raid 0 striped failed

I have a Dell XPS8300 (Win 7) with dual drives in a RAID 0 configuration.  I get a Missing Operating System message when I boot up.  The screen before it says RAID0 (stripe) failed.

I was able to run Ubuntu off a DVD and recover my data successfully.

What is the best way to revive this PC?  I don't have the Windows 7 disks for this PC.
Steve LowryPrincipal ChemistAsked:
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neowillenditCommented:
You may have changed the hard drive controller setting within the Dell BIOS during startup.

When booting up the PC, hit either F2, F8, or DEL (usually one of those) in order to enter the BIOS setup

Scroll to the tab/section that refers to storage/hard drives/HDDs or something similar to that effect.

Take note of whether your hard drive controller is in RAID, AHCI, EHCI, or IDE mode.  This part is difficult to explain on my end because different controllers have some of these modes, some don't, some laptop manufacturers disable access to these settings...different controller manufacturers operate differently.

The end-state is that hopefully RAID mode for the hard drive controller will fix this issue...if not then you'll have to try the other modes, since each and every controller has different personalities...
rindiCommented:
Don't use RAID 0, or if you do, make lots of backups! You didn't use the utility installed on the PC to make your own set of recovery DVD's when you got the PC? If not, and you haven't made any OS backups, your only option is to order a set of recovery DVD's from Dell. When they arrive, make sure that you don't use RAID 0....

While you wait for the DVD's to arrive from Dell, run the disk manufacturer's diagnostic tools to find out if and which of your disks are bad, then replace the bad one. You'll find those tools on the UBCD:

http://mirror.sysadminguide.net/ubcd/ubcd535.iso

If you are going to use RAID, use RAID 1, and also never use the fakeRAID controller for that which comes on most mainboards, rather use the OS built in RAID functions. That is much more reliable and also performs much better.
manuverhaegenSystem & Storage AdminCommented:
Don't use RAID 0, use RAID 1 or RAID 5

First option 1 : You can try to use Ontrack EasyRecovery software to recover the RAID0
Second option 2 : Start the rebuild for the message (RAID0 (stripe) failed)
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jmcgOwnerCommented:
I wouldn't make a blanket admonition not to use RAID 0, but it would be a mistake to think that RAID 0 gives you redundancy and can resist disk failures. RAID 0 has its uses: through striping two or more disks together you can get some performance increase and create a volume whose capacity is the sum of the capacities of the component disks rather than some fraction.

The fact that you were able to recover your data with a live DVD indicates that the RAID 0 failure may only have involved the very first part of the disk where the boot sector and boot loader are located.

You would need either system image backups or Dell Windows 7 re-install disks to restore your system. You should be able to order Windows 7 media from Dell, still. If you could borrow someone else's Dell Windows 7 re-install disks, that should also work: the OEM scheme is not tied to a particular model of Dell computer.

Whether you should continue to use the RAID 0 setup via the on-board RAID controller (probably fake RAID) is a hard question you should confront. This failure that you've experienced may well happen again and it's definitely a waste of your time recovering from that.
Steve LowryPrincipal ChemistAuthor Commented:
I am actually working on a friend's PC, so I was surprised when I found that the PC was setup by Dell with RAID 0.  I don't want to go back to the RAID 0, but I would like to make the PC usable again using just one good hard drive.
rindiCommented:
Then just order the recovery DVD's from Dell. That is a lot less expensive than buying retail versions of m$ OS's. Many manufacturers don't charge much more than what it costs for mailing the disks, along with a symbolic cost for the paperwork.
nobusCommented:
if you find there is a bad drive, just remove it and install the OS on the other drive, since you don't want raid
how to do a clean install W7 :  http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

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Steve LowryPrincipal ChemistAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all of you for providing information to help me solve my issue.
nobusCommented:
would you be so kind as to tell us HOW you solved it ?
Steve LowryPrincipal ChemistAuthor Commented:
I reformatted one of the drives, and then reinstalled Windows 7 using a Dell recovery disk.  I have a working PC now.
nobusCommented:
thanks for the info
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