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How can I get this primitve Intel Matrix RAID software to actually see my 3 Hard disk as online memebers?

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I'm playing a game, and in the middle of it..... blackout  -> computer reboots!

Had a bad feeling about this!

Now the bios and computer at boot up detect the Hardisk as healthy, but for some reason, it now does not know it's RAID configuration and sees the 3 hard disks as offline members!

it has happen 1 year ago, but I at least, I had 2 healthy online members, and 1 was offline due to hardisk failiure.

Right now it just seems like the raid does not know it's configuration...

How can I bring this back to life?

By the way, the Intel Matrix Storage is part of and ASUS motherboard P5W DH Deluxe

why is that RAID controler so shaky? it defetes the purpose of RAID, if Hard Disks are good but controler is now blind and does not know they are and were part of a RAID5 with 3 HDs

Where is this raid information stored?

I can't even create a new RAID it sais that there is not space available, or delete it, as it sais it has no RAID.

Hope it makes some sense, and that someone out there has seen and fixed such a freeky situation.

I have a backup, from 2 weeks ago ;-(

but why Oh why does it do this and forget about the config?

any ideas?

Thanks

hope someone has something good

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by:Gerald Connolly
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Most RAID controllers allocate some of the disk space (a few MB's) for their own use - mainly config information, it sounds like the controller thinks there is a problem with the disks, what does the management software say? if you havent already look at this bit of software http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-020784.htm
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i would think your 3rd disk has problems; test it with the diag you need from :
    http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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well thanks for the comments guys, but I have fixed my problem!

I switched my 3rd disk sata cable to the 2nd disk and vis versa.

at bootup the computer saw it as healthy, and the members were now online

So right now it's backup time and rebuild time.

Scary stuff!
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So what made you swap the cables round?

Did something happen that you didnt tell us about?
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As the information and comments posted was not leading me anywhere helpfull to resolve this situation, I had to try something.

Switching the sata cable between the 3rd and 2nd hard disk did bing everything back "online" and from this point the RAID booted and started rebuilding.

that's it thanks for your help anyways.

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