Okay as the title says we screwed up....yeah we said it. THANKFULLY, this isn't a mission critical system. It does have about 700 Gb's of data that we'd rather not lose though.
Okay the back story.
System BSOD'd and when reset decided that it just wasn’t going to work anymore. We just couldn’t get the system to POST. We have a bit of on-board diagnostic LED’s and we could see that it was doing most everything correctly. We suspected the Video card and had an advanced replacement sent out to us and put the card in; and got the SAME issue. Uh oh, we then removed all the add-in cards, leaving only power, motherboard, CPU, RAM, and the new Video card; SAME issue. Hrrrmm…Okay, we then try all sorts of combinations with the following and nothing we did got this quite unhappy system back on its feet:
2 Video cards
2 Power supplies
It wasn’t until we cut the RAM from 4 sticks to just 2 that we understood that our RAM had failed. We now have the system back up and running with just half the RAM while it’s being replace, but now we have a problem.
Our 4 storage drives that we’ve hooked up in RAID 5 we’re left in the case, and the board was removed while doing all this. We went to re-hookup all the drives and froze do to the fact that we hadn’t marked which drive went to what RAID port. Our question is: does it even matter or do they have to be hooked back up exactly? The last thing we want to do is hook the drives up, have the RAID get confused, and scrub the drives “clean”.
Any insight would be so very helpful.
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