Gigabyte RAID 1 Repair Reinstall in Windows XP Pro (32-bit)
Posted on 2011-10-04
For my issue below, here's the customer's server setup (the parts that will matter to this Q, anyway):
- Running Windows XP Pro (32-bit) - SP3;
- Running RAID 1 mirrored (Seagate ES SATA HDDs);
- Motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-8I954G Pro (that's an i, not the number 1)
As some brief background to my issue, a customer's server won't start up saying the volume is degraded. I've replaced with a suitable drive and the RAID software during boot now says that the drive is a RAID volume. Because the PC won't boot, pausing at AHCP driver (IRQ 9) on boot (basically, just before it would otherwise show the Windows load screen), I'm trying to run a repair reinstall via Windows XP SP3 disk. After having loaded the SATA RAID driver for this mobo via floppy (hitting F6 during boot from CD and selecting the only non-mobile RAID driver mentioned (ICH8R/ ICH9R SATA RAID CONTROLLER)), however, I'm being told that the repair can't proceed as the drive/s can't be detected. Do you know what might be causing this?
This is the 2nd time I've needed to run a repair reinstall of XP on a system running RAID and it's possible I've missed something.