How can I reset disks to Non-RAID without losing my data?
Posted on 2011-03-22
I have a Windows XP Pro SP3 system that's been booting to an RAID-array managed by Intel Matrix Storage Manager. It's using a RAID-0 stripe. One of the 2 Maxtor drives used in the array has failed mechanically and system won't boot. In the Intel Configuration manager I have the option to delete RAID array and convert to non-RAID disks, which is what I need. But, it states that the procedure will destroy all data on the disk...? Is this accurate and if so, why?
What procedures do I need to perform to make this happen WITHOUT losing the data and having to reformat the disk, etc. This is just not an option. Too many specialized programs and way, way too much time getting everything set just right.
What I want to do is go ahead and perform the "convert to non-RAID disks" function. Then when it restarts and won't reboot properly...can't I just perform a Windows XP repair operation and do a Fixboot and FixMBR?