rebuilding RAID1 with Intel Matrix Storage Manager Dimension 9150 problems

I installed RAID 1 about a week ago. Today it was degraded. I tried to rebuild following delete RAID volume...create RAID volume....from the RAID configuration utility...There was no Windows utility to work from..Now all data is gone and I have a blank RAID configuration. Is there a way to restore it or do I have to reload everything from scratch? I had downloaded the Intel Matrix Storage Manager from the Dell support page. R130118.exe. Did I load the wrong program. I am running XP Pro SP3.
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MrC63Connect With a Mentor Commented:
It's unfortunate that you'll have to do a complete re-install, however based on what you described, it's probably the only option at this time

You should install the Intel RAID controller software.  I'm not specifically familiar with the Dell Dimension 9150, however if it's using an Intel RAID chipset then you should be able to download and install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology management interface from the Intel website.  You should be able to find the proper version here:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Software+Products&ProductLine=Chipset+Software&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Rapid+Storage+Technology+%28Intel%C2%AE+RST%29

This will provide you with a graphical interface to monitor your drives, re-set or remove failed drives, and rebuild RAID arrays wherever possibly.  It will also allow you to delete an array completely (such as you have already done) -- but the consequences of deleting an array are usually pretty severe.  

Let me know if you have other questions.

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MrC63Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Since you were configured as RAID 1, you *might* be able to recover the data by setting the controller in BIOS to Non-Raid drives, in other words, in standard IDE mode.  You should connect one drive at a time (and disconnect the other) after you've changed the controller to non-RAID.

This may allow you to boot from one of the two drives.  This will occasionally work, but because you deleted the RAID volume, it could unfortunately also mean that it wiped all partitions on both drives.

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atf3docAuthor Commented:
Looking ahead....what should I install to ensure that this doesn't happen again?
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atf3docAuthor Commented:
I'm thinking the worst that I will have to install all from scratch.
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atf3docAuthor Commented:
I reinstalled RAID 1 and all software and one drive failed degraded again in about a week. This time I just put a clean hard drive in its place and it rebuilt the RAID volume after it booted into windows. I had installed the Rapid Storage Technology, but it wouldn't let me do anything from that gui. But all seems to be well now. Thanks for your help.
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