I hope someone can give me good news. I have a new ASUS a8v deluxe motherboard with a C drive (20GB) running Windows 98SE, a RAID (2 x 160GB) brand new drives running Win 2K SP4 and a storage drive 40GB no OS. I have 2 sticks of 512 MB brand name RAM, CDRW and floppy drive.
Last night 2000 SP4 was running really, really slowly and when I went to navigate the 'my computer' window it halted, flashlight came out for about a minute looking for drives and then finally it found everything. It got slower and slower until I had to shut down as it appeared to frozen.
This morning whether I boot into Win98 or 2000 it goes incredibly slowly and I can hear a new whirr whirr, pause, whirr whirr, pause that I've not heard before. It seems to be coming from a hard drive but I can't figure out which one by touching them. After trying to unplug the drive without an OS and not finding any change I tried rebooting again. I can still reboot into Win98 (at least get the flash screen to show and about every 3-4 minutes I can hear the drive chug as it starts to load the startup software) but when I try to boot into my RAID setup I get I/O error 1028 or 1024 or something like that.
I assume one of my RAID drives has puked. How can I confirm this? Will running the bootable CD that came with the hard drive be able to assess the drive even if it is still set up in a RAID setup?
How can I save the data from my RAID? by the way it is a Raid Strip 2+0 for performance.
If I take my blank drive, move it into the C drive position and install Windows 2000 SP4 I assume it will be able to see the data on the raid drive even if I don't try to boot from the raid drive right? (the file system on the RAID is NTFS so I can't see it from my Win98SE drive. I just need to copy a few things from it that aren't backed up previously.
I assume the motherboard is fine..is there a quick way to run a motherboard diagnostic?
What I don't understand is that if the RAID drive is bad, why does Win98SE move in incredible slow motion as it is trying to boot, and if the Windows 98SE C drive is bad, why does the RAID drive move in such slow motion? It makes me wonder if my IDE controller on the MOBO or drivers are bad.
Thanks for helping me through this mess.