Accessibility of RAID-1 array member
Posted on 2008-10-14
Hello to All,
Months ago i created a RAID-1 array using Intel's ICH9R SATA-RAID controller embedded in my Gigabyte motherboard running WinXP Pro.
The system worked fine for months until yesterday when the user experienced a hang and boot errors he tried to fix with CHKDSK... which he interrupted :( when he found it took too long!
I found the BIOS SATA RAID/AHCI mode setting to AHCI which gives me a hint he may have tampered with the setting as well! :(
The boot-time RAID configuration utility reported the array state as: VERIFY which i have never seen before and do not know what it means.
Now, WinXP has been caught in an endless boot-reboot loop. If I change the BIOS setting to RAID (which i believe is the correct one) WinXP displays immediately about the disk configuration not being correct and does not try to boot at all!
When i try to boot WinXP CD using F6 to supply the driver it recognized the disk but it says that it can not enumerate directory contents on C:, on the boot-time RAID utility the status now was Failed indicating that the second disk has failed. I tried to swap the disk with a new identical one but i was not able to get it to rebuild the array!
I am more interested in getting access to the data than making XP boot again!
(Not that making it boot again with everything on it OK, would make me unhappy :)
Being it a RAID-1 array i expect to be able to simply attach any surviving RAID-1 member drive to another system and it should be visible!
But when I attach ANY of the two disks on a working plain SATA WinXP machine, Disk Manager can not recognize anything on the drive - except that it has a partition (does not report the filefystem) on it and that it is healthy.
Questions (please answer quoting authoritative URL):
1) Can a RAID-1 array (created with this specific controller) member disk be accessed by another plain SATA controller or is it that the RAID controller has created proprietary structures that make the drive appear scrambled to a plain SATA conhtroller?
2) How can one instruct this controller to rebuild the array after a failed member is replaced?