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Raid 5 to Stand-alone drive Problem

Raid COntroller: Highpoint rocketraid 2300
Hard Disk: Western digital 2500aaks (250 gigs)
OS: WinXP
Mother board: Asus P5k

Old working setup:

Primary disk with os: WD 40 gig ide
Data disk: Raid 5 cluster with the Rocket Raid and 3 WD 250 gig

I wanted to use one of my 250 gig drive as my primary drive and
use the 2 others in my D-Link DNS 323, so i removed my Raid controller
and the 3 drives.

The first step was to clone the 40 gig drive on a 250 gigs with
acronis WD. So i plugged the 250 gig drive in my MB sata ctrl, then
the bios hang like 1 minutes during booting, i have a primary
disk failure press F1 to continue message, then windows start and crash
with a blue screen during the startup.

During the boot sequence, i pressed DEL to enter the bios setup, but
the computer totally freeze. I had to unplug the 250 gig to be able
to enter the bios setup. there i changed the boot sequence to boot on
a floppy, i plugged the drive back, and rebooted.

The floppy booted after a minutes and i used the WD utility disk to
low level format my 250 gig drive.

After a low level format here's what append:

1) If i only Ctrl-Alt-Delete to reboot, all goes well, i can install
linux, windows, then again, if i restart the computer without powering it
off, all is working well.

2) Right after a low level format, or a fresh new install of windows
or linux, if i turn off the computer and restart it, the bios hang
again i have a primary disk failure message...

So, the problem is that when i power off the computer, my drives
stop working and my guess is that my rocket raid controller has broken
them i dont know how....

Any idea??

Richard


PS: Sorry for my poor english, it's not my primary language.
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Kobold
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rindiCommented:
Have you tried using other SATA ports on the mainboard? Did you try another SATA cable? Check the Asus Site for BIOS updates, but only update if the notes mention it could fix the problem you are having.
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KoboldAuthor Commented:
I have tried in another computer, with my onboard raid controller (JMicron) and a lot of cable too...

I have an open ticket at Highpoint...
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rindiCommented:
Have you downloaded WD's diagnostic utility and run the tests on the HD, and have you low-level formatted that HD using that tool or was it another tool?
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KoboldAuthor Commented:
I have downloaded the DiagXXX tool from WD and done a LLF with it. Installed my last MB bios. The only thing i didnt do is to format the disk with another computer, i only tried to boot on it from another computer because it doesnt have a floppy to use the WD utility disk.

With the WD diag tool i have done the simple test with no error, i didnt try the full test.
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rindiCommented:
Try the full test. Also, the WD should also be available as an ISO to burn to a CD, or you can get a UBCD that includes the utilities of all the manufacturers, plus more, then you won't waste a CD for just one tool.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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KoboldAuthor Commented:
I already tried an old version of UBCD, im gonna get the last one, also i have tried to use the ISO image from WD but burn it on a DVD cuz i ran out of CD and it refuse to boot, im at work and i will give it a try later tonight, thx

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rindiCommented:
And try it on that other PC.
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KoboldAuthor Commented:
Complete test found no error
Low level formatting on another computer not working.

I have an open ticket at Western Digital and Highpoint.

Seems there is no solution for now...
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rindiCommented:
How old is the old UBCD? If it is old enough, it could still have maxtor's powermax on it, that tool used to work with the disks of other manufacturers and it also has something like low-level format.
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KoboldAuthor Commented:
I finally found the problem with the highpoint tech guy.
Once the staggered spin up feature is enable in the raid controller bios, for some WD drives models, it cannot be disabled at all. My last hope is to try the jumper that has something to do with the spin up...
i'm trying this right now...
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