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How to I repair my previously bootable RAID from non-RAID status?

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I have an Intel S3000AH server board which boots (ie, used to boot) Linux from 4 - 250GB SATA hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration. Drive 0 it turns out was bad, but was successfully cloned with a Deepspar Imager. All other drives are intact. I have attached a picture of what the built-in Intel Matrix Storage Manager is displaying on the screen - it's very confusing and I don't know what it means. I want to know what to do to get the RAID stack running (ie, booting up) again.
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press ctrl+i to enter configuration utility
look in the manual how to import the non-raid disk

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Hi, I searched the manual and there's nothing on the keyword "import". Is there a different term they use?
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maybe, can be rebuilding the array, or such
check also in how to troubleshoot problems
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or add a disk to the array ...

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Hi will you be able to solve my problem? - I can find and read lots of manuals.

For 500 points I am expecting expert help.

Please see attached Windows IMSM condition...
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from that image, you have defined 2 arrays - is that what you want?  otherwise, if array 0 is not wanted, you have to connect the disk to another port.
you have also connected 1 disk to a non-raid port; is that also what you want ?

>>  For 500 points I am expecting expert help.   <<  i just try to help people; i'm NOT a raid expert

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>>  Drive 0 is showing up as a non-RAID disk - NOT what I want   <<  i think that is normal after the imaging; you only need to bring it back into the array imho.
you connected the drive 0 to the same port it was connected to ?
here more info : pg 127 of : http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/d29305008_raid_swg.pdf
The IntelĀ® RAID Web Console 2 normally detects newly installed disk drives and other
storage devices and displays icons for them on the main screen. If the IntelĀ® RAID Web
Console 2 does not detect a new drive, you can use the Scan for Foreign Configuration
option to find it. To do this, follow these steps:
1.Select a controller icon in the left panel.
2.Select Operations | Scan for Foreign Configuration

check this too :  http://www.intel.com/support/faq.htm

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RAID configuration data is stored on the drive in a place that isn't accessible [except to the controller].
When you made your image that information was not transferred to the new drive.
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Backup your data and then try the rebuild again.


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PCBONEZ: You do not understand what a Deepspar Disk Imager (DDI) is. The images are actually clones done via hardware, not software - the 320GB destination drive, for all intents and purposes, becomes a 250GB drive to the destination system. The RAID stack is already corrupt, so there's no way to do a backup.

nobus: That Intel Web Console I think is only for separate Intel RAID controller cards - one for every card, not a single version for all cards. My RAID controlletr is onboard, so there did not seem to be any obvious version to use. The one I used did not have those menu choices you mentioned, and after that it felt like I was going in the wrong direction.

Anyway, I did my RAID recovered as follows (even though 1 drive was defective and a second one was no longer recognized): - First, I imaged (via DDI) all four drives onto 4 new 320GB drives. Then I set up a new Windows XP boot drive and reconnected the clones to the RAID. Then I ran RAID Reconstructor to determine a readable RAID volume and wrote it's image to a 1.5TB drive. Next, I moved that image BACK to a new set of 4 - 250GB drives in a new, blank RAID5 configuration. After removing the temporary WinXP boot drive, the system now boots from the RAID stack into BSDFree as before! Yippee.

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There is no such thing as a "hardware cloning device".
Deepspar Disk Imager does what it does by way of a firmware which is a SOFTWARE program.
And, nowhere in Deepspar's advertising or documentation does Deepspar claim their device can do what you seem to think it can do.
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Deepspar does however have a drive compatibility list for their device and NONE of your drives are listed.

You are already playing against the odds using Seagate 7200.10 series drives as Seagate 7200.7, 7200.8, 7200.9 and 7200.10 series drives have a design defect.
http://datacent.com/datarecovery/hdd/seagate/ST3250410AS   

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