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Which Raid drive is bad

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I have a two drive raid system that i purchased. Upon boot up i get the following message "Hard Disk SMART Status Bad" on your Secondary Slave Drive. I have unplugged each of them one at a time to try to determine which drive is bad. But both boot up the same with the same message. How can i determine which is bad and can i determine what Vista Home Premium thinks is bad about it sense it both of them do boot and run independent of each other.
I also for a while received the attached every 15 minutes or so. I always hit tell me later but the messages stopped on their own.
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You could physically check the drives and look at the ST31000528AS, if both are exactly identical you just do what it says, you have a master and a slave, it reports the slave is bad so try replacing the slave.  You have 2 drives so im assuming its a mirror.  Another thing you could try is crystal disk, Crystal disk software checks the smart board status and reports back any issues.

Crystal disk can be found here:  http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
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i am happy to replace the slave drive. But how do i determine which is the slave drive?
Yes they are a  mirror.
Would the program you recommend be something i would be able to understand what it told me?
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If you have a master/slave setup, then you should be able to check the jumpers on the back of the hard drives. Usually there is a label on the drive or near the jumper pins as to which pin setup is which.
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I ran the seagate seatools SMART test and the result is attached.
It would appear one drive is about to fail.
So am i to look for pin placement or how shall i determine which is the bad drive?
As above unplugging one then the other i get the same start up message.
I could unplug one go to full boot, and then rerun this program is that the easiest way?
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Given this report. Go off of the serial number on the hard drive.
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Check your Raid tools or the BIOS to find the master and slave then reference the motherboard on where the drives are plugged in.  In most cases sata 0 is the primary and sata 1 is the slave, you should be able to see this in the BIOS.
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clearly the best help was to use the Seagate  Seatools it made the rest of the process very easy for a non techie like me.
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