SATA RAID 1 - wont rebuild
Posted on 2006-05-18
XP PRO, DFI motherboard, Nvidia Nforce RAID
I had someone install my system with two identical drives in RAID 1. I installed a lot of programs and have been using the pC for a month. Suddenly, it won't boot - corrupted system file...
Not beeing really experienced with RAID, I ended up physically switching cables and the second drive booted ok. However, now the raid controller warns of both array members as corrupted , plus windows explorer now sees the second drive as a new drive in the system.
I want to mirror them again withour losing any data but when I go to F10 - rebuild option, nothing happens ( maybe because it thinks both drives are corrupted.)
I tried thru Nvidia Mediashield in windows, but it locates TWO ARRAYS, one of them is the original with C D partitions, the other is the new drive with F G partitions. this last array has the option "exclude array " available. The first one doesn't.
for each array it states
---ST....( drive description)--- healthy --size ---channel ( primary or secondary)---master
so what do I do?
I am thinking of making a Norton Ghost image to a firewire external drive and then trying to rebuild. Is there a way to do this whithout losing data/ windows installation?
alternatively, can I rebuild from zero and then use the image to get my system back to previous stae without having to reinstall everything? (this was the point from the beginning...)