Asus bios flash killed RAIDs, is recovery possible?
Posted on 2004-09-16
I have an ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe, and I just reflashed the bios to 1017. It was supposed to fix a problem with the boot order in the bios getting changed whenever you remove a PATA drive.
Now the machine won't boot because it no longer sees the RAID-0 array on the motherboard's Promise controller. I am going to reflash tonight. I am hoping that the flashing didn't make it so the only choice it to re-establish the arrays from scratch. The purpose of the RAID-1 PATA array for data was redundency & safety. If the array is that fragile, what a joke RAID-1 is! I can restore the C drive to an image I have and not lose too much, but the RAID-1 data I would lose a lot.
I have two Maxtor 250GB drives that were in this RAID-1 array. If reflashing doesn't bring back the arrays, what are options to recover data from the arrays? I have Stellar Phoenix drive recovery software. I never tried it on a RAID 1 mirror drive. That would be super-slow, I hope it doesn't come to that.
ASUS support just says it was a bad flash, no clues why. Must have been a bad download cuz everything went perfect by the book.