RAID-5 degraded, but o/s won't boot
Posted on 2012-09-07
Have an Intel Matrix RAID-5 (v188.8.131.528 ICH10R) w/ Windows 2008 Server Standard.
4 x 500MB drives (3 in array, 1 hot spare)
A drive failed during normal operation but the subsequent spare/rebuild operation also failed/froze the system as it became unresponsive within the hour. I hard booted it.
The array intially showed REBUILD status and to boot to the o/s to heal itself, but the subsequent boot went BSOD (Security Registry Hive Failure/Corrupt/Absent).
Next reboot showed DEGRADED status (3 drives still in array, 1 in unknown mode) as seen at RAID BIOS/startup, but now it won't boot into Windows at all (just flashing cursor immediately after... no Windows boot manager, no safe mode options, etc.). Does this repeatedly now.
Can boot from o/s DVD, but I can't do a Windows 2008 o/s restoration, as the array/partition isn't found when during the "restore-to partition" recovery option.
Thoughts? I did see another thread about using a raid recovery s/w to boot and copy the data to a new drive, but getting the original array to boot is my main goal at this point.
Advise? Thanks in advance!