my Hitachi drive is not plugged in. If I did manage to get into Windows XP setup; I'd select the RAID drivers on my floppy. At a later stage it tells me that no hard disks are detected and I must exit.
The Hitachi Deskstar was my main system hard disk before trying to set up the RAID, and it worked perfectly. When I put the hard disk into a friends machine, their PC boots fine; but does not show the disk in Windows XP. At startup a balloon pops up and says 'installing hardware for...[drive]'.
My computer now has XP installed on my Maxtor disk, but will still not boot at all with the old drive.
How can I tell what's wrong with the disk, how can I fix it, how did it happen! There were no knocks, droppages or static incidents.
Hope this is clear, and that someone can help!