SATA RAID1 inaccessable after installing SiI3114 SATARAID5 drivers
Posted on 2006-05-03
I have 2 250GB SATA drives attached to the SiI3114 controller on an ASUS A8N SLI motherboard. Since I got the drives, they have been used as storage for pretty much everything and I've had no problem with them.
But, my OS drive cratered, so I installed Windows XP Pro on the array (which was already set to boot). F6 to install the SATA drivers and the install went just fine... Windows loaded up and I started installing drivers. Once I installed the drivers for the Silicone Image SATA RAID controller and rebooted, the array was no longer created in the RAID config (F4 during POST). Both drives are still detected, but the array was lost.
I immediatly removed both drives and set one asside and powered down the system, waiting on my replacement OS drive.
Yesterday, I got my replacement drive for my OS and setup to install be disconnecting everything but the new drive (and CD-ROM of course). Again, F6, Windows, drivers... I did NOT install the Silicone Image driver this time.
Everything was good so far... so I started the task of trying to get the original RAID1 detected in the fresh install of Windows. At best, I can get Windows to detect the drive (as a 'bare" unpartitioned space), ar worst, Windows does not detect it at all. I've tried using the free trial of EasyRecovery Pro when Windows XP does detect a drive, but it crashes on the "Advanced Recovery" step ?!
At this point I'm at a loss... I called DataRecovery.ca and got quoted between $700 and $1500... a bit out of my price range, LOL.
500 points to anyone that can come up with even a partial solution (so I can recover some of my digital photos)