How to recover from SATA raid 1 failure (Windows XP Pro)?

Posted on 2007-07-31
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have a Dell Precision 360 with hardware SATA raid 1.  My raid controller die for unknown reason.  How do I boot the XP Pro OS that I have on one of the hard drives without the raid controller?  I believe that raid 1 supposes to mirror the drives.  Appreciate your help.  
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    You will probably need to replace the raid controller - preferably with the exact model of your previous one. If this was an onboard one - then you may have to replace the motherboard.

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    I don't want to use Raid anymore in this PC.  Is it possible to connect one of the hard drives to a non-RAID SATA controller and boot the onboard XP OS from it?
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    The problem being - if you use the sata/pata controller with a raid configuration, then the OS will be reliant on the raid controller to boot successfully.

    However - you could try disabling the raid functionality in the cmos - and see if the drive will boot - as raid 1 is a mirror copy, then it may be possible to boot the hard disk by itself. You may have to run a fixmbr from Recovery Console first, though.
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    I hope that was of some help. Sorry that a more definite answer could not be found.

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